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Visalia Feral Cat Coalition Inc

Be Human. Be Humane

VISALIA, CA   |  visaliaferalcatcoalition.org

Mission

The Visalia Feral Cat Coalition seeks to reduce cat overpopulation by practicing, teaching, and raising awareness of Trap Neuter Return Manage (TNRM). We believe through community cooperation and outreach we can eliminate the suffering of these abandoned animals by breaking the reproductive cycle. We are committed to the well-being of our local feral and community cats.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Lisa Kucala

Main address

5610 W Sunnyview Ave

VISALIA, CA 93291 USA

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EIN

46-4559862

NTEE code info

Veterinary Services (D40)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our area is overrun with homeless cats. Our County and City Shelters don’t have the resources to intake all cats unless they are sick and need to be euthanized. Since the shelters don't take feral cats it sounds like they are no kill, but the cats are left on the streets to fend for themselves. The cats are breeding so fast the numbers are out of control. A female cat can have four litters a year and those kittens who are female can start breeding at four months old. Left unaltered two cats can turn into a hundred in as little as a year. Visalia Feral Cat Coalition members don't want to see these cats and kittens starve and die in the worse way. The males have horrible lives, fighting for the females with very short life spans. They end up with wounds and diseases and spread them to the females. We want to stop this cycle.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Voucher Program

Visalia Feral Cat Coalition offers Trap Neuter Return Manage Vouchers for getting feral cats spayed/neutered with copays, depending on the clinic used. The cats need to be feral or a community cat in order to qualify for the program and the ear will be tipped. Our vouchers can be used on feral/community kittens, even if being tamed for adoption. The vouchers are for spay/neuter, and ear tip only. Vaccinations are included depending on the clinic. To get voucher codes use our contact page. We also loan traps, on a first come first serve basis for free.
We wish we could help all cats, but we are focused on feral/community cats.

Our vouchers can be used at
VOSPCA
9405 W Goshen Ave and Plaza
Visalia, CA 93291
(559) 741-1121

Companion Animal Medical Center
5229 W. Walnut Avenue
Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 625-9920

Porterville Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic
1315 W Olive St
Porterville, CA. 93257
(559) 615-1116

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals receiving subsidized or free spay/neuter services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Voucher Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020 COVID affected us because we were quarantined and most vet clinics stop taking feral cats. In 2021 we are starting to recover and have been getting more cats TNR'ed than ever before.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Voucher Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Spays and neuters done through our voucher program. We try and do a minimum of one mass trapping a month, we Trap Neuter Return Manage 45-65 cats in one night and get them fixed and return them

Number of spay/neuter vouchers issued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Voucher Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Vouchers for $10/$15/$30 copay spay/neuters.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Visalia Feral Cat Coalition’s main goal is to reduce cat overpopulation through practicing, teaching, and raising awareness of Trap Neuter Return Manage (TNRM). We have a big void to fill with our County and City Animal Control not being able to take any feral cats and doing limited TNR. Also, we need to get more veterinary clinics to take our vouchers and to be able to lower the cost of the vouchers. We would like to add an education program to Visalia Feral Cat Coalition. VFCC would also like to start an outreach program for our Spanish-speaking community. Our dream is for all feral/community cats to be spayed/neutered and fed. With the populations being controlled through TNRM

Visalia Feral Cat Coalition offers TNRM Vouchers for getting feral cats spayed/neutered with a $10/$15/$30 copay depending on the clinic. The cats need to be feral or a "community cat" for the program and the ear will be tipped. Kittens that come from the street will be allowed to use our vouchers (with no ear tip) in order to stop the cycle and get the kittens into homes. VFCC would like to lower the cost of the vouchers or even make them free. If a person has 10 stray cats that need to be fixed the copay is too much for them. We also conduct mass trappings to get a problem area started and then do follow-up trappings to get the missed cats. The cats are spayed/neutered, given shots, and their ear is tipped. After a mass trapping we put feeders in place to take care of the cats. The end result is a stable colony that will not grow.

The VFCC is the only Trap Neuter Return Manage group targeting feral/community cats in Tulare County, which has approximately 466,000 people. It's a rural area with large colonies of feral cats. It doesn’t have a high euthanasia rate because they just don’t take feral/community cats, they are left to fend for themselves. VFCC started in 2013 with a group of 5 individuals and now has grown to an active membership of over 100 volunteers, and 6 veterinary clinics. When this group started there were no TNRM programs, they were all euthanized. VFCC changed the outlook for feral cats. We have a volunteer base that feeds daily, traps on a regular basis and removes kittens to be socialized and be adopted out. We also give the public vouchers for $10/$15/$30 spay/neuter, shots and ear tip, different clinics offer different prices and shots. Visalia Feral Cat Coalition provides education to the public on how to trap and the benefits of Trap Neuter Return Manage. With more funding we can expand our program to fix more cats each month and lower the voucher cost to the public. The cost of the spays and neuters have been greatly reduced for us so we can fix cat cheaper than any other organization in our area, they are basically covering the cost of the medications used on the cats and the shots. The cats are getting the best care from amazing veterinarians. In our area people know about VFCC and veterinarians are starting to approach us. We hope to be able to add more clinics as our donations increase.

Visalia Feral Cat Coalition is in a unique situation that we have built great relationships with many veterinary clinics. Even the clinics that don’t take our vouchers will donate a day to us to spay/neuter cats that whole day. We partner with VOSPCA and together we are able to fix anywhere from 30-70 cats depending on how many veterinarians volunteer the day to us. Pre COVID we were doing 1 or 2 a month, now we are back to doing 1 a month.

Our veterinarians also help us with any medical that feral cats need, usually for just the cost of the drugs to put them under and then pain management and antibiotics.

We have also made connections with other rescues and work together to save as many adoptable cats as we can. In turn we help them with feral cats that need help.

Visalia Feral Cat Coalition is growing fast and helping more cats than ever before. We are starting an outreach program for our Spanish speaking community.

VFCC started in 2013 with a group of 5 individuals who saw a problem, at a local park there were sick cats everywhere, over 100, and dead kittens on the ground. This park became our starting point. We worked on this park until all the cats were fixed and kittens adopted out, this took years. Now the park has a stable population of 20 healthy cats. The population went down naturally. We used this model to work on hundreds of areas. We make sure that before we do a mass trapping our volunteers will do follow up trappings and feed the cats daily. Visalia Feral Cat Coalition has many stable colonies that are fed on a daily basis.

We have worked with the local city shelter so that community cats are no longer accepted for euthanasia. They are now TNR'ed at no charge to the public. Comparing the year 2015 to 2018 shows this dramatic ripple effect. Visalia City Care Center's statistics: 2015 TNR-19 Euthanasia-1719 Total Intake=3110 2018 TNR-442 Euthanasia-398 Total Intake-1434 2019 TNR 1703. Unfortunately due to COVID, City and County TNR has almost stopped. We are left to fill that gap.

Our dream is to end overpopulation of cats in a humane manner using Trap Neuter Return Manage. With additional funding we can achieve this goal.

How we listen

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Financials

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Visalia Feral Cat Coalition Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lisa Kucala

Janice Cox

Vice President

Mark Kucala

Dr. Kuswa

Advisor

Beckie Rush

Secretary Officer

Niki Cudworth

Julie Egge

Marc Egge

Deborah Sherrill

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/1/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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