A group of determined animal rescue volunteers in Hampton Roads is working to relocate cats that currently live un-owned outside on a local Naval base. Some are feral and some are abandoned socialized pets. We hope you will take a moment to read on and seriously consider donating to this all-volunteer effort.
We will need to purchase goods and services like the following:
· Spay/neuter surgeries
· Rabies vaccines
· Cat food
· Humane traps
· Transfer cages
Like many communities in America, Norfolk struggles with the many un-owned cats living on our streets. While trap-neuter-return (TNR) is generally considered the best method for responding to large numbers of outdoor cats, we are in need of implementing trap-neuter-relocate (rather than return).
In our case, trap-neuter-relocate must be implemented because the cats we are trying to save now live on military properties in Hampton Roads, including the largest naval station in the world: Naval Station Norfolk. Military policy states that no stray animals are allowed to inhabit military property. As a result, TNR is strictly prohibited.
Fortunately, a partnership has formed between Naval Station Norfolk and the Norfolk SPCA to test a program through which cats can be trapped on the base, fostered, sterilized, and given a rabies vaccine. They would then be relocated to a permanent home at farms, stables, nurseries, breweries, vineyards, distilleries, warehouses, etc. who need rodent control and companions for livestock.
And that’s where you come in.By donating, you would be assisting Cat Team 7 with putting a stop to a vicious cycle of overlooking their needs and allowing reproduction to continue.
Currently, the Norfolk SPCA offers free spay/neuter, vaccines and other limited medical basics for Norfolk outdoor cats through a generous PetSmart Charities grant. Once grant funds are exhausted in 2016, we must fund this effort on our own! In addition, there will be supply needs for fosters and transporters working towards getting these cats to their permanent homes.
We will ensure that we are accountable to the donors by being open and honest about where your money is going. Also, any unused monies would be split 50/50 and be donated to the Norfolk SPCA and the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.If you cannot donate and may be interested in helping in other ways, please also contact us for more details: Cat Team 7 571-423-9200 [email protected]