About Us

Who is Felines & Friends Foundation?
The Feline & Friends Foundation is made up of a group of devoted, caring, strong willed volunteers who are willing do go out into the Northeast Kingdom and care for the stray cats that have been left or forgotten. We care more about just feeding and providing shelter. We trap strays and feral cats giving then treatment, such as spay and neutering and vaccinations. We even go as far as finding good caring homes for the semi-friendly and friendly cats.

What Do We Do?
We uses the Trap-Neuter-Return strategy for outdoor barn cats and street cats. TNR is an efficient and cost-effective method for preserving and ultimately reducing the stray cat population. It is also helping improve the overall health of the cats. The cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and then returned to their original environment. Dedicated caregivers provide regular food for these cats. FFF follows stays up to date with these caregivers to ensure that any new cats are spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Once the cats are returned, the cycle of unwanted litters is discontinued. The cats also become better neighbors. The product of neutering helps stop the annoying behaviors such as yowling, fighting, and spraying. Preserving and ultimately reducing these populations doesn't just benefit the humans and the cats, it reduces the predation on wild birds.

How Are We Different?
Although we are proud to partner with many animal shelters/welfare organizations, FFF is not a shelter. Shelters focus on adoption and spaying and neutering of “owned or adoptable pets". These shelter organizations provide valuable services to the community. Yet, despite their years of hard work, our local shelters are usually full, with a waiting list for taking in more cats. There is simply not enough room in our local shelters or foster homes for our cats in need. While sheltering is an essential component of animal welfare, it’s expensive and resource-intensive.  
Unlike an animal shelter, we go to the cats. Our team of volunteers work out in the country, in busy towns, and neighborhoods to provide our TNR services.  We see how outdoor cats struggle without our help: many males are injured from fighting, females are struggling to carry litters and nursing litter over and over again, and young kittens sick and dying from preventable illnesses. We also have witnessed the efforts of the caretakers of these cats: farmers have cared for the unspayed/unneutered cats (and their litters) dumped on their doorsteps, caretakers, many of them elderly or on tight budgets, have been buying food and providing shelter. Without the support of FFF, these farmers and caretakers would still be facing these challenges alone or getting to the point of giving up and letting the cats fend for themselves.

What Is a Feral Cat?
The only difference between the friendly cat on your lap and the “feral” cat outside is socialization. A feral cat is a cat that has reverted in some degree to a wild state. They might have been domestic cats that were lost or abandoned and then learned to live in environments with little to no human contact, such as in barns or abandoned buildings. They could also be the litters of these cats. In most cases, feral cats are not completely wild because they still depend on people, such as a family farm or a caretaker who provides food daily. It could be a dumpster outside a restaurant or a garbage can outside a home where they can forage. Relatively few feral cats exist alone with no human influence.

Our Impact:
Since April 2013:
Over 2,600 cats have been spayed, neutered, and vaccinated.
Over 860 adoptable cats and kittens have been placed in homes.
Over 500 colonies properties have been stabilized.
Over 40 people across the NEK are active volunteers.