From Life in a Bush to His Own Hot Tub!!
July 18, 2016
Fix Our Ferals (FOF) is a community-based, non-profit organization that promotes trap-neuter-return (TNR) to humanely reduce the neighborhood cat population in the San Francisco East Bay. During our first eleven years from our founding in 1998 until 2011, FOF held 101 “mash-style” clinics at borrowed facilities. Then in July 2012, to meet overwhelming demand for low-cost spay-neuter, FOF opened our own clinic facility, the Fix Our Ferals Spay-Neuter Center.
Our mission is to help both people and cats in the San Francisco East Bay by:
-- Advocating TNR as the only humane and effective method of population control, to replace the cruel and failed practice of trap-and-kill;
-- Providing affordable spay-neuter services to community members and rescue organizations;
-- Educating community members, leaders, and decision-makers about TNR, in order to empower neighborhoods to control and monitor their own free-roaming neighborhood cats.
Over our 17-year history, FOF has opened the minds and hearts of East Bay residents to the plight of feral cats, and provided tools for TNR.
Our earlier M.A.S.H.-style clinics, staffed entirely by volunteer veterinarians and lay staff, raised consciousness and united caretakers, rescue workers, and medical professionals in the common goal of humane population control. The hundreds of healthy, non-breeding colonies that have resulted are a testament to the success of both FOF and TNR.
The FOF Spay-Neuter Center is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and staffing, and offers low-cost spay-neuter for all cats: free-roaming, indoor and outdoor, feral and tame. As of May, 2016 the clinic had been opened four very successful years -- we had fixed over 20,000 cats! Our clinic is currently temporarily closed as we re-organize to become the only organization in the San Francisco East Bay that focuses on high-quality high-volume spay-neuter!
Photos: T. Morinville, B. Hill, C. Stern, C. Groner, L. Bryant, L. Fowler, M. Decker, M. Dutrieux, M. Tam, L. Fulton, W. Phillips, I. Cortez