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STRAY FERAL CAT RESCUE ASSOCIATES OF MINNESOTA

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To save stray/homeless/abandoned/abused cats and kittens from living a miserable life outside. To educate the public on proper pet care and what to do if they see a cat in need of help. To work closely with lawmakers on changing laws that protect animals from abuse. To provide all veterinary care to cats/kittens we take into our organization, prepare them for adoption through foster care providers and carefully screen all potential adopters prior to approval.

Results: We are proud to say we have saved over 4200 needy cats who now live a life they never knew. Through a great deal of hard work, dedicated, unpaid volunteers who are committed to saving lives and our supporters have given these cats lifelong homes where they are loved and cherished. We have worked hard in the area of "TNR" (trap, neuter, release) to stop litters of unwanted kittens from coming into an unkind world. These cats society turns a blind eye to when in fact Cities across the Country need to do more in this area instead of cutting life changing programs. We have accomplished so much since forming in 2004! Sadly, our work is far from over. We will continue this labor of love, one cat at a time until demand for our services are no longer needed. Together, we can make that happen and will!

Target demographics: stray, abused, abandoned and feral cats/kittens

Geographic areas served: Twin cities metro area of MN

Programs: Low cost spay/neuter, Community Service for those who are directed by the Courts.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The love of my Life ran away a while back, my friend gave me Laura Johnson's phone number. I gave her a call, Katie went out the door didn't notice she was gone for about 20 minutes, looked all over the house nothing. Got in my car drove around calling her name nothing, it was cold and dark, she was almost 17 years old on medication out all night, I was sick. I called Brooklyn Park police this happened on a Saturday evening, the police told me they do not go out and look for animals, I should call animal control on Monday. I called my friend Cathy on Sunday morning, she gave me Laura Johnson's number I called Laura explained my problem with in 30 minutes a police officer called me, I think I found your dog, If it weren't for Laura I probably would have never gotten my baby back. Laura was wonderful in me getting Katie home, Laura was my angel and I thanked her with all my heart.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago, we met Hans & Gustaf (our two tabby cats) through this amazing organization. Recently, we celebrated the birthdays of our boys and wanted to share an update.

Sent to Laura and her team - who we can’t thank enough! Laura and her team rescued these boys as baby kittens and helped them back to healthiness during one of the most critical times of their lives.

Our Update:

We wanted to share our annual update from Hans and Gustaf, with whom we are celebrating a 2nd adopt-a-versary today!

We couldn’t be more thankful to have these incredible young men in our lives. We are enchanted by their kind and loving spirits each day, and we are so grateful for all of the hard work that the S.C.R.A.M. team did to bring them into our lives.

By saving Hans and Gustaf’s lives, you’ve truly transformed ours.

We’ve included a few photos from the past year below, as we are truly the “crazy cat parents” who can’t help but show photos of our handsome young men!

All the best,
Marcus & Paige

1 Kate H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have fostered a few cats through SCRAM, and they have been very supportive throughout. It's great seeing the cats find their forever homes, and for us to be able to discover their stories and share them with those considering adoption!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to share my story with the Non profit organization SCRAM and Great Non Profits Organization in the adoption of our Dear Annie! After losing our third and last Dog from illness we were a couple alone in our home. It took some time in getting through the grieving process. When we felt ready to greet another pet we contacted the SCRAM Organization and were blessed with finding the nicest people in the business. Cynthia Denzio answered our call and we were blessed with our Little Annie! They allowed Annie to spend a few days with us and see how things went to be sure we were happy prior to our check being cashed. Two days later we called to tell her to cash the check! Our little Annie was here to stay! We have recommended this Organization to to many others thinking of adoption. We fully support this Organization and the Staff that makes dreams come true. It has been nearly two years now and Our ANNIE is the joy in our lives every day.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Laura helped find a loving home for Miley as my allergies worsened over time. We are very thankful as she found the perfect fit! Thank you bunches, Laura and the wonderful organization!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This sweet baby was rescued by SCRAM and is now a happy resident of our home. Joni was a kitten when the abandoned home she was living in was demolished by wrecking crew. Although traumatized, Joni was given a second chance at life and happiness thanks to the rescue efforts of SCRAM‘s volunteers. A very happy ending for Joni that may not have been possible if not for SCRAM‘s existence.

