Ellen Miles, founder, is realistic and very caring about stray cats in the Maywood area. She educates kids and adults about maintaining a cat community and helps get cats trapped and neutered.
I have been working with this organization as a volunteer for 3+ years now. Our primary focus is helping feral cats by getting them spayed or neutered and returned to a colony where they will be fed and sheltered. We also try to identify stray cats and do all we can to either get them back to their owners or find them homes. Some of the cats we try to rehome have been nursed back to health from severe trauma or health issues. Every year we have a few kittens to find homes for also; usually the offspring of cats we trap and neuter.
I have worked with Catvando for almost 3 years and think it is a very effective way of helping cats. We "trap, neuter and return" hundreds of outdoor cats, preventing even more hundreds of stray and feral cats. We also rescue cats and kittens that need medical attention, and help the adoptable ones find homes.
Catvando is an organization that has saved and improved the lives of countless cats and kittens. While driving around the back of a local hardware store about 8 months ago, I notices about 8 cats in the area. I had just finished grocery shopping, so I had a bag of cat food. I emptied the entire bag on the ground, then turned the corner. Upon doing so. I noticed a sign saying , do not feed the cats. It went on to explaing that they were being fed by a volunteer and explained the idea of trap, neuter, and return. Writing the phone numner of Catvando was the start of learning about this amazing organization, and the compassionate, tireless, woman who started this organization. Since then I have seen the many cats and kittens that have been given a chance at life by being trapped, neutered/spayed , and returned under the care of a volunteer who feeds and cares for them. If not for this organization, these cats would be hungry, sick, and continue producing more and more unwanted, homeless cats. Cats that require medical attention, receive it with loving care. Those cats that are not feral, but are homeless strays, are found homes as often as possible. I have even had the opportunity to trap some kittens, name them, and become their colony caregiver. This is a honest, compassionate non-profit that is making a difference. I am glad I took the route behing the hardware store.
Since becoming aware of the sad life of feral cats I have found others who can make a difference. CatVando definitely has made a difference in the lives of many many cats and helped countless citizens to find compassion for these loving creatures. After having a kitten problem years ago I realized the answer was not to capture them and eliminate them but to spay and neuter. The cats I have come to know, feed and shelter are close to my heart. The relentless hard work of the leader of this group and volunteers have made an impact on the population of feral cats and their quality of life by educating the public with solutions .
This is an amazing organization that helps stop the stray cat population from being so high. CatVando takes in homeless cats and gets them neutered so that they cannot keep having kittens. This is a huge impact on having a bunch cats on the loose with no homes, and shes raising all of the money on her own and doing this out of the kindness of her heart.
CatVando is a 5 stars organizaion it helps the abandoned strays and the helpless cats born on the streets. The feral cat population is estimated to be sixty million. The life expectancy of a stray/feral cat is less than 2 years. Unfortunately its to late for the cats that are already out there. CatVandos trap neuter and release program will stop hundreds of unwanted cats from being born.
While the numbers of Street Cats (ferals and strays) are ever increasing in communities all over, rare is the organization with a effective solution that addresses the issue with humanity. CatVando is that rare organization. They work with individuals and communities to identify cat colonies. They instruct on TNR (trap, neuter and return) and the management of colonies. Though sterilization and controlled feeding, cat colonies are reduced through natural attrition. CatVando continues to promote TNR to municipalities in t in southwestern Chicago and surrounding communities. CatVando is a small organization that does a tremendous amount of good work. They are truly remarkable.
I had called CatVando for help and advice on trapping a mother cat and her babies. CatVando loaned me the traps, helped me set them up, transported the animals once they were trapped for the spay/neuter and took care of them during their recovery. CatVando also found the animals a new living area once they had recovered. This organization is outstanding in their caring help and support of the animals.
I worked with CatVando in capturing several semi-feral cats on the grounds of a Hospital. They were remarkable in completing the task of TNR and assisting with care. I now care for several of the cats that were trapped and neutered. Without the help of CatVando, the population of kittens has stopped. Prior to this many were taken by wildlife and did not fair well. They have both saved ktterns and saved the adult cats. During my experience with them they also saved some dogs. This organization is outstanding and always available for advise and assistance.
I met the founder of CatVando Ellen Miles over 10 years ago when I became her petsitter for her dogs & cat at that time. Over the years as CatVando came into being, I always knew Ellen to be a compassionate, caring & kind person who had a true "calling" in helping to save animals, particularly cats, from the harsh & sad situations that arise from living on the streets & being feral. Ellen seems to be a "wonder woman" in that she has boundless energy & endless knowledge when it comes to caring for the homeless cats & kittens that she finds & who are fortunate to find their way to her. But Ellen is also blessed with wonderful, caring & dedicated helpers, all volunteers who help get the various jobs done that are needed in order for CatVando to exist. I have adopted 2 beautiful kittens (Toesie & Lucy) whom I adore from CatVando and I tell all of my kitty clients, along w/anyone I know who may be interested in adopting a cat or kitten to seek out CatVando. I am grateful to Ellen & all her wonderful volunteers for not only bringing Toesie & Lucy into my life, but also for caring for the stray & homeless kitties living on the streets.
