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About Catpals

Cat Pals, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to supplying food, water and medical care to abandoned and feral cat colonies living at the 56-acre beachfront park of Hollywood North Beach. Cat Pals is staffed completely by volunteers, and those who interact directly with the cats are trained before being assigned a specific area.

Our Trap/Neuter/Release program (T/N/R) was presented to the City of Hollywood and Broward County in 1994 by our founder, Cindy Martin, with the endorsement of Dr. James Dee of the Hollywood Animal Hospital. The program was approved by the city and is a tremendously rewarding effort to control the population of existing cat colonies.

As more vets and clinics offer support and discounted fees to our program, T/N/R has come to be one of the most significant services Cat Pals provides. Each humanely trapped cat is tested for disease, sterilized and vaccinated. Ear tipping, the universal sign that shows a feral cat has been neutered, is the last part of the treatment.

Every effort is made to find homes for healthy kittens and abandoned adult cats. All healthy cats not adoptable are returned to their colony. When Cat Pals began this mission, there were over 300 cats in these local colonies. The success of our T/N/R program has helped manage the population and reduced that number to approximately 85 -- despite the unfortunate increase of abandoned cats and pets during these difficult economic times.

We understand that many of the cats "dropped off" in our area are placed there simply out of the financial desperation of owners who love them. But the harsh reality is that 30 percent of them die within days due to their inability to compete for survival without the care of their owners. This accentuates the need for volunteer foster homes for our domesticated cats. These beautiful, people-friendly animals deserve a second chance, but the adoption process takes time. Providing them a temporary foster home while they await a forever home is one of the best gifts we can help provide.

Please consider becoming a Cat Pal. Fundraising for the medical portion of our program is more important than ever, and we are always in need of volunteer feeders to visit the colonies.

If you would like to temporarily open your home to foster a cat, there is an increasing need for this service as our T/N/R program grows. Any help you can provide is always greatly appreciated.

In addition, any financial donations to Cat Pals, Inc. go completely to the cats. We have no overhead and no salaried employees.

Cat Pals provides a valuable service through our "labor of love." Our goal is to humanely contain these colonies, and be sure the abandoned cat population does not continue to increase.

Too see photos of our beautiful family (the cats, not us!), click on The Cats link. We hope you will join us as a donor or an active volunteer!

Thank you,

Cat Pals, Inc.