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Central Texas Feline Rescue Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Mission Statement Central Texas Feline Rescue is helping to solve the crisis and tragedy of unwanted and abandoned cats by operating a Trap Neuter Return Manage (TNRM) program for feral kittens and cats. Our mission is to stabilize and reduce the overpopulation of unwanted cats roaming the streets of Central Texas.

Geographic areas served: North Austin

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have noticed some feral cats roaming our neighborhood. After some research, I came across Central TX Feline Rescue online and found they had a lot of resources and tips. I emailed Elizabeth, the founder, and she let me know that not only would they be able to get the cats neutered and spayed, but they could also provide a volunteer trapper. She has been great to work with. Very responsive, very nice, and has gone above and beyond trying to help me and also providing the best situation for these cats.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with CTFR when I’d taken on a litter of 5 kittens. Elizabeth Brumbaugh, the founder of CTFR, sponsored all 5 kittens to be spayed/neutered AND set up an intake appointment for them at the Austin Humane Society, so that they could be placed through AHS’s adoption program. With a sick cat of our own, the financial relief and support that Elizabeth provided was a BIG help. From there I got to know Elizabeth, the group, and the work CTFR does. The volunteers are wonderfully caring people that are totally dedicated to reducing the number of unwanted cats, and improving the quality of life for feral cats. The volunteers feed the feral cat colonies every single day – rain or shine, 365 days a year! I started volunteering myself. I’ve helped with fundraising events, and I feed some of the colony cats (that I love!) on the weekends. Besides giving their time, some CTFR volunteers choose to provide the food for the colonies they feed themselves, as CTFR operates solely on donations. When I’ve donated monies before to non-profit groups, I’ve checked out how much of the donation goes to “administrative costs” – I want to make sure my money really reaches the group I’m trying to help, and not the people that run it! Well, CTFR has 0% administrative cost. Every single penny that CTFR receives goes to the cats. Now that’s love .

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For several years now I have been helping Central Texas Feline Rescue Trap Spay or Neuter Release and Manage Feral cat colonies in Round Rock and North Austin. This group is such a wonderful asset to the community. With consistant TNR we have reduced the number of feral cats in Round Rock, had sick cats treated and rehomed, eliminated small colonies by rehoming to rural barn settings, helped educate people about feeding cats and given them free options to have them Spayed or Neutered and lightened the food cost burden for many who have become overwhelmed by feeding feral cats. Whether you like cats or not this organization benefits everyone because it prevents the increase in unwanted animals and sick animals on the streets.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned of Central Texas Feline Rescue when I moved into a new apartment complex and found 4 homeless kittens there. I began to feed them regularly and I soon discovered that they were not the only hungry, feral cats in the complex. Before I knew it I had begun feeding a large colony of cats - which I knew was a problem. I did some research online and discovered CTFR. I immediately emailed them and by the next week someone was at my apartment ready to start humanely trapping the cats, getting them spayed/neutered, and then returning them to the environment they knew and loved. I came to learn this process was called TNR, Trap-Neuter-Return. I saw first hand the positive effects TNR had on the cat's lives and on the environment. CTFR was able to get the number of cats quickly under control and through caring for the colony these cats lives were incredibly improved. Soon after meeting the amazing and dedicated founder of the organization (and the many other wonderful CTFR volunteers) I also began volunteering. I have not only seen what CTFR can do through being a client of theirs, but have seen what awesome resources they make available to communities and neighborhoods through being a volunteer. Finally - and most importantly - I have seen what this great organization does for the lives of homeless, hungry, suffering feral cats within the community. Through dedication, hard work, and a true love for these animals CTFR addresses the problems feral cats often bring with them and gives the kitties a chance at having a beautiful life.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