When we first met Ellen the founder of CATVANDO we new she was someone that really care's about all the forgotten and discarded cat's living on the street's.She educated us on TNR which is the only solution to keep the cat population from getting out of hand.And let me tell ya it really work's.Ellen has a great group of volunteer's that work hard having yard sale's to pay for all the TNR'S,food medical need's etc. We can't say enough about Ellen, what a wonderfull caring person.
When I moved into my current neighborhood one of the neighbors pointed out the various cats and told me they were strays. I mentioned to an aquaintance that I was involved in cat rescue in California and they brought me a flyer that mentioned Catvando. I made contact and was provided traps and was able to TNR the cats in my vicinity. The people at Catvando made arrangements to have the cats neutered and provided with medical care. The neighbors commented about how fat the cats are now because they are so well fed. As an animal lover I am thankful for Catvando and the love and care they give to the strays and ferals in the Western Suburbs.
Five years ago in January, we had six cats living on our alley and new ones coming in any time soon. We didn’t know what to do. We fed them, but realized that there will be two litters probably from half of them each year and in the long run - it would financially get harder for us to feed them all. The neighbors seemed not to care and we were really desperate. I emailed almost every animal/pet/anti cruelty/humane organization in Chicago, described the situation and asked what to do. We knew that animal control takes cats but, they take them to pounds where pets get killed. After few days, I got a call from Ellen from Catvando. She came to our house, explained the whole TNR idea (we hadn’t heard about it before) and showed what to do to make cats come to our cats. What Ellen told us made sense and we decided to take a try. Within two weeks we managed to ’move’ and feed cats to our patio and slowly familiarize them with traps. Then one Friday night, we caught all of them and early Saturday morning we drove to the vet to have them neutralized, vaccinated, and micro chipped. For three days after that, we took care of them in our garage until they healed and later let them out. Since then, there have not been new kittens in our neighborhood and the cats keep coming for food every day and in the winter use shelters that we built for them.
If Ellen (Catvando) did not contact us back then and helped us to TNR our cats, by now we would probably have tens of cats. What’s worse, possibly some of the kittens would not make it through the winter… Now, the ones that are left are strong and healthy and they don’t reproduce.
Thank you Ellen!!!
I was in a desperate situation: facing foreclosure, with no money, and a garage full of feral cats and kittens. I couldn't bear the thought of leaving all these little ones behind to starve (or worse), and contacted dozens of organizations for help. Catvando was the only organization that stepped up to help me. Ellen Miles is an absolute Angel to these cats....the ferals....the ones that nobody wants. With Catvando's help, my ferals were all TNR'd, and I was able to bring several adults with me to my new residence. This has meant so much to me. I can't say enough good things about this organization, they gave me hope, and more importantly, they gave my feral cats a chance, when no one else would.
I have been working with CatVando since Feb. 2012. The founder of this Trap Neuter and Return charity (Ellen Miles) is a person who loves and really wants to help the cats in the street. She has helped me and many others who have cats in their areas, to keep the cats from multiplying. This charity has helped cats that have been injured and sick. It is a great charity and I am proud to be a vounteer.
There is a big problem with feral cats in our community. Catvando has been the most helpful in not only helping to keep this problem under control but has helped others in other communites by teaching them the benefits of TNR, neutering, and humane ways to help feral felines. In addition to this, they also help domesticated cats when the owners are no longer able to care for them. I have contacted them whenever I have issues with feral cats whether it be sheltering, feeding, or health issues and there is always someone on their staff who is knowledgeable enough to provide advice and guidance. As busy as they are, their tireless fundraising work is another indication of their commitment to caring for these unfortunate creatures.
My grandmother used to say that God created certain people to take care of the "orphans of the storm." Over my lifetime, I've had a 3 legged cat, a one-eyed car, and a one-eared cat. But the people at Catvando take care of such cats every single day. So many cats with severe injuries and infections, all lovingly cared for and rehabilitated and neutered. Some are returned to feral cat colonies that are monitored by Catvando volunteers, and some are adopted. None are ignored. I adopted two of their orphans, and enjoy their company very much. This is a great organization that operates on a shoestring, and 100% of donations go straight to the cats. Maureen Sullivan
All animals need help. The feral and or stray cats seem to be the forgotten ones. CatVando fills this void with passion and committment. They are truly a grassroots organization that is totally committed to helping feral and stray cats through TNR and educating the community. Their primary mission is help reduce and care for cats living in our communities. Their secondary mission is to promote respect for life. They have educated me in making me aware of the need for tnr in our communities and the help that the cats need when living outdoors. Fenisia P acini
I cannot say enough good things about CatVando. They are an organization filled with tiredless volunteers who believe in the trap, neauter, return program for cats. The coordinator and founder of CatVando, Ellen Miles, is such a caring and knowledgeable person. The time she devotes to this cause is beyond commendable. They have rescued thousands of homeless cats, nursed them back to health and found loving homes also. They run training programs for people to show them how to take care of colonies of cats and prevent the multiplication of them. Their resources are little, yet they continue to work long and hard hours doing all they can to continue their mission. They need and deserve everyone's donations to continue doing their good work. CatVando is the angel to homeless cats. Please consider donating to their organization today.