Community Cats United, Inc (CCU)

Compassion Warriors

Present Honorees

Individuals

Meet Jeanine Dotson of Michigan!

Jeanine has 20 years plus in rescue. One year alone, she Tnr’d 500 cats. She has fixed thousands of community cats over the years, mostly all out of her own pocket. She is a retired teacher and volunteers 40-50 hours a week with Rescue Bank to insure that the caretakers of 550 community cats can get affordable food. She coordinates CCU's efforts in southeast Michigan.

How did she get involved with rescue and community cats? She couldn't stand to see an animal suffer when she can do something to prevent it. Instead of asking why someone hasn’t done something, she just does it. Very thankless existence.

 

If you want to help Jeanine's efforts, here is a needs list:https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2VI0IVR4L5I1V…

 

Thank you Jeanine! (Thank you also to Shelly Pinter!) Congratulations!

Groups

YUMA ANIMAL PROTECTION AND REPORTING, INC.

 

- an Arizona Non-Profit 501c3 Corporation.
 

The Mission of this Corporation shall be:
To use all donations and income to assist and coordinate with authorities and other agencies, educate the public, and advocate for, locate, protect, rescue, foster and find sanctuary or homes for all lost or stolen animals, domestic, farm, feral, wild, or any other classification. To provide a safe place with appropriate care until the proper authority, owner, or a suitable rescue, sanctuary, or other permanent placement can be made.

This is who we are, and what we do. We are your neighbors, and it's all about working with all our heart and soul to make life happier and safer for all our animals all over Yuma County, and Arizona

Animal Shelters

Franklin County Humane Society (TNR Program), Frankfort, Kentucky

In the summer of 2012, several individuals were supplying cat food to colony feeders in a local mobile home park.  It quickly became obvious that too many cats were being allowed to roam free without the benefit of vaccinations and neutering. 

 

In the process of networking around the broader community, several individuals began meeting together and they became a group that began educating itself.  The leadership from Spay Our Strays (SOS) based in Lexington and HOPE Spay-Neuter Clinic in Versailles met with us to educate us about trap-neuter-return (TNR). 

 

By then, our numbers had grown and garnered the attention of the Franklin County Humane Society (FCHS).  In December of 2012 the FCHS Board approved a proposal to implement a TNR Program.

FCHS TNR averages about 400 cats per year and will accomplish 3,000 TNR S/N’s by the end of 2019.

 

The City of Frankfort Board of Commissioners approved a five-year TNR pilot (2015-2020), which we hope will be made permanent in the coming months.  FCHS is an open-admission shelter for the city and county and accepts 1,800-2,000 cats and dogs annually.  FCHS recently achieved a 91% live-release rate and has seen a reduction of cats coming into the shelter for the past two years.  But there is much more to do.

 

FCHS does not have a veterinarian on staff and we contract for a vet and a veterinary technician for our 11 clinics per year. 

 

FCHS is our organizational home and fiscal agent and that is critical to TNR's success in the community.  TNR strives to raise funds and solicit supplies to limit demand on FCHS’ stretched budget.  Shelter Manager, Kerry Lowary, assists with surgeries and manages TNR’s fiscal affairs, and oversees purchasing medical supplies and contracting with the veterinary professionals. 

 

Otherwise, TNR is a volunteer operation that is virtually self-supporting with about 25 regular volunteers.  Because the FCHS shelter cannot accommodate the volume of cats enrolled in each month's TNR clinic, FCHS TNR had to secure an off-site location for clinics.  Franklin County Fiscal Court now partners with FCHS TNR in providing a building for use.

 

Gae Broadwater, volunteer TNR Committee Chair, schedules cats for TNR and organizes volunteers to assist with checking in cats, working the recovery tables, and returning cats to their home locations.  Volunteers provide lunches and other needed supplies. 

Volunteer Mike Nolan has worked with us every step of the way—being an early supporter when serving on the FCHS Board, to trapping, transporting, working recovery, and “swabbing the decks” after our surgeries.      

 

Twice a year, volunteers assist with two major fundraisers that cover many of our expenses.  In October, Lionel’s Bowls for Feral Friends sells unique, hand-crafted pottery items (feeding bowls, spoon rests) with proceeds directed to TNR, initially designed by volunteer Sharon Parrish.  Other events take place throughout October, with an educational display at the public library designed by volunteer Debbie Bramlage.  Another volunteer, Deb Graner, organizes a Dine-to-Donate event—we like to eat so why not make it count for TNR?   

Because we are in Kentucky we celebrate the spring with our own basketball-themed fundraiser, March Madness for TNR Cats.  Two anonymous donors offer funds to challenge our supporters to match these funds during the month of March. 

 

Individual donations and supplies are always welcome—and needed.  We exchange and share supplies with our shelter as we are one big family.  Also, we try to support colony feeders with food when we have it, which is not often enough. 

 

Many of the persons feeding our community cats have big hearts and limited incomes.  We welcome financial contributions, which can be submitted at https://www.fchsanimals.org/donate1.html (Be sure to note is for TNR). 

Community Cats United, Inc.

(Trap-Neuter-Return Community)

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