Friends of Felines – Cape Hatteras Island

Hook A Fish Not A Feline

Hatteras Island has an abundance of wildlife, and fishing season is year round.  Please take a moment and remember the safety and well being of the wildlife.

There is a high feral and community cat population on the island.  Friends of Felines-Cape Hatteras Island is working to humanely control the population through the trap, neuter, vaccinate, microchip and return to a safe habitat program (TNR).

Many cats are found with fish hooks in their mouths, dogs with hooks in their paws, and birds on the beach with fish hooks in their beaks.  This unnecessary suffering can be eliminated by taking a few extra minutes to:

  • Remove the bait from fish hooks
  • Remove fish hooks from fish heads prior to discarding them in trash
  • Do not leave baited tackle unattended especially at night!

By adhering to these few guidelines, all wildlife on Hatteras Island will be protected and not subject to suffering.

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 P. O. Box 310, Avon, North Carolina  27915

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 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.

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.


a cat living outdoors at least part of the time.  May be a pet, abandoned or feral cat.


a free-roaming cat who is often social, may be hungry, and hangs around where they were abandoned.


most are not socialized to people, and therefore not adoptable.  They belong in the domestic cat species and are protected under state anti-cruelty laws.


is usually found alone and appears near houses.  It will not have an ear ‘tipped’ even if it has been neutered.  A stray cat’s kittens may become feral if not socialized early.

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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