Help Norfolk Naval Kitties get to their furever homes!

For: Cat Team 7 - A Joint NSPCA/Norfolk Naval Station Initiative
Norfolk, VA
Organizer: Caitlyn McIntosh
Help Norfolk Naval Kitties get to their furever homes! (Cat Team 7 - A Joint NSPCA/Norfolk Naval Station Initiative)
of $5,000 goal
69% Complete
Raised by 51 donors

The Story

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
[email protected]

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 24, 2016

Posted on October 24, 2016

Hello amazing donors! We now have an official page on Facebook! If you are on there, please head over and show us some love:

As winter looms, I just want to take a moment to thank you all again. Without you, nearly 60 lives would not have safe and secure homes without the fear of not knowing if they have food or shelter. Thank you from the bottom of every safe kitty's heart!

Posted on July 12, 2016

Posted on July 12, 2016

Thank you to all of our donors who helped us make it to $1,500!! Each and every one of you is appreciated more than you know. Since we were successful in making our goal, but are seeing additional funding needs arise, we are increasing our goal by another $1,000. We are noticing that the relocation is leaving the cats quite shell shocked (more so than your standard feral kitty), and we are trying to figure out ways to potentially reduce this through creative placement. Looking into alternative means of placing the remaining cats will take even more funding, but we are thrilled to be able to begin here. Please share, tweet, email away! Know of grant funds we could apply for? Please feel free to email [email protected]

Thank you all again for making this possible!! We work until they all have a home!

Posted on June 5, 2016

Posted on June 5, 2016

We are so grateful to all of our donors. Without you, this project would not have the potential to obtain homes for all of the cats who need them, nor a long term solution to keeping more cat off the rocks of Naval Station Norfolk. Our gratitude will never be done true justice with this thank you. We hope that the results we achieve will do that. We've had to spend very little of the funds given thus far, having received generous in kind donations as well. Even still, fifteen kittens and six adult cats have been rescued off of the base, and most within a single week of each other.

We've been blessed to receive press from the Navy's Flagship News Paper, Downtowner of Hampton Roads, Emporia News of Middleburg, VA, 13 News Now ( and the Virginian Pilot (

Thank you so much again for your well wishes and support,

Caitlyn McIntosh

Cat Team 7

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