Town Cats is in need of Feral Freedom Drivers! Will you chauffeur a feral cat on a one-way, road trip back home? Because they certainly can’t drive themselves home!
As a member of the Santa Clara County WECARE Coalition, a partnership between local city shelters, Town Cats provides transportation volunteers for the spay, neuter and return Feral Freedom Program operating out of the The San Jose Animal Care Center on Monterey Road. Community cats are driven back to their original location after they have been spayed/neutered at the shelter. They are also microchipped and vaccinated. The volunteer shifts run about 2-3 hours at a time and volunteer hours are flexible afternoons Tuesday to Saturday.
Training and mentoring are provided. Requirements: Reliable car, cell phone, GPS, and team spirit. Must be 18+ and interested in a long term commitment. Volunteer at least 4 hours a month. (evenings mostly)
- Volunteer reports for duty, picks up several cats in their crates with a list of addresses where each cat is to be released.
- Once at the location, the crate is opened in a safe area away from the street to deter the cat from running in the street and into potential danger.
- Return empty crates to the shelter in the designated return location with the required paperwork.
Feral Freedom – Town Cats Drivers
TOWN CATS NEEDS FERAL FREEDOM DRIVERS!Will you chauffeur feral cat on a one-way, road trip back home ?The San Jose animal shelter has a program to spay/neuter healthy community cats but the cats need a ride back to their colony. Are you available to transport them home back to their neighborhood? They cannot hitchhike home! You will be responsible for the "return" part of the successful "Shelter, Neuter & Return" Community Cat Feral Freedom Program in Santa Clara County. Training and mentoring are provided. Requirements: Reliable car, cell phone, GPS, team spirit. If interested, please email Elysa.Sardinha@towncats.org
Posted by Town Cats of Morgan Hill on Friday, February 5, 2016
Why We TNR Stray/Feral Cats & Kittens
“Feral” cats were born on the streets and have not been socialized to people. Most have never had any human contact but some were once semi-tame cats that now have to fend for themselves. These cats do the best they can to survive, facing many hardships but many manage to lead a good existence, especially here in California with our temperate climate. They live in neighborhoods, shopping centers, creeks, commercial properties and near dumpsters-anywhere they can find shelter.
Many compassionate people provide daily food and water for these community cats. However, the greatest threat to our community cats is overpopulation. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) has proven to be the most humane and effective method of managing feral cat populations. With TNR, a feral cat is humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, then returned to the location where they were trapped. It breaks the breeding cycle while allowing the cat to live out its natural life in its original territory.
Removing feral cats from a location is ineffective as it only opens a territorial void for more unaltered cats to move in, starting the breeding cycle all over again! For information on ways you can help feral cats log onto the Cat Resource Center at catcenter.org.
Note: Ferals that have been spayed or neutered usually have one ear “tipped” or “notched” for easy identification.
We would LOVE your help supporting this crucial and life-saving program. If you are 18 or older with a valid drivers license, insurance, a cell phone with GPS, and a few hours a month to give up, please complete the Volunteer Registration Form here. We will be in touch with you ASAP!