Support needed for all-volunteer Feline Hope
Published 8:37 am Friday, October 2, 2020
Since 1995, the all-volunteer staff at Feline Hope has provided loving care for homeless cats around the Outer Banks.
Although versions of the non-profit have been operating for 23 years, Feline Hope cat rescue has been at its current facility “The Sanctuary” in Kitty Hawk since 1999.
In addition to the rescue, Feline Hope helps organize and support local TNR: Trap-Neuter-Return, Low Cost Spay & Neuter Assistance, Emergency Medical Assistance programs.
TNR involves trapping feral cats, neutering and vaccinating them, then returning them to where they were found. The goal is to stop the overpopulation of animals in the area.
Many of the rescue’s kittens are acquired during TNR while they are young enough to tame easily. Volunteers of Feline Hope keep those kittens in their homes until they are united with their forever families.
Most of the rescue’s adoptions are arranged through their Facebook page, but some of the cats have also been featured in adopt-a-thons at businesses like PetSmart and Holistic Pet Shop. Since the COVID situation arose back in March, those adopt-a-thons have been stopped, making it harder to get homes for these wonderful kitties.
Dee Ann Baum, executive director, expressed the major impact of the COVID pandemic effect on their organization: “Since we are solely funded through our fundraising, grants and donations, more than ever we are in need of community support.”
At this time, Feline Hope needs more support for donations so they can continue their mission and take care of those wonderful kitties that are at the Sanctuary and are too old or not adoptable. Additionally, they wish to continue their Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinics/TNR Programs to maintain and control the feline population.
To adopt a cat or donate to Feline Hope, visit their Facebook page or website where there is a direct donation link: https://www.facebook.com/Feline-Hope-116460616523/?epa=SEARCH_BOX and http://felinehope.org.