CTFR saved us from a situation that had no apparent solution. We had a population of feral cats on our property that was sure to grow in number, but we could find no organization that would take them for adoption. Putting them down was not an option for us. CTFR helped us trap, spay and neuter, vaccinate and recover them. Now after three years our colony has remained stable at six cats. We can't imagine our home without them, and we are so grateful to CTFR for providing this loving and humane solution.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first came across Central Texas Feline Rescue while working with a client that needed help with their feral feline colony. They were about to loose their home but kept spending money on feeding and caring for their ever growing cat population. Immediately, volunteers went out and started the process of getting all of the cats fixed. I believe they even provided some food for them. It brought great comfort and relief to my clients who themselves had big hearts for these cats. Than when my own feral population started getting out of control due to many new kittens I contacted CTFR myself. It is amazing the personal time and energy the volunteers put into caring for these animals. They go beyond what I expected and it feels great knowing that someone else is there to help care for the cats. It is obvious the love and big hearts that the volunteers have for ferals. For example, I had a big tomcat that had a broken canine. He needed surgery to fix the tooth so he could eat. They helped me find a vet that would do it for a discount and than Elizabeth and her husband volunteered to take the tomcat to the vet to get the care he needs. Like I said, above and beyond. I will be forever greatful to CTFR for their help. And so will the cats!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CTFR is a tireless organization helping the Central Texas Cat population live healthier and safer lives. By trapping, spaying/neutering, and returning the cats to their environment, CTFR is helping to control the population and preventing cat colonies from running rampant in communities. The volunteers work with total dedication on limited means, but they always make good things happen.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've known the founder of Central Texas Feline Rescue for several years now. I am repeatedly impressed by the experiences with it she relates to me, which show her heartfelt dedication to the purpose of this group. She and the volulnteers are committed to working endless hours, going wherever needed, giving of personal funds and home space to meet the needs of feral cats and educate the community regarding them. Each cat is treated humanely and given the best care possible regardless of its health and injuries. Even a blind cat recovering from other issues was treated and adopted. CTFR has high standards and is careful to place cats only in healthy,caring homes. In adition, this organization is one of the best when it comes to accounting for and stretching donations. Fund-raisers are top-notch and an another example of the overall quality and dedication of the folks at CTFR. Wish I had more money to support their work.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year I had a mother cat and two kittens that often sought shelter on my porch. I wasn't sure how to help them. Central Texas Feline Rescue came and trapped the three cats, they were spade, got a check up and rabies shot and then released back on the property. They volunteers gave me food to feed the cats and encouraged me to feed the cats everyday. I have been doing this ever since and the cats depend on me to feed them. Other cats have come to feed on my porch and with one call the CTFR, the cats were trapped, fixed, and released. CTFR has since asked to me to help trapping cats, feeding colonies in other locations, and transporting cats to the Humane society. Since helping, I have seen how very dedicated and caring the volunteers are. They take great care for all the cat colonies and show a true love and devotion to cats in the area.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CTFR does a great lot for the community/feral cats/kittens in our area. They do TNR (Trap, Nueter & Return) and then manage (feed & etc) many colonies through-out our community. Also take in and find homes for kittens or cats that are in bad situation or that are ill. There are a lot of unselfish people in this group that volunteer not only for the love of the unwanted felines but for the greater good of the community (by helping control the unwanted cat population). The founder of the group is a shining example of how giving some are towards this cause. Not only has she given up her garage, spends HOURS of her time on a weekly basis running TNR but she also spends a lot of her own money helping sick or hungry cats. Not only are there a lot of great people in this group, but it is a GREAT group to be a part of.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first started as a volunteer, 6 years ago, I was oblivious to the plight of feral cats. Since then, I have learned that what we are accomplishing has a huge impact, not only on the lives of these animals but the community. Since there are going to be feral cats, we want to keep the numbers down by trapping, neuter/spay, and returning these cats to their colonies. We commit to maintaining these colonies by feeding them and continuing to watch for new ferals that have not been TNR'ed. At times we find tame cats, sick cats or kittens. We try to the best of our ability to rehabilitate them and find the homes. This group is made up of a core set of tireless volunteers that keep fighting the good fight day after day and year after year. We would love to have more volunteers, some of our dedicated people are doing several colonies and it would be nice to give them a break (that is, if they want it).

