Join us for a week of exciting and educational events showcasing the artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers, authors, fashion and beauty changemakers who are lighting up our screens and airwaves to shift our consciousness and conversations for good.
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:
#1 DOOR HANGING
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!
#2 CAT RELEASING
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 488-5426