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Forgotten Felines of Forsyth

Committed to Humanely Reducing the Feral Cat Population of Forsyth County

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What can I do to assist FFF?

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Forgotten Felines of Forsyth always welcomes able-bodied volunteers. If you are interested in donating your time and efforts to help feral and stray cats in the Winston-Salem, NC area, please read the following opportunity descriptions and contact us

Feral Cat Trappers/Transporters

Description

Forgotten Felines of Forsyth seeks to reduce the number of homeless and unwanted cats in our community by practicing trap, neuter and return (TNR). Volunteers are needed to help with trapping, providing transportation to and from the vet, sheltering/recovering cats after surgery, and assisting with paperwork and photographing cats. Currently we trap primarily on Wednesday night, transport to the vet on Thursday (7:30 - 8:00 a.m.), pick-up from vet Thursday at 5:00 p.m., recover cats on Thursday night and release them back to their colony on Friday, if we are using local vets. This schedule may vary somewhat depending on the vet used. When we are using a TNR clinic, we trap and shelter on Saturday, transport to the clinic on Sunday morning (typical loading time is 6:30 am), pick up from the clinic between 1 and 5 pm (depending on the clinic), recover the cats Sunday night and Monday, and return the cats to their colony on Monday evening. Clinics are usually once a month. You may volunteer for any or all of these activities.

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Trapping skills and knowledge of feral cat behavior is helpful, but we can train. A van or SUV is helpful for transportation. A basement or garage may be helpful as a holding area. Trappers must be willing to be out late at night on trapping night. Email is our primary means of communicating trapping plans on a weekly basis so it is helpful if you have email. A cell phone is needed for staying in touch on trap night if you are trapping solo.

 

Feral Cat Colony Caretaker

Description

Colony caretaking is a little different from simply feeding feral/stray cats. Colony caretakers provide food, water and shelter for colony DAILY, monitor the colonies to assure all cats are spayed or neutered and make arrangements for trapping at colony as need arises, also monitor colony individuals for health and/or injuries, maintain records on colony members, and advocate for the colony as necessary. Primary colony caretakers must be willing to commit to their colony long term. Substitute caretakers are also needed if you can't commit to being a primary caretaker.

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Trapping skills and knowledge of feral cat behavior helpful, but we can train. Although we sometimes receive contributions of food, the caretaker must commit to providing food for the colony members on a daily basis. This usually means you have to buy food for your colony yourself. The cats have to be fed daily, so be prepared to go out regardless of the weather. Since feral cats are not always welcome members of a community, it is generally best to feed and monitor at times when you are not obvious to the public and in a location that is not easily seen. This often means going out very early or under the cover of darkness to somewhat secluded areas. This is not a job for the timid or fearful as sometimes you will be spotted and confronted by people who do not understand what you are doing. At these times you will need to be prepared to discuss TNR in a calm, informative manner.

It is helpful if you have access to a computer in order to update colony information in our online database. A digital camera is also helpful for taking photos of colony members for our records.

Spay/Neuter Clinic Workers

Description

Forgotten Felines of Forsyth holds a monthly spay/neuter clinic. The veterinarians do all the surgery and administer the vaccines. We need volunteers for all other positions including: cleaning of the facility prior to and after a clinic, weighing the cats, determining gender, administration of anesthesia, prepping the cats for surgery, drawing up vaccinations, ear cleaning and notching, monitoring of anesthetized cats, transporting cats prepped for surgery to the operating room, post operative recovery of cats, completing paperwork on veterinary procedures performed on each cat, laundering towels and surgical drapes, cleaning and packaging surgical instrument for sterilization. Clinics are held on Sunday morning, once a month, typically lasting from about 7:30 am to 2:00 pm. 

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Vet tech experience is helpful but not required. We will train you to do whatever job in the clinic you are interested in. None of our current volunteers had experience in spay neuter clinics before we started, so if you have an interest, don’t be afraid to volunteer. You do not have to be present in the OR and there are plenty of jobs for all interest levels.

 

 

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* Vaccination against rabies is a good precaution before beginning work with feral cats. This is available from the health department, but is expensive. We do not require volunteers to obtain the rabies vaccination, but do require that anyone who works with the cats sign a waiver releasing FFF from liability if the volunteer should be bitten or scratched.

 

 

Together we can make a difference!
                                                                                            All donations to FFF are tax-deductible

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Contact Information
Forgotten Felines of Forsyth
PO Box 11363
Winston-Salem, NC 27116

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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