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My house has long been a stray cat magnet. I don't know if they smell the cat food, or if people drop them off because they know I'm going to take care of them. Four of the five cats I currently have were strays. I recently set up a trail cam on my porch to get an accurate count of how many cats I'm actually feeding. I've seen two extra cats and one very fat raccoon so far, so I'm hoping to get pictures.

This is not just a problem at my house, though. All over town you see cats and kittens dashing between the shadows or foraging in dumpsters. I've picked up kittens off the side of country roads and gotten them a new home or to a rescue. I've decided it's time to make my actions official and start a non-profit dedicated to managing the feral cat population with TNR (trap, neuter, release), and finding homes for feral kittens and stray adults. You can read more about the difference between stray and feral cats here.

To that end, I'm going to need your help. I'm currently soliciting for founding board members who live in Panola County, MS and are willing to volunteer their time to get the non-profit up and running and form a solid group of committed volunteers to continue the work as long as it's needed. We have an amazing Humane Society group in Batesville that focuses on rescuing puppies and dogs (which is a major issue by itself), and several cat rescues in the surrounding counties. There is not a local group focused on cats only. Managing feral cats and reducing the stray cat population is the only focus of this organization.

Here's what we need:

  • 2-3 founding board members, including myself
  • Funding - this will be never ending
  • A set of by laws and articles of incorporation
  • Volunteers, live traps, trail cams, cat food, a friendly veterinarian who can offer a discounted rate for our group
What we have to do:
  • Get the word out. I already have a Facebook page, group, and an Instagram account in addition to this blog. Like, follow, share, and pass it on.
  • File for non-profit status, incorporate with the State of Mississippi, apply for sales tax exemption, adopt a set of by laws, and find a small building to rent (eventually).
  • Fundraise, fundraise, fundraise.
If you can provide ANY information or resources, or would like to volunteer your time or expertise to the cause, please send an e-mail to If you would like to donate to our initial expenses (filing fees, etc.), please donate here.


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We had a productive meeting last night,  brainstorming ideas to raise money. My favorite idea, which I already have in the works, is a "Cutest Cat Contest". I'm super excited about this one! I began the setup process last night and should have more information in the next 2-3 days. If this one goes well, we may do a calendar for next year.

We are also reaching out to our local Tractor Supply, Kroger, Wal-mart and a few other locations to find out if we can set up tables to collect donations and hand out fliers, and possibly take advantage of any broken bags of cat food or litter they may wish to donate.

I have a personal goal to get 100 cats spayed or neutered this year, and I think with your support we can do it.  If you can only give $1 or $5 it can go a long way to helping us reach our goals. If 100 people donate $5, we could spay our neuter up to 10 cats!

Please consider donating a few dollars to help fund our TNR program. Every dollar helps!

All paperwork has been filed, and now we wait

We incorporated with the state, got an EIN, and filed our non-profit paperwork (thanks Alex!). Now we wait for the IRS to approve our non-profit status! Did you know that donations can be back dated to the date of filing? Please consider donating to us as part of your holiday giving.

What we still have to do:
Get a PO BoxGet a bank accountPurchase equipment (check out our Wish List)And near future long term - open a shelter The stray cat problem in Batesville is so much greater than anyone realizes. To say we have a cat-astrophe on our hands is an understatement. Trapping and neutering will only go so far if new and existing pet owners don't get their animals spayed and neutered.

I've seen this graphic a million times, but I wanted to share it again.

As you can see from the graphic above, in less than a decade one single fertile cat can make the population explode. Due to the accelerated maturity of kittens, they can be fertile when only several months old. I'm being genero…