There’s not much cuter than a mischievous kitten playing with a toy and nothing is better than having a cat curled up on your feet while you read a book. Unfortunately, not all cats are lucky enough to have a home. The ASPCA estimates that over three million cats enter the shelter system each year and according to the Citizens for a No Kill Philadelphia, there are as many as 390,000 cats living outside in Philadelphia; the Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) reports taking in over 13,000 cats in 2016 alone.
The Stray Cat Relief Fund (SCRF) was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2010, with volunteers managing a 100 cat colony in South Philadelphia along the Delaware River. Today, the SCRF network of volunteers provide Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) and Foster/Adoption Services to almost 800 cats annually in Southeastern PA and NJ.
Trap-Neuter-Return is significant for cities moving toward a “no-kill” environment and is the only humane and effective approach for stray and feral cats. Scientific studies show that TNR improves the lives of feral cats, improves their relationships with the people or retail establishments located near them, and decreases the size of colonies over time. Trap-Neuter-Return is now in practice in many cities in the U.S. after being proven in Europe. In 2020, SCRF provided TNR services to 403 cats.
Although feral cats are neutered, given medical attention and then returned to an environment where they’re provided food and shelter, adoptable cats and kittens are moved into foster and adoption placement. The SCRF has a network of volunteers that provide foster homes to cats coming in from the outside and we partner with several adoption sites including Petsmart, Fishtown Animal Hospital, Washington Avenue Animal Hospital and the Mount Laurel Animal Hospital just to name a few. In 2020, SCRF helped 361 cats find their way to rescue, foster or their forever homes.
What Can You Do to Help? Stray Cat Relief Fund relies on you, our community partners, to help us continue to provide these essential services. Without our services, the cat population in South Philadelphia and other areas of the city would increase. As a volunteer run and supported organization – we need your help.
Please consider a contribution via check to SCRF, PO Box 54845, Philadelphia, PA 19148-0845 or on our website at www.straycatrelieffund.org