FAIRCHILD FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 6431 Wyomissing PA 19610 USA

Mission: Fairchild Foundation is an all volunteer, non-profit grassroots Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) organization that helps spay and neuter stray and feral cats in Berks County and surrounding areas in PA thus reducing the unwanted cat population by millions.  Fairchild was the first formal organization in Berks County of its kind, and it established a valuable resource where none had existed before.
Geographic areas served: Berks County, PA
Programs: Our goal is to spay and neuter 30 feral cats every month this year to help reduce the cat overpopulation problem in our community.  By spaying and neutering feral cats we can effectively reduce the number of cats that are euthanized in animal shelters by millions over the next several years.  Because feral cats are unsocialized to humans and can’t adjust to life in a human home, the only possible outcome is death if they enter a shelter.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

For the past 3 years I have been taking care of the feral cats in our area. We live in the country so our numbers were not just getting higher because of kittens but people dropping cats off. Last year I called our Humane Society to see if they had a feral cat program they did not and could not tell me of anyone that did. Thankfully a co-worker of mine had some feral cats and found the Fairchild Foundation. This past month I had two of my cats spayed. I cannot say enough about this program. The volunteers were so friendly and helpful I was sure that my cats were in good hands. They were very well taken care of, I didn't have to worry about them one bit. It is so wonderful to know that there are programs like this.

I am so thankful to the Fairchild Foundation for making it possible to spay/neuter these cats that are very dear to my heart.

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person. When I dropped the cats off they were taken to a nice quiet room to await surgery. The volunteers were just wonderful.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Absolutely nothing! They have everything down pat. Registering the cats went so smoothly and pick up was great. They took such great care of them.

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In January of 2001 my local paper had a full page article on the number of cats that were euthanized at our two public animal shelters in my county. I had no idea! 2,000! I was so horrified I never slept all night.

I was retiring in a few months and vowed that I would find out what was being done in my county to help with this terrible situation. So when I retired I started to ask questions... first my vet, then the name and phone number she gave me, then off to a feral cat conference, and then I learned about the Fairchild Foundation and what they were doing. They were doing what many should be doing... spaying and neutering feral cats so that those terrible numbers and the suffering of homeless cats can be reduced. I have been a supporter of the Fairchild Foundation ever since. They have terrific volunteers that put many hours into working for the betterment of this situation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have observed at their clinics

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money

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I started feeding some stray cats a few years back who just showed up on my porch one day; there were 3 of them and all 3 ended up being pregnate at the same time! (At one point i had 24 cats @ my place!). As they had their kittens i tried to keep them were they would have human contact so i could give them to friends and I took some of them to a pet store if they were friendly enough. They just kept multiplying and having more kittens and not always in a place where i could get to them ~ we live in a wooded area with a couple of acres & housing development behind us. It was getting harder & harder to find them homes and the longer they were outside the more wild they became. After having several of them spayed/neutered at my vet i realized i could not afford to get them all done & tried to get several organizations to help but with no success as the waiting lists were so long or I didn't live in their county... I was getting overwhelmed & then i found the Fairchild foundaiton when i took one of the sick strays to the vet. Dry Fry put me on thier list and was able to help me the next month! They were the only one who did help me. The Fairchild Foundation gave me birth control, which I think helped cut back on litters, and is letting me use one of their humane traps for free; I had no idea at the time how to trap a cat humanely and Dr. Fry provided instructions and helpful hints. This is the first year I started using the birth control I did not see any kittens in the fall. It is getting harder to get the birth control into the feral cats because the spayed/neutered cats are now actually staying on the porch where i have provided shelter for them and they are usually the first to eat. I do have a shelter down behind the house that i try to feed then the birth control & hope the unspayed cats eat first so hopefully no kittens will appear this spirng. Some of the more wild cats have just dissapeared and some have died but several cats are still coming around for food. The spayed cats will sit on the porch and watch us and only 2 will let us pet them. i still have a few that need to be spayed/neutered & I am very thankful/grateful for The Fairchild Foundation clinics and Dr. Fry for helping me to reduce the amout of cats here.

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I am so thankful to the Fairchild foundation for helping me to reduce the number of cats i have and providing what seems to be a better life for them since there are less cat fights.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They do such an excellent job ~ they are caring even though they treat so many stray cats. I could use more help in catching the wild cats but i don't think they need any changes.

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I began feeding stray cats who were hanging around the bird feeder in the backyard they appeared to be starving and eating bird seed. I had no idea at the time how to trap a cat humanely and no place to keep a cat until I could get an appointment at a vet to have them spayed or neutered. I do not even know where they came from, but they started to have kittens under the garage or in the woods in holes made by wild animals, such as groundhogs. When they began to have more and more kittens I took them to an animal shelter because I hoped they would find them homes. These were cats and kittens that I had never been able to touch. When I found out that the animal shelter I took them to puts feral cats and kittens to sleep right away I tried to find a no kill shelter for them. I found out that no kill shelters want cats that are friendly or they can not find homes for them either. The no-kill shelter I found would spay and neuter the cats and kittens for me but they insisted I could not release them and had to have a place for them to recover. Fairchild Foundation gave me birth control, which I think helped cut back on litters, and left me use one of their humane traps for free for a long time. The first year I started using the birth control I did not see any kittens in the fall. As the cats were getting spayed and neutered it became harder to get the birth control into the feral cats because the spayed and neutered cats were usually first to the food dishes. I have been helped a lot by The Fairchild Foundation and Dr. Fry. Some of the cats have dissapeared and some have died but most of the cats are still coming around for food and their lives seem to be better. I am hoping to not have any kittens this spring. But if any new cats show up I know that if I can catch them I can take them to one of The Fairchild Foundation clinics.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Trap-neuter-return clinics the third Sunday of every month.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more people involved in T-N-R. Because their are people who have told me they want to get cats they feed birth control and they can not without going to a vet for it. They just do not want to trap the cats themselves they want someone from The Fairchild Foundation to trap the cats for them and they just do not have enough volunteers, I guess.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

