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SAN ANTONIO FERAL CAT COALITION

Caring For Community Cats

San Antonio, TX

Mission

SAFCC is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to reducing the overpopulation of outside cats in the San Antonio area by rescue and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). We offer free classes to the public on how to trap cats and then provide traps on loan. Our Subsidy Program subsidizes spay/neuter clinics so the cost is only $20 for the surgery and rabies vaccination. Our home-based foster program rescues kittens and friendly strays for adoption. Additional programs help with vet bills for sick or injured cats, support colony feeders who are experiencing financial hardship, and trap for those who are physically unable to do TNR on their own.

Notes from the Nonprofit

We are very proud that we are an all-volunteer group of dedicated citizens performing a valued service for free for our community. We help caring people who cannot turn a blind eye to suffering animals; and we work tirelessly to reduce the number of those suffering animals in our city.

Ruling Year

2005

President

Mrs. Sherry Derdak

Main Address

PO Box 692308

San Antonio, TX 78269 USA

Keywords

feral cats, stray cats, community cats

EIN

76-0766948

 Number

6753393217

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

San Antonio has a very large outside cat population. The reasons include a warm climate that allows for year-round breeding, a high abandonment rate where people move away and leave their pets behind, and a cultural component that resists spay/neuter. Our organization helps the public do Trap-Neuter-Return, the most effective way to control cat populations. We train people on how to safely trap in a free, 90 minute training class, then loan traps to those trained, and subsidize the cost of spay/neuter to make it affordable for the public at only $20 - which includes the sterilization, rabies shot and ear tip. The ear tip identifies the cat as fixed so it will not be trapped again. We also rescue young kittens and friendly strays as our resources allow. This further reduces the number of free-roaming cats on the streets.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Community Outreach

Trap Loan Program

Helpline

Spay/Neuter Subsidy Program

Feral Food Program

Cat Crisis Fund

Rescue / Adoption Program

Trapper Team

Where we work

Our Results

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of animal adoptions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

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Rescue / Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This is the number of cats and kittens adopted out through our home-based foster program.

Number of phone calls/inquiries

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Helpline

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This metric is the number of helpline calls responded too in addition to the number of inquiries received via email.

Number of people trained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Community Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This is the number of people who have been trained to do TNR in our free classes offered to the public.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Spay/Neuter Subsidy Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This is the number of spay/neuter surgeries subsidized through our TNR program and our adoption program.

Number of traps loaned.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Trap Loan Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This metric is the number of traps loaned out to our TNR class attendees to do TNR.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our ultimate goal is to have a community where no kittens are born wild on the street, where no cat capable of living in a home is lacking one, and where no outside cats go wanting for food, water, and appropriate care and concern.

1. Make Trap-Neuter-Return easier and cheaper for the public. A. Easier 1) Develop a Trapping Team for those who are not able to trap. 2) Assist with mass trapping projects for large colonies 3) Develop Transport Teams to help with transportation problems B. Cheaper 1) Apply for grants that cover the clinic subsides which keeps the trapper's co-pay to $20 2) Apply for targeted grants to help with targeted zip codes. 2. Form partnerships with shelters and rescue organizations to take friendly cats off the streets. A. Increase foster base. B. Participate in adoption events. 3. Continue to support the Feral Food Program 1) Request donations for food. 2) Hold food drives. B. Continue to fund and support the Cat Crisis Fund 1) Let donors know they can designate to this fund. 2) Send specific requests out for high-dollar injuries.

We have a core group of dedicated volunteers that run our main programs: Community Outreach, Trap Loans, Helpline, Trapper Team and Adoptions. We have over 200 members and a constant contact email list of over 3,000 who have signed up to get updates and news. We have trained 8,000 residents to do TNR. There are 4 teams of presenters who teach the TNR Classes. The Trap Loan Team consists of 6 people who manage 210 traps. The Helpline is composed of volunteers who respond to an average of 300 calls/month. The Trapper Team traps for those who are unable to trap. We have partnered with three spay/neuter clinics and pay them a subsidy for each cat brought in under our program. Animal Care Services (ACS) supports what we do and has provided a letter stating they "support and embrace Trap-Neuter-Return". The Mayor and city council supports what we do and is appreciative of our service to the community.

Data is maintained on everything we do and Animal Care Services keeps statistics on cat intake, calls about cats, and dead animal pickup. These numbers can be followed for trends. The scope of the outside cat situation in San Antonio is so vast that visible progress is not expected to be seen for many more years. The progress noted will be seen locally in the neighborhoods who have adopted TNR and no longer have kittens born. The goal is kitten-free neighborhoods and reduced numbers of suffering, free-roaming cats.

To date we have trained over 8,500 people to do TNR. We have a bilingual TNR Class flyer and offer bilingual classes. Our Trap Loan Program has expanded to include cages for relocation, recovery, and socialization. Our Helpline Program has divided days into two shifts, an AM and PM shift so as to not overwhelm volunteers with the increased call volume. Our goal is to have two shifts for all Helpline dasy. Our Rescue/ Adoption Program has expanded to meet the constant need to pull kittens from backyard litters for foster. There is a growing need for our Feral Food Program so additional funds will be needed to support this program if it is to expand. The Cat Crisis Fund especially touches the hearts of our donors but can be very costly.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Combined Federal Campaign 2015

Financials

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

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?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Our organization is all volunteer. Recruitment is for specific jobs that are identified to be necessary for our mission and programs. Our work seems to involve mainly females which may be why our Board is composed of all females. This has not always been the case. We have had 2 males as past Board members. It's difficult to find good, dependable volunteers to do our work so we do not have the luxury to be selective as to demographics.