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Feral Affairs Network

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

aka Vaida Moore   |   Norfolk, VA   |  www.feralaffairs.org

Mission

The mission of Feral Affairs Network is to reduce the overpopulation of community cats through trap-neuter-return (TNR) initiatives and to provide relief to overcrowded local animal shelters.

Notes from the nonprofit

FAN is vegan. In compassionate allegiance with all animals, and with our many friends in animal rescue, FAN supports the Food for Thought Campaign. We do not use or serve animal-derived products at our functions or events.

Ruling year info

2019

President

Vaida Moore

Main address

9506 13th Bay Street Unit B

Norfolk, VA 23518 USA

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EIN

81-4251598

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

VISION – To make a positive impact in Hampton Roads on the significant problem of the overpopulation of feral or community cats (i.e., cats born in the wild or abandoned by human households), utilizing best practice Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). – To save and maintain healthy community cats throughout Hampton Roads and to create a strong caretaker network to support and care for them, ultimately reducing the region’s population of feral cats, estimated at 100,000 or more.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

TNR Initiatives & Adoption Program

Our primary mission is to trap, neuter and return (TNR) feral cats to their home communities. We maintain a robust foster and adoption program for kittens and friendly adults, working with Norfolk VA’s Catnip Cat Cafe. We also promote “career cat” options for semi-friendly kitties.

Population(s) Served

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 spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

TNR Initiatives & Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

TNR Initiatives & Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of released animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

TNR Initiatives & Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Our broad philosophy of personal beliefs guides the organization in all circumstances, so everyone understands what's important.
• Collaboration (e.g., strong network of cat caretakers, other nonprofits, shelters, clinics and, ultimately, local government)
• Integrity (e.g., “no cat left behind” full-circle TNR, the vegan stance)
• Transparency (e.g., veterinary records, nonprofit status, VA Office of Veterinary Services reporting, “save rate” statistics on website)

SCOPE OF OPERATIONS

FAN's main operation is best described as “full-circle TNR,” because rescue –by default– includes abandoned kittens and adult cats who can be socialized through foster care, mother cats with babies and pregnant queens who benefit by birthing and raising their litters indoors, owner-surrendered cats prevented from abandonment outside, all of which are made available for adoption. Additionally, the “T” in TNR covers trapping senior cats who are no longer suited to a life outdoors and require geriatric medical intervention and help with their “next chapter.”
This full complement of TNR further reduces the number of community cats on the streets as well as stray kittens and cats entering municipal shelters. Lives and taxpayer dollars are saved.

Feral Affairs Network has five principal areas of activity in Hampton Roads:
1. Coordinating Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts
2. Educating the public about TNR
3. Adopting out friendly cats and kittens caught in the process of TNR
4. Relocating individual feral cats or colonies to safe locations as "Career Cats"
5. Supporting low-income community cat caretakers

CONNECTING COMPASSIONATE HEARTS TO SAVE COMMUNITY CATS

FAN is an ardent and passionate participant in the 3,700+ strong Hampton Roads Community Cat Caretakers and the 50,000+ member Lost & Found Pets Hampton Roads Facebook groups which serve as the networking and resource centers for the region. FAN’s founder also works with an online (and in real life) group of leaders in other rescue groups to coordinate trapping projects and balance the limited space for low-cost spay/neuter clinic appointments in Hampton Roads.

ANNUAL CAT STATISTICS: OUR IMPACT
HAMPTON ROADS REGION OF SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA

2022 – Live Release Rate = 96.54% and Total Cats Saved = 1,311
2021 – Live Release Rate = 89.50% and Total Cats Saved = 1,297
2020 – Live Release Rate = 99.18% and Total Cats Saved = 623

At Feral Affairs Network (FAN), we believe public access to key data is vital to the success of our Trap – Neuter – Return (TNR) organization. Our numbers tell where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going.

**2022 saw a marked uptick in Live Releases & successful TNRs
*2021 saw a nearly 110% increase over cats saved in 2020

Financials

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Feral Affairs Network

Board of directors
as of 02/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Vaida Moore


Board co-chair

Sheila Hall

Vaida Moore

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Sheila Scally Hall

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Cleriece Whitehill

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2023

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.