"Not to hurt our humble brethren (animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough.  We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require it."
    – St. Francis

The Save Our Ferals is a project whose goal is to care for the feral cats who live on the Saint Mary's College campus. We are open to and hope to secure the participation of Saint Mary's faculty, staff, students, and community volunteers. Our intention is to institute a trap/neuter/release program for our local feral cats. The cats would be humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and released back into their territory, where they would be fed and monitored daily by volunteers. We would try to find owners of stray tame cats, and if unclaimed, care for them until homes could be found. No cats would be euthanized, except as advised by a veterinarian.

Read more: About Our Program

Mills College

Joe Kehoe, Felicidad Oberholzer and Alexis Doval met with Linda Zitzner on Dec 10, 2010 to learn about the Free Roaming Cat Coalition program that Mills uses to deal with their feral cats. 

This program has been very successful. We learned about how from a grass roots level individuals who cared for the welfare of the feral cats were organized and educated so a coordinated program could be set up. After convincing the administration that the best way to control the cat population was by a capture/fix/release program the Free Roaming Cat Coalition was officially launched. Most of the cats have been trapped, fixed and returned to the campus.

Feeding station

Eight feeding stations are nearly complete and strategically located to support the cats with the least amount of impact on other campus activity. A team of feeders with back-ups has been organized with strict protocols, so the cats can be fed regularly without interference from other wildlife. As the cat population gets better known, new cats can be easily identified and dealt with.

Overall we were very encouraged and will soon be proposing ideas for our own program and asking for volunteers.