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Who is Felines & Friends Foundation?
Felines & Friends Foundation works to reduce the staggering number of unwanted cats in the Northeast Kingdom (NEK). We stabilize barn-cat colonies and reduce the number of free-roaming cats in our region through TrapNeuter-Return (TNR). Felines & Friends Foundation (FFF) works with local farmers, homeowners, and caretakers to help outdoor cats by providing spay-neuter services, vaccinations, and placement of adoptable cats and kittens through shelter partners. Our programs focus on activities that have the greatest life-saving impact. Thanks to our growing legion of volunteers, we are moving ever closer to fulfilling our vision of a region in which every cat is wanted and cared for and every person caring for them has essential resources and support.

What Do We Do?
FFF uses targeted TNR of outdoor cats, including barn cats and street cats. TNR is an efficient and cost-effective method for stabilizing and ultimately reducing outdoor cat populations and for improving 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 and FFF follows up to ensure any new cats are also neutered and vaccinated. Once the cats are returned, they stop having unwanted litters. And they also become better neighbors. Neutering helps stop the annoying behaviors of yowling, fighting, and spraying. 
But it’s not just people and cats that benefit: stabilizing and ultimately reducing these populations also reduces 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 pets”. They provide valuable services to the community. Yet, despite their years of hard work, our local shelters have almost always been full, with a waiting list for taking in more cats. There is simply not enough room in our local shelters or adoptive homes for our cats in need. And, 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 works out in the country and in towns and neighborhoods to provide our TNR services.  We see how outdoor cats struggle without our help:  males injured from fighting, females carrying and nursing litter after litter, young kittens sick and dying from preventable illnesses. We also have witnessed the efforts of the caretakers of these cats. For too many years, farmers have cared for the unspayed/unneutered cats (and their litters) dumped on their doorsteps. Other 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.

What Is a Feral Cat?
And 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 human contact, such as in barns or abandoned buildings. Or, they could be the litters of these cats. In most cases, feral cats are       not completely wild because they still depend on people. It could be a farm family or a caretaker who provides daily food. Or it could be a dumpster outside a restaurant or a garbage can outside a home where they can forage. Relatively few feral cats subsist only 

OUR IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS:
Since April 2013:
  • Over 1,900 cats have been spayed, neutered, and vaccinated.
  • Over 600 adoptable cats and kittens have been placed in homes.
  • Over 300 colonies properties have been stabilized.
  • Over 40 people across the NEK are active volunteers.