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Help cats through a unique Return to Home program in Garden Grove

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Stray Cat Alliance

LB Community Cat

For decades, community cats have been trapped and removed in a failed attempt at population management. In addition, shelters have struggled to keep up with the number of cats coming in. Because shelters aren’t able to handle this level of feline intake, cats now account for roughly two of every three animals dying in U.S. shelters. Thankfully, this ineffective, costly and inhumane approach to managing community cats is steadily being replaced with progressive Return to Home (RTH) programs in shelters across the country. At the heart of all RTH programs is a simple, humane philosophy: Cats are accepted members of many communities, often cared for by multiple residents.

Stray Cat Alliance has partnered with Garden Grove Animal Care Services to implement its Return to Home program to decrease the number of community cats euthanized at the shelter. Free roaming cats are spay/neutered, vaccinated, given basic medical care then returned to their homes in our community.

We need volunteer support to make this program a success! We have two key roles:


Time commitment - 2-6 hours per week can be done by multiple volunteers.

What it is - Hanging our information on doors in a 2-3 blocks area of a release site. Door hanging happens 24 hours before or 24 hours after the release. Volunteers will drive to different release sites and walk around in those areas. Volunteers also look for evidence of feeding stations, bowls and even at times engage residents in conversation to gather more information about cats in the area.

One on one training will be provided!


Time commitment - 2-4 hours a day, can be divided among multiple volunteers.

Cats that have been spayed/neutered and vaccinated are picked up in Huntington Beach and taken back to their home communities in Garden Grove to be released. Cats are transported inside the vehicle, so we recommend laying down protective coverings in your car to prevent any damage. Cats must NOT be transported in trunks or truck beds.

Volunteers must have own car and be able to lift up to 20 lbs.

Volunteers will work closely with Stray Cat Alliance's RTF Director. You will be trained in proper release procedures, den and cat handling, and how to handle an emergency upon release.

CONTACT: Susan Shiells at susan@straycatalliance.org or (310) 488-5426

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About Stray Cat Alliance


PO BOX 661277, Los Angeles, CA 90066, US

Mission Statement

Stray Cat Alliance educates and empowers communities to advocate for every cat’s right to be safe, healthy, and valued.


Every day, our team works to save the helpless lives of kittens and cats by providing: spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return (TNR), adoptions, wellness care, medical care, and community shelter support.

Our goals are to:

  • Eradicate cruelty toward cats through advocacy, rescue, and education.
  • Find loving forever homes for cats and kittens taken in through all of our programs.
  • Help shelters transform themselves from executioners to safe havens for cats by implementing SCA’s life-saving policies and procedures.
  • Educate the community about the plight of freeā€roaming cats and empower people to take action to stop population growth through spay and neuter.
  • Create and sustain a No-Kill Nation by mentoring other communities to become no kill through our grassroots programs.

Stray Cat Alliance envisions a time when all cats are valued and safe whether in homes or communities, and when shelters serve as temporary safe havens.



We'll work with your schedule.


13802 Newhope StreetGarden Grove, CA 92843



  • Veterinary
  • Customer Service
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Community Outreach


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-6 hour shift
  • Would be great for church groups, civic groups, any kind of group!

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