Kitty City, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization recognized by the IRS. While your donations ARE tax deductible, Kitty City Inc. receives no government funding. Every donation PREVENTS cats and kittens from going to shelters, thereby eliminating unnecessary costs, which in turn saves taxpayer dollars. Our programs are committed to making a difference by leveraging proven programs based on extensive research and partnerships.
Kitty City, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes of reducing the unwanted cat population in Shelby County via Feral Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) and owner death/surrender, by providing care and companion placement of those destined to be placed in shelters or homeless without being spayed/neutered. The majority of the cats and kittens in our program are feral cats. We take them in until the kittens are weaned and mothers can be spayed. The kittens are tamed and placed once spayed/neutered and generally by other non-profit agencies. While our primary focus is cats, we have volunteers who also work with dogs and other animals as needed. All animals in our program receive veterinary care. While our corporation is not for the purpose of monetary profit, it is committed to provide fiscal responsibility for its donors and we take a business approach to solving problems in addition to compassion.
Kitty City, Inc. provides immediate help to the stray and homeless cats in Shelby County and surrounding areas. We support a responsible TNR Program with reliable, trained colony caretakers. We will provide foster care, work to tame whenever possible, and place them in loving homes. Central to this undertaking is the support of our foster home and barn network. All work will be done with volunteers. We will have no paid employees. We will take a conservative approach on finances to keep the overhead as low as possible.
This means working with other groups and individuals as well as helping to bring overpopulation to an end, while raising community awareness and involvement. Most importantly, all animals will be tested, spayed/neutered and receive appropriate vaccinations before going to its forever home, whether in a private home, back to its feral colony or barn in those situations where they cannot be returned to previous location due to safety concerns such as being used for dog bait.
Barn homes are not always a ‘barn”. They could be an indoor/outdoor facility, such as a garage, warehouse, greenhouse or pool house and found through a variety of resources. These sources include, but are not limited to, those working with horses, nurseries, farmer’s markets, organic pest control ads and word of mouth. Each location is required to complete an extensive questionnaire and inspection before placement can be made. The new owners are given training and resources for the acclimation period as well as ongoing care. Follow-up is performed on a scheduled basis and can be done at any time during the acclimation period to ensure appropriate care is being given and that the animal is adjusting to its new home.
Some animals require special care due to disease or illness. They must be isolated to prevent future recurrence and placed in locations where they can live out their live in a loving, stress-free environment and cannot transmit their disease to other animals. All animals are tested for FeLV or FIV and proper care is taken when a positive test result occurs.
Education and Policies
Education is a critical success factor and encompasses utilizing public events to build awareness and partnering with the numerous local schools and organizations . Board members have taken classes on animal well-being, and emergency care. The organization has adopted numerous policies to ensure the highest ethics with quality service to the animals and community, for the lowest possible cost.
Numerous cats are Trapped, Neutered and Released (TNR) to a feral community with a qualified colony caregiver who oversees the colony, providing fresh food and water daily.Future plans include flyers, website advertisements and outreach to the Eagle Boy Scouts for goal attainment with training by trapping volunteers.
Thousands of unwanted cats are born each year. Some are left to wander — easy prey for larger animals, easy targets for automobiles and easy marks for cruelty. If they do survive, they soon attain maturity and bring forth five or six kittens, mostly females, to continue this vicious cycle…
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