I cannot begin to praise Fairchild "Feral Friends" Foundation enough for all the hard work and compassion they put forth for cats in need. My mother and I have been caring for a feral colony outside of our house for about the past 10 years. What started out as feeding about 3 cats who would regularly come to our house, ending up growing into a colony of nearly 30. For years, we dealt with what felt like the never ending cycle of new kittens, and even new fully grown cats showing up, and we felt like it was a situation we would never get control of. Anyone who has ever cared for a colony of outdoor cats knows the struggles involved. After losing a whole litter of kittens to FeLV I knew something HAD to be done in order to make sure all of the cats we cared for were fixed and that there health needs were maintained. With Fairchild Foundation's clinics, and Dr. Fry's caring and professional service, we are now down to just 3 cats who are still in need of being sterilized. It's amazing the time, effort, care, professionalism, and compassion Dr. Fry and her volunteers put into the work they do, and I am endlessly grateful for the help they have provided to not only the colony I care for, but all the other many colonies in the area. Not only have they spayed and neutered our cats, they have provided wonderful advice on how to use drop-traps(for the hard to catch kitties), and early on provided us with birth control until we were able to get some of the higher reproducing cats to the clinic. If you are ever in need of any help involving feral cats, this is the first place I would go to, and the first I would recommend.
There was a large feral colony (50+) at a strip mall near my house. Some of the cats were in terrible shape - limping, missing eyeballs and very sick looking. The colony caretaker was doing her best but couldn't afford to get the cats sterilized. Lucky for her (and the cats) I found Fairchild Foundation which is run by Dr. Fry. Over the past 2 years we have successfully sterilized all the females in the colony and are working on trapping the 2 final males. Quite a few of the cats had FIV or leukemia (a couple even tested positive for both) and were humanely euthanized. The remaining cats in the colony? They look fantastic - glossy coats, flabby bellies and gleaming eyes signifying healthy and happy felines. The colony has shrunken as the cats age and disappear but it's now under control; none of which would have been possible without Fairchild. The advise, guidance and services they offer are bar none (especially for the cost). These folks truly believe in their mission - every person involved is a volunteer! I can't say enough about this organization - they are inspirational and provide much needed services in this area!
A local farm has had a feral colony of about 12 cats for many years, but last Spring there were pet cats - many of which were pregnant - dumped there by irresponsible owners. The population soared as the kittens arrived! I took had 25 cats and kittens to Fairchild's clinic over the course of 4 months. There is NO way that I could have been able to afford to spay/neuter all those animals at the prices a regular veterinarian would charge! Plus, Fairchild's clinic provided rabies shots & other services! They also, sadly, found several of the dumped cats were seriously ill and we were able to put them humanely to rest. AMAZING, CARING STAFF!!
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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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 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 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.
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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.
Thomas D. Delcamp, Vice President
The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
215.222.4200 Ext. 3013
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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.
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The Fairchild Foundation helped me to catch a colony in its early stages and avoid it getting out of hand. Their dedication to the cause of Trap, Neuter, Release is clear in everything they do, from the clinics themselves to their efforts to educate the public. Dr. Fry has proven to be a compassionate person and a skilled professional. This is an organization which is deserving of support.
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