feral cat resource: Marin County California
Cat Lover: Tiburon woman, group aid pets in need
Marin Independent-Journal, California - September 2, 2006
Allen, 62, a Tiburon resident, is the founder and shining light of a 10-year-old nonprofit called Marin Cat Connection, dedicated to rescuing homeless, orphaned or abandoned cats.
With the help of 40 volunteers, she also traps feral cats, has them neutered or spayed and returned to a safe neighborhood on the streets. "She goes out with her trap in the middle of the night," says volunteer Kent Jeffrey, a fan.
She also rescues the kittens of feral cats, neuters and spays them as well, and puts them in foster care until they can be adopted.
She figures she arranges 250 adoptions a year and has 125 animals spayed and neutered.
It's not much, considering the huge numbers of stray cats now roaming Marin.
But every one she rescues and neuters means hundreds more that won't reproduce.
Jeffrey points out that the Cat Connection does not compete with the Marin Humane Society, but "complements it." The Humane Society does not have a trap-neuter-and-return program and only covers the cost of spaying and neutering if someone else traps and brings in a feral cat.
Allen says the society has begun lending traps to people to catch feral cats, and issues vouchers to have these animals spayed and neutered.