2 Brenda F.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

SCRAM is an AMAZING organization run completely by volunteers who give so much of their lives to help the stray, abandoned and feral cats. A friend of mine had a feral cat community in her neighborhood and a kitten was found with head injuries from a pellet gun. I took the kitten in and after 19 days and 6 vet visits, the kitten was having massive seizures and we had to let him go. It was then that we decided we had to do something to help these cats. I reached out to many organizations and SCRAM immediately stepped up to help us. They came out and gave us a lesson on trapping and even took in some of the cats and worked with them to socialize and get them adopted. They were there for us every step of the way and with their help, we were able to prevent potentially hundreds of new kittens being born. I am 100% sure we couldn't have done this without them and I am so thankful!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most ethical charity I have found. Cats truly come first. This charity is fully operated by volunteers. Every dollar raised is used to help rescue and rehome unwanted felines that would otherwise die unwanted and unloved. I won’t donate anywhere else. SCRAM rocks!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two cats from this wonderfuly nonprofit organization. Two young sisters. They joined my household and from the beginning have been highly social, a strong indicator that they were loved and well cared for while they were fostered. They are my nearly constant companions and have greatly enriched my life.
They love to play, both with each other and with us. They greatly enjoy the stairs in my house and they can be heard chasing each other up and down the stairs.
I've quite a few cat trees which they love to curl up in while I work on the computer or watch tv.
When I've been sick the girls guard me until I'm better.
And at night they tend to make sure I go to bed at the appropriate (according to them!) time before they go off to play.
Everyone who visits gets greeted and checked out by the two cats and there are frequent demands to be cuddled. One or both of them is generally near by.
Early socialization is very important and this organization did an amazing job prepping the two sisters to adopt me -- Yes I may have adopted them, but they have also adopted me.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a first time cat owner and I am so glad I adopted my cats through SCRAM. At first I was planning to adopt just one kitten, Slinky, the last remaining kitten from a litter of 5 that was fostered in the home of a loving SCRAM volunteer. SCRAM cares deeply about cats and wants to make sure each cat finds the perfect home. They suggested I adopt 2 cats so that my kitten would have a companion. At first I wasn't sure -- but when I found out that Slinky's mother also needed a fur-ever home, I said yes!

My two young children are thrilled with our new pets. Both cats are healthy and extremely well behaved. It is clear the organization takes time to socialize and handle these animals in homes so they are highly placeable with adopting families like mine. The volunteer showed me how to clip claws and gave me tips on how to keep our new cats fit and happy. I really appreciate that SCRAM takes care to screen, educate and support adoptive families. They did an amazing job. We are in love with our adorable new kitties!

- Jill M.

2 AmyVasterling

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new volunteer to SCRAM (Stray Cat Rescue Association MN). Laura runs a top notch organization! From communication to support it was there. Their caution in placing animals in well matched situation results in "forever homes". What a dream to know the cats coming through this organization are advocated for on ALL LEVELS; health, care and finding wonderful and permanent homes for these great cats.

I was surprised to learn the vast collective knowledge in the core volunteer group from shelter medicine to experts at feral cat colony handling. They have so much knowledge it's been like gaining a second education as they are ready to share and help their newer volunteers become solid core volunteers and they do this with very little extra time on their hands!

It is clear to me SCRAM is on their way up in BIG WAYS and I am excited to watch and support where they are headed. I also am grateful to SCRAM for keeping our communities safe from feral colonies and taking matters into their own hands. This is at best a daunting task and they meet it with such high respect for the animals and people involved. It is hard to stay strong when you see so many cats, some with severe needs. They keep their chin up and keep going and that is something our community has silently counted on for about 14 years.

Thanks to SCRAM for caring for cats in the way they do! I appreciate the work they do and can see the amazing benefits all around!

This photo is of Slinky a kitten from the litter of 5 (and mama) I fostered this summer. (My first foster with SCRAM).

Comments ( 1 )

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Laurajohnson1957 10/04/2018

Amy, you are amazing and we are so grateful to you for your help and support. You are igniting something pretty spectacular for SCRAM and we thank you! We all have a dream that someday all cats who need help will have a resource that won't turn them away. With your help and expertise that dream will come true, it just takes time. Thank you Amy! You are amazing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I do not live in MN, but my sister does, and has had to live-trap numerous feral/abandoned cats outside her home. SCRAM has been of immeasurable assistance in advising and taking on these cats/kittens, neutering, socializing, and trying to find good homes for them. As a result, my sister has promoted awareness of and encouraged donations to this hard-working group.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization whose labor of love and dedication to the stray,homeless and feral cats is genuine. All volunteer, expenses incurred are paid by volunteers except for veterinary expenses. They work with wonderful adoption partners such as Feline Rescue Outreach and together have found wonderful, secure and stable homes for hundreds of street cats and kittens no other rescue group would help. This org. is the real deal of which they need all the support they can get!

Review from Guidestar