How did you find this group?

I found Dr. Fry and her staff to be very helpful to me and non-judgemental even though I no I am not the best of caretakers for my cat colony.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Well I know now I can help stop some of the feral cats from reproducing and that way I can care for the cats that come looking for food. Cats no one wants.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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The Fairchild Foundation has been working tirelessly to reduce the stray/homeless cat population. Many people volunteer their time, give money, organize fundraisers and care for the cats. Without the support of the people many more cats would be homeless and disease ridden. I have seen cats taken from barns and streets be given the chance to live a comfortable life in a nice warm home. I have seen colonies of cats that were breeding out of control be spayed and neutered. I have seen sick cats be cared for and returned healthy. This program works, is being done efficiently and effectively and most of all is making a difference in the surrounding communities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen cats be adopted and colonies reduced.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Donate more money to help them aquire the equipment they need.

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I was one of the first to have the Fairchild Foundation help spay/neuter the feral kitties on my property. It took over a year to trap them all and the last few were very difficult to trap. Volunteers came to my home and helped me. I will be forever grateful for all the help they were to me. Dr. Fry is a caring professional who is providing a much needed service. She and her staff of volunteers are a gift to all the feral kitties they have helped over the years.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the caring way they helped me spay/neuter the cats on my property.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

just try to get more hepl and volunteers.

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I wish to tell you of my own personal experience and the success of TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN. Understand that the problems we face are not the fault of these precious lives themselves. My wife and I are caregivers to the registered feral cat colony (Sweet Bay). I can tell you that prior to seeking the support and assistance of Fairchild Foundation we spent thousands of dollars to neuter, and provide a safe, healthy environment for these animals to live out their lives. My personal phrase is “It’s not easy to be an alley cat.” I can tell you of the appreciated love from a distance that we have received from these felines.

While fiscal issues of our community be as they are it truly would be to the greater good to allow and support Trap Neuter Return and Fairchild Foundation.

Understand that the Sweet Bay Colony has over the years gone from dozens of animals to but fifteen with no births or additions this year. All this while I still provide health care as needed and the opportunity for them to live out their lives. And for this I feel good, because I have done good!

In a world of anger, hate, war, and disease a program of TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN offers simply a chance at a cared-for life for a most unfortunate creature on this earth.

Support TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN!

Thomas D. Delcamp, Vice President

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

215.222.4200 Ext. 3013

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fairchild Foundation has continued to provided assistance for my colony producing positive results in limiting the growth of the feral colony

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wish for the Fairchild Foundation to be the world wide model for local TNR programs.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

local community cable information program

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

They have extended and grown my compassion for all animals.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I could not have done it without Fairchild. When I moved to my property- a small farm- the prior owner had abandoned several cats. They had been breeding out of control for sometime. With the help of Fairchild I was able to bring the population under control and substantially improve the colony health. This was also a big plus for the entire neighborhood which had become overrun with feral felines. We all love cats but it had become frustrating trying to control the breeding, care for the kittens, and listening to the fighting Toms.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

see my review above

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to help them have weekly clinics rather than monthly-

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I foster cats and dogs with an animal rescue and Dr. Fry has helped us so much with our rescue vetting needs. She also volunteers her time with The Fairchild Foundation to do TNR. I have volunteered at the clinic, brought feral cats myself as well, and what they are doing there is wonderful. Fairchild is passionate about helping to control the cat population that is so out of hand in this country. What they do is a very much needed service in the area for people in the community that need a place to reach out to for help. I have seen first hand as well when someone comes in that needs to help a cat, but financially cannot even afford the small donation fee......Dr. Fry helps anyway because someone cared enough to bring that cat for TNR even though they have no money...they have a heart and that counts for something. So, to be awarded this $5,000 will help Fairchild immensely in their mission to continue to help the cats in Berks County and beyond.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering at the clinics.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have it be a clinic that had funds to function 5 days a week, as it is SOOOO needed in our area.

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I am a friend of a very caring vet that gives her time and expertise to Fairchild Foundation in helping feral cats by traping them, vaccinating them, spay/neuter and then releasing them again. She is tireless in her compassion for these cats. Fairchild is a very needed organization that helps to keep the homless cat population down while helping the cats to live a better and healthier life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the times I have been with the vet and she may have had some of the cats in her practice, but mostly just by talking and listening to the vet explain everything she does for these precious animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make any changes

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