About Friends of Felines – Cape Hatteras Island

In the spring of 2006, a small but ardent group of dedicated feral and community cat caregivers had a vision to help the feral/community cat population in each of the seven villages on Hatteras Island.  With the mission of serving all of Hatteras Island, Friends of Felines-Cape Hatteras Island was launched.

In 2009, Friends of Felines-Cape Hatteras Island obtained our non-profit, charitable organization 501 (c) (3) status.  Since then, we have been actively seeking grants and donations to keep alive the trap, neuter, vaccinate, microchip and return program (TNR) and assist low-income residents on Hatteras Island with spay/neuter services and medical assistance for the cats they shelter and feed.

It is estimated that there are over 3,000 free-roaming cats on Hatteras Island. With the help of dedicated volunteers, caregivers, and the continued financial support of our ‘friends’ the vision to humanely control the feral/community cat population on Hatteras Island will one day become a reality.

The universal symbol of identifying a cat that has been spayed or neutered and vaccinated is an eartip.  An eartip is  performed on feral and community cats at the time they are spayed/neutered and vaccinated.

This successful program is know as TNR.

How You Can Help

If you wish to make a donation to FRIENDS OF Felines-Cape Hatteras Island, sponsor a feral friend or an entire feral colony make your check payable to Friends of Felines-Cape Hatteras Island and mail to the address listed.

Who we are

Friends of Felines is an all-volunteer non-profit feral cat advocate organization located on Hatteras Island, North Carolina.  We are dedicated to improving the lives of feral and community cats, and humanely reducing their numbers over time utilizing the Trap-Neuter-Return method (TNR).  TNR has proven to be the most effective and only humane method of dealing with cat overpopulation.  It benefits the cats and our Hatteras Island community.


Not only does the program improve the quality of life for feral and free-roaming cats, it results in a significant decrease in the number of cats euthanized in animal shelters.


FOFHI achieved non-profit status in 2009; since that time over 3,000 felines have benefited from the TNR program.  Friends of Felines-Cape Hatteras Island is the only non-profit animal organization serving the island’s 5,000 residents with an actively practicing TNR program.

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”

-Albert Schweitzer

Friends of Felines is an all-volunteer non-profit feral cat advocate organization located on Hatteras Island, North Carolina.

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