There are thousands of homeless cats in the Middle Keys. Colonies of homeless and abandoned (stray) cats form and multiply wherever they can find a food source, however meager, including dumpsters and vermin.
We spay/neuter as many homeless cats as our finances allow on a regular basis, and there is never a time when we have a surplus of money with no cats to spay or neuter. Forgotten Felines volunteers feed over 500 homeless and abandoned cats every day.
We are in desperate need of cash donations and cat food, as well as volunteers
able to help us with our TNR Program (Trap, Neuter, Release) and volunteers to
provide foster homes for adoptable felines until placed into forever homes.
WHY TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN FERAL CATS?
Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane and effective approach for stray and feral cats. Now in practice for decades in the US after being proven in Europe, scientific studies show that Trap-Neuter-Return improves the lives of feral cats, improves their relationships with the people who live near them, and decreases the size of colonies over time.
Trap-Neuter-Return is successfully practiced in hundreds of communities and in every landscape and setting. It is exactly what it sounds like: Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. Kittens and cats who are friendly and socialized to people may be adopted into homes.
Grounded in science, TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives while preventing reproduction. It is a fact that the removal and killing of outdoor cats that animal control has been pursuing for decades is never ending and futile. Since feral cats are not adoptable, they are killed in pounds and shelters. With a successful program like Trap-Neuter-Return to turn to, it’s hard to believe that animal control agencies continue to kill cats, even though that approach has shown zero results.
It is time to put an end to catch and kill. Trap-Neuter-Return provides a life-saving, effective solution for these beautiful, independent cats.
Forgotten Felines of the Florida Keys has announced that the Purr-Fect Thrift Store, located on Overseas Highway in Marathon, will be closing its doors on Thursday, July 30 and will not be reopening. Consequently, effective immediately they will no longer be accepting donations of books and other household items.
"We want to thank the people of the Middle and Lower Keys for their support of the store and of Forgotten Felines," said Karen Liskey, President of the organization. "Without their help, the organization would not be not be able to continue its mission of helping homeless and abandoned cats to lead happy, healthy lives."
Forgotten Felines is an all volunteer organization which provides food and veterinary care to homeless and abandoned cats in the Middle and Lower Keys. They also place adoptable cats in loving homes and strive to educate the public about the importance of proper care and spay/neuter of pets. In the nearly two decades of its existence, Forgotten Felines has spayed/neutered more than 3,000 cats. They also maintain a number of daily feeding stations which service several hundred homeless cats.
Anyone interested in becoming a Forgotten Felines volunteer or who wishes to make a donation should call (305) 743-2520.
Forgotten Felines is an all-volunteer organization, everything you donate will go directly to helping animals in need.