Who We Are

Forgotten Felines is a non-profit organization established in 1997 by concerned Middle Keys citizens to help homeless and abandoned cats.

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What We Do

We spay/neuter as many homeless cats as our finances allow on a regular basis, and there is never a time when we have a surplus of money with no cats to spay or neuter. Forgotten Felines volunteers feed over 500 homeless and abandoned cats every day.

We are in desperate need of cash donations and cat food, as well as volunteers able to help us with our TNR Program (Trap, Neuter, Release) and volunteers to provide foster homes for adoptable felines until placed into forever homes.

WHY TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN FERAL CATS?

Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane and effective approach for stray and feral cats. Now in practice for decades in the US after being proven in Europe, scientific studies show that Trap-Neuter-Return improves the lives of feral cats, improves their relationships with the people who live near them, and decreases the size of colonies over time.

Trap-Neuter-Return is successfully practiced in hundreds of communities and in every landscape and setting. It is exactly what it sounds like: Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. Kittens and cats who are friendly and socialized to people may be adopted into homes.

Grounded in science, TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives while preventing reproduction. It is a fact that the removal and killing of outdoor cats that animal control has been pursuing for decades is never ending and futile. Since feral cats are not adoptable, they are killed in pounds and shelters. With a successful program like Trap-Neuter-Return to turn to, it’s hard to believe that animal control agencies continue to kill cats, even though that approach has shown zero results.

It is time to put an end to catch and kill. Trap-Neuter-Return provides a life-saving, effective solution for these beautiful, independent cats.

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National Feral Cat Day® is October 16, 2014!

The theme for this year’s National Feral Cat Day® is “TNR: From the Alley…to Main Street.”

•Feral cats have lived alongside humans for more than 10,000 years. They are the same species as pet cats. Feral cats, also called community or outdoor cats, live in groups called colonies and can thrive in every landscape. They are just as healthy as pet cats, but they are not socialized to humans and are therefore unadoptable.

•Trap-Neuter-Return—a humane approach to managing and caring for feral cats—is the only effective method of stabilizing feral cat colonies. In the last decade, the number of local governments with official policies endorsing TNR for feral cats has increased tenfold, with hundreds of cities and towns successfully carrying out TNR.

•However, in the majority of cities, feral cats are still caught and brought to animal pounds and shelters where they are killed. The shelter system is the number one cause of death for cats in the United States. About 70% of cats who enter shelters are killed there, including virtually 100% of feral cats.

Events


Cheap Shots Mobile Vet Clinic

The Mobile Vet Clinic will be traveling to the Florida Keys for a few days once per month to perform low cost spay/neuters, dentals and vaccinations. Feline spays/neuters start at $45 and canine spays/
neuters at $75. Dentals at $75.
Visit the Cheap Shots website for times, locations and more information

2014 Update

Forgotten Felines is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit cat rescue group in the Middle and Lower Keys, founded in 1997 with the mission of introducing and implementing a TNR (trap / neuter / release) program, helping abandoned and stray felines in need, and assisting low-income residents with food for cat colonies they were feeding.

Ever since Forgotten Felines founded and introduced, the TNR (Trap / Neuter / Release) Program, the homeless and stray population in the Florida Keys has decreased.

A couple of sad facts are that more cats than dogs enter shelters all year round and the euthanization rate at shelters for dogs is 30%, while it is 70% for cats. Also, abandoned and homeless cats not cared for suffer terribly from parasites and diseases, and often die slow and painful deaths.

We are always in need of volunteers to help at our Purrfect Thrift Sore and colony caretakers or colony sponsors.

If you would like to adopt a kitten or cat, please stop by our Purrfect Thrift Sore at 6303 Overseas Highway, or find us at Petfinder.Com

under "Keys Forgotten Felines" to meet our adoptable felines.

Forgotten Felines cannot thank everyone enough for all their help, support, and donations.

If you would like to take a more active role in our wonderful organization as either a volunteer, donor, sponsor or serve as a board member, please submit an application via this website, or call us at 305-743-2520.

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Forgotten Felines is an all-volunteer organization, everything you donate will go directly to helping animals in need.

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