The Friends of Feral and Homeless Cats and Kittens Inc. based in Alderson is trying to raise funds to purchase a transport van.
In 2020 the organization transported more than 350 cats and kittens to rescues out of state. According to a post on the organization’s Facebook page, most of these transports went to the New England area. Currently, they are using their personal vehicles to make these transports, which is not ideal. The van would allow for more room for the cats as well as better climate control.
According to the official fundraising post, they need to raise $19,000 within the next few weeks to make this purchase. The first $6,000 to be donated will be matched dollar for dollar. The organization is determined to make this purchase possible.
The official town of Alderson, West Virginia Facebook page shared the fundraiser with the statement “Please help this worthy cause if you can. They have helped us take care of many, many feral cats over the past few years.”
There are two options available for those interested in making a donation.
To donate online, the PayPal link is available on the Friends of Feral and Homeless Cats and Kittens Inc. Facebook page. It is not necessary to have a PayPal account to make a donation, all that is required is a credit or debit card. They do ask that the note section be filled out with the word “van.”
The other option is to mail a check, which can be sent to Friends of Feral – 848 Mt. Zion Rd. Alderson WV 24910. They ask that the memo line be filled in with the word “van.” They have also requested that even if someone cannot donate, they can help by sharing the social media post.
The primary objective of the Friends of Feral is what is known as TNR which stands for Trap-Neuter-Return. During this process, a feral cat is trapped, altered, vaccinated and ear-tipped (the universal sign of a cat that has been neutered).
If a cat has a caretaker, they are “returned to their colony.” If they are old or sickly, they remain with the organization. Any cat that is deemed “adoptable” is sent to a rescue in the New England area for adoption. This is also one of the few organizations in the area that provides assistance for cats that test Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) positive.