Town Cats is in need of Feral Freedom Drivers!
Will you chauffeur a feral cat on a one-way, road trip back home ?
The San Jose animal shelter has a program to spay/neuter healthy communitycats 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. Must be 18+ and interested in a long term commitment. Volunteer at least 4 hours a month. (evenings mostly)
Stray/Feral Cats & Kittens About Ferals
"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 street cats. However, the greatest threat to feral 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 very ineffective as it only opens a territorial void and then more unaltered cats 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.
*Ferals that have been spayed or neutered usually have one ear "tipped" or "notched" for easy identification.
We would LOVE your help to support this outreach. 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 at http://www.towncats.org/volunteer-sign-up-form/. We will be in touch with you ASAP!
- Environmental Education
- Animal Therapy
- Animal Care / Handling
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- AT LEAST 4 hours a month
- Responsible, dependable, compassionate, not afraid of feral cats.