About feral affairs Network

Feral Affairs Network (FAN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2016, to help address the problem of overpopulation of community, or feral, cats in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Our goal is to trap, neuter (and vaccinate) and return feral cats to their environment while providing support to community caretakers who feed and look after these cats. Ultimately, our work results in a happy, healthy and safe community for cats. The FAN volunteer team works to reduce the overpopulation and suffering of community cats. By doing so, we also provide much-needed relief to overcrowded municipal animal shelters and to tax-payer burden.

During trap, neuter and return (TNR) projects, we often come across kittens or friendly —usually abandoned— adult cats who can be socialized through our foster home care program and made available for adoption. Foster and adoption, in combination with TNR, further reduces the number of community cats on the streets. It prevents stray kittens and cats from entering shelters and gives them a chance to live their lives safely… indoors.

All of our adoptable cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, and tested for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia (FeLV) before becoming ready for adoption. All adoption fees and donations (100%) go to saving cats and kittens from lives of despair.

While still being dependent on us for food, some cats are simply more comfortable keeping their distance from humans. Socialization is not always an option for these felines, so FAN has developed a relocation program called “Career Cats.” We match semi-friendly cats with barn homes and create a mutually beneficial “working” relationship between the cats and their new caretaker. Cats are great for rodent control!

FAN is Vegan

Integrity of thought and action is an important guiding principle in FAN’s mission. We believe that animals are not here to be used as a resource for our needs and that it is wrong to inflict unnecessary suffering on animals.

In compassionate allegiance with all animals, and with our many friends in animal rescue, FAN supports the Food for Thought Campaign and serves no animal-derived products at our functions or events. This principle also extends to our fundraising efforts.

Simply put: We don’t hurt animals to help animals. Though our focus is on helping community cats, compassion for all animals guides our policies and practices. Making the easy choice to serve only vegan food simply serves to extend our impact.

FAN Officers and Board of Directors

Vaida Moore – President, Treasurer, Executive Director
Sheila Hall – Vice President, Director of Adoptions
Cleriece Whitehill – Secretary, Director of Community Outreach
Missy Schmidt – Director of Communication

Our Mission

  • To care for and to reduce the suffering and unnecessary euthanasia of feral (community) cats through trap, neuter, return (TNR).
  • To coordinate low-cost spay/neuter and other veterinary services, and to provide cat food, shelter, and other related supplies for the cats in our care.
  • To foster, socialize and provide veterinary care for kittens and friendly adult cats and to make them available for adoption when ready.
  • To educate communities about the value of TNR both ethically and financially.
  • To provide community cat caretakers with financial and logistical support for TNR efforts.

OUR WORK

FAN is a network of dedicated volunteers who work every day to help community cats live better lives. Our tasks include:

—Trapping feral cats
—Transporting cats to our holding facility or to vet appointments
—Returning them to their colonies
—Arranging for caretakers to feed and care for colonies
—E
valuating and vetting friendly stray cats and litters of kittens and their mamas
—Fostering cats until they’re ready to go to their forever homes
—Supporting our foster parents with supplies and veterinary advice, and
—Working with local adoption centers like the fabulous Catnip Cat Cafe so potential adopters can meet our kitties.

We field hundreds of emails monthly from concerned community members requesting assistance with cats in their neighborhood. There is administrative work, screening of prospective adopters, fundraising, photography and social media content to be created. 

Since incorporating in 2016, FAN has TNR’d hundreds of community cats, providing vaccines, food and shelters. We’ve also fostered and socialized hundreds of kittens and stray adults and found homes for them, relocated feral cats to safe areas with dedicated caretakers, provided veterinary care for the injured and sick ones, continuously supplied cat food and shelters for the community cat caretakers in need, educated people about the benefits of TNR and helped them get involved in those efforts in their own communities.

And we’ve provided excellent rodent control with our “Career Cat” program, placing semi-tame cats in barns and warehouses where they are fed, sheltered and cared for.