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Stray Cat Alliance

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Stray Cat Alliance educates and empowers the community to advocate for every cat’s right to be safe, healthy and valued. We are building a no kill nation, one stray at a time.

Results: Assisted in the spay/neuter, advocacy and/or free resources for over 175,000 cats in our 15 years history throughout Southern California.

Target demographics: General public wherever cats reside with a focus on individuals and cats in underserved communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of residents annually are assisted with cat related questions/needs and thousands of community and/or "owned" cats and those impounded in municipal shelters.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles County

Programs: I Spayed LA in South Los Angeles; Care for Community Cats (Hotline, etc.); Adoptions greater Southern California; Return to Field at Long Beach Animal Care and Services

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SCA is such an amazing group of wondering people working really hard to help cats and other animals of Los Angeles and beyond. For example, SCA created a kitten nursery to help with all the heart-breaking baby kittens in the shelter. And they are helping the Long Beach shelter with better practices and programs to help shelter cats and TNR programs. And many many more programs all over LA. They are also effective and resourceful in seeking funding so they can save more lives...visit the SCA Thrift Shop in West LA!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

such a fantastic organization with a great cause. every city needs a sca!

great cause aside, the organization of the stray cat alliance is top notch - staff are passionate, communicative, and helpful. i'm a first time volunteer so i had a lot of questions, but sca made the process easy to provide foster cats a good temporary home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Stray Cat Alliance as a donor, volunteer, and a client served. I began working in adoption centers. I also served as a bottle feeder until I developed cat scratch fever and was advised not to work with kittens. Since that time, 3 years ago, I have worked transporting cats, fundraising, educating the public and city council staff, and fostering an adult cat. This organization has worked tirelessly to save kittens and cats from death row, developed and supports TNR and SNR projects, and provides top quality medical care for felines. They work closely with community organizations regarding No Kill Nation efforts. This organization is the BEST!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An incredible organization that proves that humans do not only care about their own kind. Endless amounts of selfless time and effort provided by volunteers to help the abandoned and overlooked. Every city and town could benefit from such a great Nonprofit. Keep up the great work!!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I bought my first house, it came with a feral cat colony. One of the first things a neighbor did was call Animal Control on me. At a loss for what to do, I went online and pleaded for help with this situation. The only answer I got was from SCA. She talked me through it even though I wanted them to just come out and fix it. She explained to me that if I learned how to deal with the situation, I would not need to contact anyone in the future. I would have the tools to know what to do. I have since learned that now I can teach others what to do as well. I have found numerous resources through SCA. I volunteer with them when I can, I also donate when I can and I do TNR for neighbors and friends and sometimes even strangers. I have also become one of their resources: fostering cats in transition and trapping for events. I have had to deal with animal control on three different occasions now and we seem to have a mutual respect for one another. I know the tools I learned from SCA made all the difference here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although trap, neuter/spay, release is the forefront of SCA's work, there is nothing this organization won't do to try to get help to our feline companions - and canine and others too! Attached are a few of the many cats we've 'fostered' and then adopted of our own through them. I encourage anyone who wants to volunteer for an animal organization in the LA area to consider volunteering (or donating) to Stray Cat Alliance!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a good organization. They helps cats more than 10 years. I don't want to judge people who work there. No one is perfect. I appreciate their work. At least many cats find their warm home becuase of them. I think we should support them, but not complain.

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

Great mission, but TERRIBLY disorganized. In fact, the most disorganized group I've ever volunteered for. They even lost my items I allowed them to borrow. Sadly, I won't be volunteering for them again.

1 Trudihemmons H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful group who really help the feral and strays in the community.With some great people, went out in south Los Angeles to educate and help reduce the feral and stray cat population by offering free spay and neuter.Also, with the help of a great foster, got a stray cat my neighbor and I rescued, a fur ever home.Averie is wonderful and committed to making a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization! They really care about the stray cat population in Los Angeles and they are actually trying to do something about it instead of just talking! Through SCA, I have helped to TNR stray neighborhood cats that are cared for by loving people in South LA. I have canvassed South LA with other SCA volunteers spreading the word to neighbors that help is available to them for their companion cats and stray neighborhood cats. This organization has the most dedicated bunch of volunteers I have ever come across! I will continue to support them financially and by volunteering!

