February 9, 2011
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.
Ways to make it better...
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?
How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?
How do you feel you were treated by this organization?
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?
Client Served & I hoped I helped some of the feral cats outside my house by having them spayed and neutered, I know I could not have done it without the educational and financial help of The Fairchild Foundation.