A big part of our mission is following the “No More Homeless Pets” movement started by Best Friends Animal Society. We vow to assist in spay/neuter and TNR by helping our Phoenix area neighbors to take care of their pets and feral cat communities. We also plan on providing microchip scanning and microchip placement services on a donation basis to assist reuniting families with their lost pets who may get picked up by other rescue groups or end up in a county kill shelter.
Additionally, we are beginning a foster network to place rescue cats in temporary homes until an adoption can take place. Catopia Feline Rescue accepts cats and kittens that need special care that may not be provided in traditional shelter facilities. We work with the public, other animal rescues and shelters, vets, and animal control.
Short term goals:
- Microchip services
- We are raising money to purchase a microchip scanner and supplies for microchipping. Why is microchipping important? Pets that are not microchipped are frequently picked up as strays and taken by animal control to shelters. In our area, the county shelter is a ‘kill’ shelter meaning that cats left in their care for more than a certain number of days are euthanized. Our hope is to be able to encourage more people to microchip their pet so that they can be reunited with their loved ones.
- Establishing a foster network
- We will be operating on a foster network basis. This means that we do not have a physical structure (a "shelter") for care, housing or public visitation. We are in need of people/families who are willing to house a cat(s) on a temporary basis.
- TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release)
- We need to purchase humane animal traps, they can also be found on our Amazon Wish List, to catch feral and stray cats in the neighborhood. Once caught we will have them spayed or neutered, provide rabies shots and vaccinations, and release them back into their community. Any cats that are not feral would be placed in foster homes until adoption is arranged.
Long term goals:
The KILL list
This is the hardest part of animal rescue. However, it is one area that needs the most help. Eventually we want to send representatives from Catopia Feline Rescue into kill shelters in order to take pictures of the cats on the 24 hour list. Then we can post pictures on Facebook and our website to get sponsors. We would then go pull the animals and put them in foster care until they can be adopted.