Alvarado A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stray Cat Alliance is one of the best organizations I've ever met and volunteered for. They genuinely care and do everything they can to make positive changes to the overwhelming cat population in Los Angeles. They help find homes for many cats but I love they focus on the root issue as well, so we can minimize the amount of cats euthanized. I love that they are a voice for people who genuinely need help and they also provide education for those who truly need it.

Elizabeth206

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great charity!!! They focus on spaying and neutering stray cats, offering free spays/neuters in disadvantaged neighborhoods, and fostering/adopting out cats, kittens, and the occasional dog. Highly recommended!

5 Kittywoman

Volunteer

Rating: 2

While I am sure they do a lot for cats and the people in the communities, I have donated before and am a recent volunteer who was very disappointed with the way they conduct volunteer outings to trap cats and canvass areas. I volunteered for one day, received no prior instructions to showing up at 10:00 am at the location with my trap and various items to help. I took 5 cats to the vets at about 3 pm and got back to the location by 3:30 only to find that EVERYONE and all of my things including a trap (which wasn't used that day), carrier and other items were gone. I had let them know I was available to release the following Sunday and Monday if needed. Finally at 3:30 Monday I was texted and asked to come immediately to the vets to pick up cats to be released. I texted back, advising that I was about 1 1/2 hours away and traffic would be heavy (L A area). I was told to come anyway. I get there at 5 pm and then have to wait almost 2 hours while the SCA rep fills out paperwork! Then they give me 5 cats to be released ALONE in a not so good neighborhood where, by that time of evening, there was no street parking available. By the time I left after dropping off the traps at one house, it was about 8:30. My trap and items were just returned (a month later) -- I could have taken them that day but nobody tells you they will just disappear with your things at any certain time. I sent them suggestions on how to improve their working with volunteers so they will have volunteers who come back again but evidently this fell on deaf ears. I will never again volunteer with this organization although I am very committed to TNR programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Stray Cat Alliance for about 3-4 years. I absolutely love them. I have participated in many capacities: TNR, adoptions, annual fundraisers, fostering, educating the community, etc. They are a very ethical, passionate, committed, hardworking group of people who would do anything possible to help a cat. As a volunteer, I have always had their support and appreciation. I don't know what would happen to the stray cat population in Los Angeles were it not for this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Christi Metropole, founder and executive director of Stray Cat Alliance, when I moved to Los Angeles in 1999. I have watched with great excitement and respect as the organization has grown under her direction, and flourished with the help of remarkable colleagues and an exemplary cadre of caring volunteers.

Having closely followed the outreach of Stray Cat Alliance, I can’t think of another organization locally, with the same goals, that is so hands-on. The positive effects of the nonprofit’s TNR in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods have been game-changers. SCA also helps the most challenged of cats in need.

Cats and their plight are so close to my heart. I can’t do it all—no one can—but SCA is making major inroads where progress is normally measured in increments. Los Angeles is a big place, and it has big problems when we contemplate the numbers of cats that end up in shelters and are euthanized for lack of a home. It’s heartbreaking and so unnecessary. SCA is committed to reducing those numbers, and doesn’t just talk about it. The proof is in the results, and is exemplified by the education SCA provides to those who care about cats but don’t know what to do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that Stray Cat Alliance helps the ferals and stray cats struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles, but more importantly that they help those cats that have medical challenges. They are one of the few cat rescue organizations that always say yes if you need help!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stray Cat Alliance is a wonderful organization run by incredibly dedicated individuals. SCA does an amazing job at educating the public about TNR, providing spay/neuter clinics and finding loving homes for many stray cats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group is amazing. They address the problem at the root by spaying and neutering cats that are in the streets so that they don't reproduce. They are active in legislation in respect to animal welfare. They are awesome.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

THis is an awesome organization, filled with amazing people with hearts of gold. They work their booties off for the love of cats, and to give back to their passion is unlike any experience!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stray Cat alliance also educates legislators by attending various city council meetings to persuade legislators that TNR is a viable solution to cat overpopulation. They save cats that have been injured and abused as well.