Friends of Felines – Cape Hatteras Island Services
Friends of Felines Cape Hatteras Island offers the following services to help with the humane management of cats on Hatteras Island:
Technical and financial support with trapping, spaying or neutering, vaccinating and microchipping free-roaming cats within the seven villages on Hatteras Island. Contact us for further information.
Lending of humane traps on Hatteras Island.
Traps can only be used for the purposes of trap, neuter, return of free-roaming cats. Contact us for further information.
We do not offer the following services, but will be happy to refer you for assistance.
Relocation of free-roaming cats. We do not relocate free-roaming cats as it detracts from our mission of humanely reducing the local free-roaming cat population. Relocation is extremely stressful for the cats and generally does not work.
To learn more about the process of relocating free-roaming cats contact www.neighborhoodcats.org or alleycat.org
Sheltering. We do not offer sheltering services. The animal shelter for Hatteras Island is located in Manteo.
Dare County Animal Shelter
Spay At Four Months
A fertile cat can have over 24 kittens a year! Even though there is a general awareness about the crucial role that spay/neuter plays in pet population control the fact remains that over 53% of cat litters born in the U.S. occur because people do not realize their kitten can get pregnant at an early age.
New anesthetics and surgical procedures have made spaying prior to six months safe. Younger cats recover faster and have fewer surgical and post-surgical complications than their older counterparts. There is very little body fat to contend with, the incision is smaller, surgery time is reduced and recovery time is very short.
Cats can get pregnant as early as four months. You can help to prevent an ‘Oops’ litter by having your kitten spayed at four months.
For more information about ‘Prevent more, fix at month four” check out wwww.fixatfour.com
Remember – IF YOU ARE FEEDING THEM, FIX THEM! DON’T LET A SITUATION GET OUT OF CONTROL!
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.
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. The TNR method benefits the island cats and the 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.
Since obtaining our non-profit status in 2009, 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.”