Animal Outreach of the Motherlode
- To provide community services for animals in need through low cost spay, neuter, and vaccine services to help eliminate pet overpopulation and euthanasia of adoptable animals.
- To provide a safe and caring haven for our feline shelter animals until adopted.
- To promote, through education and training, responsible pet ownership.
- To promote a fiscally responsible organization so that the funding that is available benefits as many animals as possible.
Animal Outreach has three types of barn cats: feral cats, semi-feral cats and garden cats.
- True feral cats have been trapped and want nothing to do with people. As a result, they tend to be great hunters.
- Semi-feral cats are used to being around people and are not as frightened by us. They though still keep any interaction to a minimum.
- Garden cats are cats that can't be placed as lap kitties due to having minor issues such a minor biting, scratching, or inappropriate litterbox habits. They are use to people and on occasion may seek you out for attention.
Because we are a no-kill shelter, we are thrilled to give these cats a second chance at life. Many have been previously abandoned by their owner and have had to adapt to living on their own. All have been spayed or neutered. We do ask for a $25.00 adoption fee to offset our expenses and keep the program running. These cats require food, water, and safe shelter at all times.
Our barn and garden kitty program provides a second chance at life for these cats. These cats reside at many of the wineries, ranches, and businesses in our area as well as residents with property that may need a "mouser" to control the rodent population.
Animal Outreach's foster parent program was created to help save more kittens and cats that were too young or needed special care before they could be placed up for adoption. The program allows the kittens, many who come in without mother's to receive the individualized care they need to boost their immune systems. Some kittens may need to be bottled fed as they are very young and some will have a mom who will do most of the work caring for them. Special needs cats or seniors may have a difficult time adjusting to shelter life. A foster family is ideal to assist them in their transition to a new forever family. The TLC and socialization foster parents provide is invaluable!!!
Animal Outreach provides cages and starter supplies such as food and litter. We attend to the kittens/cats medical needs through our clinic and do our best so as not to create a hardship to our foster parents. Foster parents fostering kittens only need to do so until the kittens reach two pounds or eight weeks at which time they can be vetted and spayed/neutered. Then they are on the way to being adopted!
Animal Outreach will also provide an after hours emergency number should your foster kittens or cats get sick.
Animal Outreach provides foster parent training and is always there to answer any questions a foster parent may have.
Foster parents continually tell us that fostering kittens/cats is one of the most rewarding experiences they have and look forward to helping us save lives. Many are foster failures!!!
Animal Outreach could not save as many kittens, seniors, or special needs cats as we do without foster families. For the health of the cats in our shelter, our space is limited.
The majority of our foster parents, especially those that foster kittens, volunteer every spring when "kitten season" begins. Shelters are overwhelmed with kittens and Animal Outreach's foster program allows us to also help county shelters by taking some their kittens and placing them within our foster program. More lives saved!
Our foster program also helps save the lives of senior or special needs cats who may not transition well into a shelter environment. Foster families are critical in providing a trusting environment, individualized attention, and assisting the cat until a permanent home is found. We have been successful in adopting 13 year old and even 16 year old cats who otherwise may not have found a home without the foster parents TLC.
Animal Outreach began in 2015 offering a free monthly Community Cats spay and neuter day for residents of El Dorado County. Animal Outreach, with full support of the Board, believes that the only humane and effective manner to stabilize the population of community cats is through spay and neuter services. Community cats consist of feral cats, semi-feral cats, and lost and abandoned pet cats and kittens.
- In 2016, we expanded our program to offer two free monthly community cat spay/neuter days which resulted in 666 community cats being spayed/neutered.
- In 2017, we offered one free monthly community cat spay/neuter day which has resulted in 370 community cats being spayed/neutered.
Our program has been well received by residents and is making an impact in stabilizing the community cat population and reducing the euthanasia rates of community cats in El Dorado County. Our team have spayed/neutered as many as 90 cats on one spay/neuter day.
We will continue this program in 2018 and beyond to benefit both residents and the community cats in El Dorado County.