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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I'am looking for help to spay a female about 1 yr old who already had a litter of 4. I found a home for 2 of them so this left me with 3. 2 kittens and a mother. The kittens are 2 males and they are 6 months old now. I tried getting a hold of this foundation to help me out with spaying and no luck. I'am willing to feed them and keep them warm in the winter which I have this past winter. They were in my daughters mud room with a heater but are ready to come out now and I can't let them out till the female is at least spayed. I can bring her or them to the foundation but cannot afford to have them have surgery. I'am on SS and my budget is very tight. I give all I give now and cut myself short but didn"t
want to see them starve or freeze to death. I kept one of the kittens myself. Mother and the 1 kitten are very scared and withdrawn. The other kitten will let you pet him. The one I kept is a darling and I need him neutered also but was going to try to find a place to have him done that I could afford. I can't afford to have all the others done. Please can anyone help these poor little ones? I will bring them there and pick them up and continue to feed them aft surgery. They are use to these surroundings. This is a picture of the one I kept. The other one which is lighter (cream) is very fluffy and the other one is similar to this one. Mother is a 3 colored female. I would appreciate it very much. I know if I take the mother and 1 son they will have them put down because they are to scared. They know me and my daughter but still a little scared. The cream one , there is hope for him. Mother we call "Missy" son which is also a scared one we call "Spaz" cream colored one which is not scared we call "Cream Pie" Please see if you can help me with these little ones. Thank you! Email is
sandie_morris@yahoo.com

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work with a vet who volunteers her time with the Fairchild Foundation & we have told people about their great program when they called our animal hospital looking for help with stray cats in their area. They are a wonderful, helpful group of volunteers!!!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To Whom It May Concern,

Dr. Fry and her team are awesome and doing something that is really needed. Dr. Fry was our vet at one time and we love her so much!!! I feel trap, neuter, vaccinate and release is a wonderful program that helps the over populating of cats. They also get the vaccines that they need. Not only does it keep the cats from over populating, it also helps the cats from fighting and spraying!!! This program should continue for it helps not only the cats, but us humans as well!!!

Thank you!!!

Review from Guidestar