February 27, 2019
Cat Action Team (CAT) is the new cat in town. Incorporated in 2018, CAT is a newly formed and separate non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for cats in central Virginia through a trap/neuter/return (TNR) program, a foster/adopt program, a pet-retention program and an education program. The formation of CAT is great news for the cats of central Virginia. The eleven-county area served by CAT covers an enormous amount of territory. There is a compelling need to alleviate the suffering of felines in these counties.
Working with area veterinarians and animal shelters/clinics, CAT will assist people who might not otherwise be able to afford getting their cats spayed/neutered or vaccinated. Partnerships with the vets are a key component of CAT’s success. Without CAT’s intercession, many kittens and adult cats will starve, suffer or die from injuries, illness or exposure. Working in an effective and efficient manner, we will liaise with animal-rescue and welfare groups to fill a vital niche.
Founding board members are Betsy Ballenger, President; Dian Howe, Vice President; Joanne Showalter, Foster/Adopt Coordinator; Heather Woolfrey, Treasurer. Between them, they have well over 50 years of hands-on experience in helping cats, including trapping, transporting, fostering, bottle-feeding, nursing or socializing. They have advised hundreds of people on how to help care for, feed, manage, medicate, spay/neuter and otherwise help cats—whether a backyard stray, a pregnant female, a few kittens who have been dropped off, or a full-blown colony that’s gotten out of hand. CAT is here to help.
CAT relies on a large group of volunteers and has no paid employees. Donations are needed to get started and will go to helping TNR cats as kitten season begins. CAT has applied for non-profit status and is waiting to hear from the IRS any day.