Habitat for Cats, a nonprofit, no-kill volunteer organization
caring for homeless cats
Habitat for Cats originated from a small group of people in local
communities in Southeastern Massachusetts, who were individually
and voluntarily involved in various efforts to care for feral and
abandoned cats. Chance encounters at local veterinary clinics initiated
colaborative efforts by these individuals. The group organized and
applied for recognition as a 501(3)c non-profit, all volunteer corporation
and was approved in April 1997. Through the years, Habitat for Cats
has steadily increased its programs, services and volunteers.
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Board Of Directors
Aura Correia, President
Carla McDermott, Treasurer
Phyllis Sweeney, Secretary
Ginny Mc Mahon
Trap Neuter Return Program
Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) program is aimed at sterilization of feral
or stray cats. A managed colony is considered to be a group of 2
or more cats under the care of a responsible feeder. A colony doesn't
necessarily exist only in woods or farmland. Feral and stray cats
frequently exist at restaurants, abandoned houses, people's backyards
in the suburbs and cities - anywhere they can find food.
HFC works with local low cost spay/neuter clinics and veterinary
hospitals to provide spay/neuter, rabies vaccinations and other
medical treatment to hundreds of feral and homeless cats and kittens.HFC
provides resources, education and advice to the public in regards
to homeless cat care , spay/neuter and feral cat colony management/care.
needed, feral and stray cats are trapped, receive vet care, are
spayed/neutered and recover under the guidance of HFC volunteers.
Adult cats are returned to their homes or colonies after recovery
from surgery. Some cats and kittens that are domesticated may be
placed in the Habitat foster care/Adoption program as openings allow;
Domesticated cats/kittens may also be transferred
to a regional Adoption Shelter to be adopted through their facility.
loans equipment for trapping and for the post-surgical care of feral
cats and provides training on managing a feral colony. HFC
is one of a few
in the area that has the expertise and knowledge to educate and
assist the public on matters related to feral cats
and colonies. Habitat for Cats does not promote relocating feral
on Info and
for more information on Trap-Neuter-Return.
Foster Care and Adoption Program
traditional cat shelters which eventually euthanize cats that aren't
adopted, HFC tries to place adoptable cats and kittens in volunteer
foster homes until permanent adoption homes are found. This method
allows the cat to integrate in a family and home environment in
order to develop physically, socially and emotionally. Many of the
cats and kitten we rescue require a little "TLC" before
being placed for adoption. Caring for a foster cat or kitten is
a rewarding experience and
wonderful way to donate your time to a cat that has nowhere else
to turn. Please consider volunteering
to be a "foster parent".
HFC created and maintains a small cat Sanctuary
for some of the feral cats who could not be returned to their colonies
because of life threatening circumstances or for the stray cats
who were in foster care but were found to be "unadoptable"
because of behavior problems. At the sanctuary, the cats receive
daily care from a dedicated volunteer staff and will live their
lives in safety within the confines of the HFC sanctuary. Under
the nuturing care of volunteers, some of these cats have become
tame and friendly and have been adopted into good homes. Your donation
provides the funds for food and supplies required for these "foster"
cats.Please note that as of 2012, our Sanctuary has reached its
capacity and we cannot take in any more resident cats.
Accomplishments, Awards and Grants
Habitat for Cats Receives $10,000 Grant from PetSmart Charities
to Spay and Neuter 200 Stray Cats - 2006
Habitat for Cats received a $10,000 grant to help low-income feral
cat feeders spay and neuter their cats. The program offers free
spay/neuter services for qualifying, low-income people feeding stray
or feral cats in the Greater New Bedford area.
Habitat for Cats hopes that this newly funded spay/neuter incentive
program will help solve the cat over-population problem in the area
and become a model for other groups across the country.
Habitat for Cats s spay/neuter program is a great example
of taking the initiative to improve the local community,
said Patty Finch, Director of Charitable Giving for PetSmart Charities.
Targeted programs like these are the key to successful, low-cost
spay/neuter in local communities. Cumulatively, they are making
a huge impact on pet overpopulation nationwide.
Since its inception in 1994, PetSmart Charities (PCI) has helped
save the lives of more than 2.5 million homeless pets, and has given
more than $51 million to animal welfare programs across the United
States and Canada.
333 Cats & Kittens Adopted - 2005
In 2005, over 300 cats/kittens were adopted from Habitat
for Cats. The vast majority of these pets were rescued cats and
kittens that were either abandoned cats or feral kittens. Each year,
new ways of promoting adoptions are needed. In 2005, mobile adoption
days proved very successful.
PetsMart Charities awards grant to fund spay/neuter - 2004
Habitat for Cats, Inc. received a grant from PetsMart Charities
to fund project POP, a Pet Outreach Program, to help low-income
cat owners spay/neuter their cats for a very low price. Due to the
high cost of veterinarian services, many low-income families and
elderly cannot afford to spay and neuter their animals. POP
will reach out to low-income cat owners through a community brochure
and via local media coverage. Cat owners will have to meet income
eligibility criteria in order to qualify. The goal of this
program is to reduce the number of homeless cats in the local community
of New Bedford, MA.
AHIMSA Grant Awarded to Habitat For Cats - 2003
AHIMSA, awarded Habitat for Cats a generous grant to continue our
trap/neuter/return program by funding several spay days.
2001/2000 - Habitat for Cats receives Maritime International Community
Service Award - 2 years in a row
Maritime International, a cold-storage company located in New Bedford,
Ma. gave back to their community by presenting local non-profit
groups and activists with a generous gift. Habitat for Cats was
one of the recipients to be acknowleged for outstanding dedication
and work in the community and received this honor in years 2000
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Awards Grant - 1999
day in mid September 1999, HFC's Sanctuary
received a visit from IFAW in response to a grant application submitted
earlier in the year. We asked for funding to conduct 12 spay days
to spay/neuter approximately thirty feral cats per spay day.
is an international organization committed to protecting animals
throughout the world. Their concerns range from the gray whale in
the Pacific Ocean to the homeless cats and dogs right here in the
IFAW team was comprised of five representatives and headed by Kristina
Hemenway, Pet Rescue Program Coordinator. They were impressed by
our spay/neuter and adoption record and were particularly interested
in viewing our Sanctuary. The team expressed surprise and delight
at the concept of an outside but fenced-in shelter for feral and
unadoptable cats which is relatively new sheltering concept.
The grant was awarded to HFC in 2000 and it allowed us to help over
We are grateful to IFAW for their generosity towards small, grass
root organizations like ours.