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteer for Central TX Feline Rescue for about a year. I help feed a large population of feral cats living in a mobile home park. Not only do I make sure the cats are fed and watered properly, I make sure they are generally healthy and report any sick or new or un-neutered animals so they can be TNR. Generally the cats I deal with have gotten to know and trust me and are friendly and calm. I feel Central TX Feline Rescue does a great service by maintaining the cat population with their TNR program.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started feeding for CTFR but as I started to get more involved with the organization I realized what more they do and I was amazed at the dedication all the volunteers have whether rain or shine, hot or cold CTFR makes a huge impact on the population of cats. The volunteers dedicate their time and energy to make a difference in the community. WAY TO CENTRAL TEXAS FELINE RESCUE what would we do without you?

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Because I have friends who volunteer with CTFR, I have been aware of their good work for a long time and have contributed to their charity. Recently, a friend found two feral kittens near her house who were very young and in need of foster care. CTFR helped me find foster care for the two kittens, who are now on their way to getting permanent homes. This is a wonderful organization, so necessary with the amount of cats and kittens who are born each year with no one to care for them.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was able to help at CTFR, I felt like I was making a difference in the lives of cats that no one cared about. It was so amazing, after a few times feeding, they would hear the car coming and be waiting, meowing, and acknowledging that they knew we were there just for them. The cats will never know how much they give back - when they are secure enough about a feeder that they will willing come in and allow you to watch them eat. Unfortunately, I got ill and had to curtail my activities with CTFR, but keep tabs on their great work. MEG

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Texas Feline Rescue was amazing. The volunteer that helped me was friendly and dependable and answered all of the questions I had throughout the process. She was patient, returning a few times to catch the shiest cat, and I am sincerely glad that I called!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group was started by a very dedicated cat lover who saw a need for TNR in her area. I've done everything from fostering kittens for them (and ended up keeping 2!), trapping, feeding, working adoption events and always including them in my food purchases at the pet store. They're a great group, with a small, very dedicated core group of volunteers. The number of cats they have helped is amazing (along with a couple of dogs) and they've managed to put a small dent in the feral cat population in the areas they serve.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You know how you search for a job that feels like home, and it's hard to find? Well, I found it, but I don't get paid for it! CTFR is made up of amazingly dedicated volunteers who take our responsibility to the cats we help very seriously. I think we have the best trapping and feeding teams of any TNR program I know, and we do it all without much money. I'm very proud to be part of this organization and invite all readers to join or donate.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with CTFR a little under a year ago and I am constantly taken back by how passionate and dedicated these folks are. Every single day, the cats in our colonies are fed and watered and cared for, and every week we are out there TNR'ing to make sure that they all have quality lives. This group is run almost entirely out of our founder's garage (and pocket)! She works tirelessly around the clock to keep us together and organized and working for this great cause. Not only do the members of CTFR go out every day to take care of feral cats, many of us are also homes to fosters that we take in (some even forever). This group is small, but we are made up of some amazing individuals who are dedicated to making the lives of these cats better. I am so honored that I am able to work with them.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Central Texas Feline Rescue is amazing. Their tireless dedication, compassion and committment to helping homeless kitties never faulters. I am very expereinced with working with feral and stray animals. I know what it takes to TNRM (trap, neuter, release and manage) both feral cat colonies and feral dog colonies. They work is more than most imagine...the job never ends. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was made aware of a feral cat colony 4 hours from where I live which needed immediate intervention. I sent out multiple requests, asked for advice, etc...as I needed some one to do the actual "leg work" for me. Although, I did get a few opinions and helpful advice, Central Texas Feline Rescue stepped up to the task. They worked until all cats were trapped, tested for diseases, received medical care, were fixed and re-released back into their territory for management. Currently, I have someone providing daily food and water; however, Central Feline Rescue has agreed once the person is no longer avaialbe, they will take over the daily managment of these beautiful and deserving kitties. Wow....what heart and dedication they have. They do all this work on a shoestring budget and ask for little in return. If you are looking for a great and worthy non-profit to support, this is the one! They could use donations for all the work they do to support the kitties in need. Thank you, Central Texas Feline Rescue....we couldn't have done it without you!!!