Each cat that we spay/neuter has an important
impact on the overall population of homeless cats in the community.
There are two ways to participate in the FCF trapping program.
You can provide a location in your local area where people can
come to borrow FCF equipment or you can learn to trap yourself
and help us answer calls for help in your neighborhood. Checkout
the information on trapping on this website. We also offer classes.
Time commitment varies from a few hours to many hours depending
on how involved you would like to be.
Our feeding program provides life-sustaining nutrition to homeless
(spayed and neutered) cats that would otherwise go hungry. This
activity involves providing fresh food and water as well as tiding
up the site one or more times per week. These duties are shared
among a group of people in a local area so volunteers fill in
for one and other when schedule conflicts arise. The time commitment
varies from a few minutes a day to a few hours per day depending
on how many sites you are helping with. Experienced feeders will
share “tricks of the trade”. This is a great way to
make new friends in your area.
Our feeders provide food and water. When we get donations of
food, they are shared among our feeders.
After feral cats are trapped, we need safe, monitored location
where they can recover after spay/neuter surgery. Many people
use a garage or shed. They are returned back to their colony after
they are recovered. Males are recovered after neuter for 2 days,
females for 5-7 days. Other medical problems may vary from 2 days
to a several weeks.
FCF will provide the recovery cage, litter box,
food and instruction.
This is an easy way to help individual cats by allowing them to
have time to recover from their surgery before encountering the
challenges of their normal environment.
Our foster parents provide a temporary home and care for a litter
of kittens or a cat until they can be adopted into a permanent
home. Depending on age of the kittens or the cat, the commitment
will vary significantly from a few weeks to months. When you volunteer
to be a foster parent, we will discuss your situation and desires.
For example, if you don’t work outside of the home, you
might be interested in caring for “bottle babies”.
If you have calm older children on summer vacation and who love
animals, you may be willing to take a litter of kittens that needs
to be socialized to become comfortable with people. Or you may
just be interested in caring for social kittens that need basic
care and affection for a short period until they are adopted.
To be a foster parent, you must have a room where the kittens
or cat can be isolated from your pets but be comfortable and receive
attention and love. You must also be willing to learn to watch
for signs of illness and to deliver basic medical care for minor
illnesses, e.g., oral medication. We have lots of experienced
volunteers who will support and help you.
You provide the food, litter and bedding. FCF provides the medical
care and gets your foster animals adopted into loving homes. Transportation
to vet and adoption day can be shared by foster and a representative
from FCF. Foster homes are desperately needed because we cannot
rescue kittens and cats in need if we have no place to care for
This volunteer activity includes setting up/taking down tables
and at the adoption site. You are responsible for answering the
public’s questions and educating them about responsible
cat care. You will also be screening potential adopters and supervise
as they interact with the animals. After an adoption, if the people
are not experienced with cats, you will counsel them about the
supplies they will need to take home for the new member of their
family. This activity usually takes 3-4 hours on a weekend day.
This volunteer activity requires that you have a digital camera that can take nice pictures for our website. You will also need some patience since taking pictures of cats and kittens can be trying. We need people who are willing to go to nearby fosters' or members' homes to take pictures of our available cats and kittens. You will need to upload the pictures to your computer and email them to our web developer.
This activity requires the flexibility to arrange to meet people in your local area as required.
We need people who can organize fundraisers and/or
activities. The time you put into this varies on how involved
you want to get. Contact us to discuss your interests and the
events that we are currently working on.
This general activity involves helping out from time to time on
support tasks as they arise. For example, we have 2-4 fundraising
mailings per year and we need help folding, stuffing, labeling
and stamping our mail outs. Occasionally we need to contact members
who do not have email by phone to notify them of information or
request assistance. We can always use help developing content
for our webpage or articles of our Spring Newsletter.
You can put in 1 hour or several depending on how much time you
have and what your interest is.
This activity requires that you have a computer with high-speed access to the internet and you should be comfortable navigating the internet. You do not need web development experience. It would be helpful if you have an application that allows you to resize photos.
This activity requires several hours per week.
We get many phone calls and e-mails and each one needs
to be answered.
We will provide education for doing this and you can put in as
much time as you have.
From time to time we need help getting cats to a
vet for spay/neuter
or other medical treatment or to an adoption day. Also, we need
to get donated food, litter, and equipment to the people who can
Time commitment will vary on how much you are willing to do.
You provide the car and gas.
At this time, we do not have a public relations/communications
program. We would be delighted to have someone with experience
and/or interest volunteer to help us in this area.