APPALACHIAN FERAL CAT ALLIES, INC.
Welcome to the web site of Appalachian Feral Cat Allies (AFCA). We are an independent, non-profit, all volunteer corporation in Northeast Tennessee dedicated to stopping the over-population and eliminating the suffering of feral, stray, abandoned, free roaming cats through the humane method of trap-neuter/spay-return (TNR). The approach of trap-neuter/spay-return (TNR) maintains the cats in their established colonies after they are fixed and provided with their vaccinations. TNR is considered the most humane and effective approach to controlling cat over population Feral cats exist in every community. These cats are the same species as our house cats, but are not socialized to people and usually cannot be adopted into homes. Instead they live in family groups or colonies. Colonies can vary in size from two cats to 200 or more. When left unmanaged, the cats constantly produce more and more kittens, worsening the conditions of the cats themselves and creating difficult situations for the human residents of the area in which the colony has settled.
What AFCA Does
- Provide information about TNR
- Educate neighborhoods and agencies about the benefits of TNR
- Assist with trapping, appointments and transportation
- Loan traps and cages
- Coordinate feral cat TNR efforts with law enforcement agencies, animal control and animal shelter
What AFCA Does Not Do
- Loans traps for purpose of trapping cats to have them taken to shelter or to have them killed,
- Remove cats permanently from their location
- Cover all the expenses of TNR
AFCA is not an animal shelter and does not maintain a building of any kind for the sole purpose of housing cats. We cannot house tame cats or kittens for extended periods of time.
"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way." Martin Luther King, Jr.