Feral Felines Rescue and Rehabilitation in Lethbridge say there’s no shortage of animals needing help, but there is a shortage of volunteers to help them.
There’s also plenty of ways to get involved.
“We have so many different ways to volunteer; we have our shelter duties, we have our fundraisers, we have our foster homes,” explained volunteer director Jennifer Keel.
The shelter currently houses about 80 cats, relying on volunteers for daily feeding, cleaning and cuddling.
Some cats, Keel explained, might be adopted within their first week at the shelter; others have been at the shelter for as long as two years.
Over half of the cats ended up there as a result of the trap-neuter-return (TNR) program, whereby free-roaming cats are humanly trapped, spayed or neutered.
If they are too feral (or wild) for adoption, they are released back into the community, with a designated volunteer ensuring the animals have an adequate supply of fresh water and food.
Other cats become ‘barn buddies’.
These cats are feral cats deemed unsuitable for adoption as house pets that could not be returned to their previous locations, and, without a shelter to live in, potentially face euthanasia, which Feral Felines does not advocate.
Volunteers offer barns or other structures as a new “homes” for these feral animals.
The centre has seen great success, claiming 728 adoptions since its inception in 2013.
“We don’t give up on any of them,” says Keel.
For more information on how to get involved, or on the group’s upcoming fundraisers, including the Nov. 25 Santa Claws Christmas Market and 2018 Holly Jolly Christmas Draw, visit http://feralfelinesrescue.com/.