Shadow Cat Advocates (SCA) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are seeking volunteers for a number of opportunities which include the following: -Foster parents with extra space in their home and willingness to care for rescued cats and kittens. -Help cleaning the Cat Sanctuary where 120 cats and kittens reside on a permanent basis or reside while waiting for adoption. Flexible cleaning times and dates. -Help feeding feral cat colonies located in the Stafford area. Food is provided by SCA. -Help caring for cats and kittens located at the Petco in Stafford who are waiting to be adopted. This involves cleaning the cat condos, cleaning and refilling water and food bowls and petting the cats and kittens. -Help with construction activities as part of renovations to the outbuildings at the Cat Sanctuary. -Help with researching and writing grants to secure additional funding. -Help with transportation for rescued animals to receive veterinarian care. -Help with fundraisers, adoption events, and special projects.
Some work can be accomplished remotely and work in the Cat Sanctuary or at Petco can be accomplished while wearing a mask and with social distancing due to COVID. Additional information and an application can be completed on the SCA website at: www.shadoowcatadvocates.org.
Our mission is first and foremost to spay and neuter, aid, assist, protect and defend feral cats throughout the greater Fredericksburg, Virginia area.
We concentrate on the following:
- Promote and implement Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) - Gain and maintain the support of local governments and the communities they serve for TNR as the only proven method of regional feral cat population management. - Raise public awareness of and involvement with, the issues surrounding feral cat colonies through community education. - Form a cooperative partnership with local Animal Control agencies and shelters in order to facilitate the referral of feral cat complaints, questions, concerns and problems from Animal Control to a coordinated group of volunteer individuals and organizations with the motivation, resources and manpower to address them effectively, efficiently and humanely, primarily through the use of TNR, and when necessary, relocation of entire colonies or parts of colonies. - Perform other services as required to mitigate nuisance behaviors reported to Animal Control to the extent that we are willing, able, qualified and equipped to do so. - Recruit and educate volunteers to carry out the day-to-day operations in support of this mission, including, but not limited to: acting as caregivers for colonies in which TNR has been implemented; maintaining records of feral colony locations, sizes, status and caregivers; answering, addressing and/or redirecting referred complaints, questions, concerns and problems involving feral cat colonies; trapping and transporting cats from colony sites to spay/neuter clinics and back. - Raise funds through grants, donations or other means to cover expenses incurred in carrying out this mission, to the extent that it is not subsidized by public funding provided by local government(s) or government agencies.
During the course of this work, there are times when, despite our best efforts, new kittens arrive. These kittens are removed and taken to the vet for checkups. They are tested for Feline Leukemina/FIV and parasites. They are given medical treatment as needed, and placed in a foster home. The kittens are then socialized and taken care of. The result is a disease/parasite free kitten who is well adjusted and ready to go to a new, permanent home.
Advocacy & Human Rights
We'll work with your schedule.
9901 Hidden Creek LaneSpotsylvania, VA22551
January 18, 2021
Animal Care / Handling
Must be at least 14
Volunteer hours are very flexible with the exception of the feral cat colony feedings and Petco feedings, which are at scheduled times. 2-10 hours per week.
Volunteers should be comfortable being around cats and kittens and passionate about caring for the animals, some of whom have experienced trauma and/or abuse.