Feral Fe­lines in need of vol­un­teers

Leth­bridge shel­ter says many dif­fer­ent ways to get in­volved to help some 80 shel­ter cats

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY MARK SQUIBB Mark.squibb@thep­acket.ca

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 trap­neuter-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/

PHO­TOS BY MARK SQUIBB — THE PACKET

Jen­nifer Keel is the vol­un­teer direc­tor with Feral Fe­lines Res­cue and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in Leth­bridge.

One of about 80 cats cur­rently re­sid­ing at Feral Fe­lines Res­cue and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in Leth­bridge.

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