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Fairchild Foundation

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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster cats and dogs with an animal rescue and Dr. Fry has helped us so much with our rescue vetting needs. She also volunteers her time with The Fairchild Foundation to do TNR. I have volunteered at the clinic, brought feral cats myself as well, and what they are doing there is wonderful. Fairchild is passionate about helping to control the cat population that is so out of hand in this country. What they do is a very much needed service in the area for people in the community that need a place to reach out to for help. I have seen first hand as well when someone comes in that needs to help a cat, but financially cannot even afford the small donation fee......Dr. Fry helps anyway because someone cared enough to bring that cat for TNR even though they have no money...they have a heart and that counts for something. So, to be awarded this $5,000 will help Fairchild immensely in their mission to continue to help the cats in Berks County and beyond.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Fairchild Foundation is a much needed and appreciated trap-neuter-return organization that provides spay/neuter of feral cats in the Berks County area. I have volunteered with Fairchild for the past year helping to prep the cats before surgery. This is such a rewarding task for me. Dr. Fry takes the time to share her expertise with all volunteers, makes them feel welcome and has a genuine devotion to the feral cat community. If it were not for this organization, there would be many more unwanted litters born and more territorial fighting among colonies, as well as unhappy neighbors.
Fairchild also provides education to cat caregivers by instructing them how to use the humane box traps, what needs to be done to successfully trap the cat and how they need to care for it before it is released back to its colony. Many caregivers would not be able to be responsible for spay/neuter if it were not for Fairchild Foundation.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello!! I have been volunteering with Fairchild for several years now. I am one of the veterinarians assisting with surgery, vaccinations, and viral testing of the cats.
I have seen the gratitude on caregivers faces when they pick up the cats at the end of the day. Thanks to them, at least some of the ferals have better care in our county.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fairchild Foundation practices Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), which is a much needed service here in Berks County, PA. Fairchild has helped dozens of families and hundreds of cats since 2002. They are a small group of dedicated volunteers that love cats and are advocates for them. Trap-Neuter-Return improves the lives of feral cats and improves their relationships with the humans who live near them!! TNR is the HUMANE solution to the cat overpopulation problem.