We recognize that the cat overpopulation and homelessness problems cannot be solved by adoption alone – there are simply too many cats, and not enough good homes. Therefore, our emphasis centres on spay/neuter and education programs.
If you live in Perth County Ontario and wish to enrol in any of the programs below, please contact Feline Friends Network at email@example.com or 519.301.5735.
Trap | Neuter | Return (TNR) is a program that humanely reduces the feral cat population and benefits both the cats and the community. Entire colonies of stray and feral cats are humanely trapped. Those cats too wild to be adopted are neutered and vaccinated against disease by veterinarians, and then returned to their outdoor homes to live out their lives under the watchful eye of volunteer caregivers. In this way breeding and its accompanying nuisance behaviours such as spraying, yowling and fighting stop, and the population of each colony reduces over time.
If you are caring for feral or barn cats that need to be spayed / neutered, or are interested in volunteering to help Feline Friends with our TNR program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519.301.5735.
To apply for help with TNR, please click here for our fillable application form. (Note that for Firefox users, the form may not be fillable or printable. If possible, please use Internet Explorer or Safari.)
IMPORTANT : To ensure Feline Friends is able to help you, please call us at 519.301.5735 before sending in the application form, or booking a veterinary appointment.
Video : Mum Cat and Her Colony : A TNR Case Study
For many people having trouble making ends meet, having their pet neutered is not financially possible. We partner with area veterinary clinics to provide low-cost spay / neuter surgery for clients on social assistance.
If you live in Perth County, want to get your cat(s) 'fixed', and feel that you may qualify for this program, please follow these steps :
1 | You will need to get a referral from your contact at the House of Blessing, Salvation Army, or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Ontario Works recipients may qualify, but should request a referral from the House of Blessing. You may also qualify if you are a Senior on a guaranteed income supplement.
2 | Contact us at email@example.com or call 519.301.5735 to get a voucher. You will need the referral from your social service agency to receive the voucher, which entitles you to a "free" spay or neuter at a participating veterinary clinic. Many vets will require your cat to have proof of up-to-date vaccinations, the cost of which is your responsibility. Vouchers can be obtained directly from the House of Blessing in Stratford and the Salvation Army in Listowel.
3 | Once you have your voucher, you will need to choose one of the participating veterinary clinics and make an appointment for the spay / neuter surgery. The following are our participating clinics :
Avon Pet Hospital, Stratford | 519.271.7712
Perth Veterinary Services, Stratford | 519.271.5171
East Village Animal Hospital, London | 519.455.3824
Heartland Veterinary Care, Listowel | 519.291.2060
Milverton / Wellesley Veterinary Clinics | Wellesly 519.656.2200 | Milverton 519.595.4911
Please note that we will NOT fund the cost of spay / neuter surgeries where the cat is being declawed.
Dependent on funding and space, FFN may provide subsidized spay surgeries for mom-cats when their kittens are surrendered to a rescue organization for adoption.
FFN has added a “Cinderella” Fund to help pay veterinary bills of rescue cats in need. (This fund is named after our first wonderful benefactor, Evelyn Saley.) If you want to help us to help rescue cats, please specify 'Evelyn's Fund' when you make your donation.
Unresolved behaviour issues may cause cat owners to surrender their cats to an animal shelter. FFN members have many years experience with cats and want to help cat owners correct such issues before they become a problem. The FFN Behaviour Hotline is free. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519.301.5735.
Feline Friends want to spread the word about spaying / neutering and other aspects of feline health and well-being. We educate and share information about our programs by organizing special annual events such as Catapawlooza and through community awareness activities. Would you like a volunteer to make a presentation to your group or classroom, or to host a display at your event? We'd love to! Do you have an idea for an event? We'd love to hear it! Please contact us at 519.301.5735 or e-mail us at email@example.com if you are interested.