CatPals, 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. We are staffed completely by volunteers, and those who interact directly with the cats are trained before being assigned a specific area.
Our Trap/Neuter/Return 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.
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 CatPals 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. When CatPals 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 45 - 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.
Fundraising for our program is more important than ever, and we are always in need of volunteer feeders to visit the colonies. In addition, any financial donations to CatPals, Inc. go completely to the cats. We have no overhead and no salaried employees. If you would like to open your home to foster or adopt a cat, there is an increasing need. Any help you can provide is always greatly appreciated.
CatPals provides a valuable service through our "labor of love." Our goal is to find homes/barns/stable for our cats who are being evicted from the park.