For the Cats’ Sake
PO Box 471
Flint Hill, VA 22627
Phone: 540-675-1013
Email: forthecatssake@gmail.com

About Us

For the Cats’ Sake (FtCS) was established in 2014.  We are a volunteer-operated, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to spaying and neutering stray, feral and domestic cats. Our goal is to reduce the incidence of unwanted litters in the Piedmont Region of Virginia. For the Cats’ Sake seeks to stabilize feral cat colonies, reduce the homeless stray cat population and provide cats with healthier and happier lives.

It is a sad, but well-known fact that the state of Virginia has been slow to amend its laws and provide the same protection and funding for the cats of Virginia that dogs receive. After many years of advocating for services dedicated to felines in the Piedmont, in 2013 a not-for-profit founded the first shelter and adoption operation dedicated solely to cats in this region.

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It soon became apparent that in order to help the cats and citizens of this area, efforts to address the risk of thousands of newborn cats each year had to be increased. With the goal of making the greatest impact on the stray and feral cat population in the Piedmont, a small, but impassioned group of volunteers established the Piedmont’s first not-for-profit dedicated solely to Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) and feline spaying assistance.

More and more communities are embracing TNR. In fact, nearby Fauquier, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Madison and Harrisonburg counties have active TNR programs. Alley Cat Allies, a long time expert on the practice of TNR, states that more than 340 cities and counties participate in TNR. While the practice of euthanizing continues today in most cities and counties in America, catching and killing cats has failed at decreasing feral populations for decades. Colonies that are involved in TNR, however, have been shown to diminish in size over time. During an 11-year study of TNR at the University of Florida, the number of cats declined by 66% with no new kittens being born after the first four years of operation. A very successful TNR program in Jacksonville, Florida, has spayed/neutered 20,000 cats since 2008, and as a result, the number of cats killed in the city’s shelter decreased nearly 60%.

Under TNR, cats are humanely trapped, neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped for identification, and returned to their outdoor homes. The real benefits of TNR is that it improves feral cats’ lives and ends the breeding cycle, while eliminating mating behaviors such as yowling, fighting, spraying and roaming.

As with any start-up operation, FtCS quickly learned that TNR was not always a simple, 3-step process. When working with its first large cat colony (35 cats+), several of the cats were noted to be clearly loving and adoptable animals. This is often the case as many of these colonies have become known as drop-off spots to people looking for a place to dispose of unwanted cats. Still others, with minimal veterinary care and foster care R&R, were also considered adoptable. The benefits of vaccination were determined not only significant for the health and safety of the felines but also for the community as a whole, and so our TNR mission evolved to include vaccinating all captured and treated animals.

In order to push forward with this very worthy cause, FtCS depends completely on the kindness of your time and donations. As FtCS is a volunteer-only operation, all donations go directly towards the costs of trapping, spaying/neutering, feeding and veterinary costs for the cats. No funding is used to cover administrative overhead. Specifically, funds are used to pay for:

• TNVR for feral and drop-off colonies, to include rabies vaccination
• Spay/Neuter assistance for cat owners who cannot afford to pay full costs
• Medical costs for injured or sick cats as determined necessary and cost-effective
• Cat owner and colony assistance in the form of food, shelter and transportation

For the Cats Sake is also dedicated to educating the public on the importance of spay and neuter. We have joined forces with the network of cat lovers in the community to make the Piedmont a place where there are no unwanted cats, and all those who live here are treated with compassion, kindness and understanding.