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A National Solution for Homeless Cats

ACF13361 David Dern Every neighborhood in Canada

Created September 24, 2012 by David Dern


Every neighborhood in Canada

Funding Level

$100k - 150k (< 2014)

Community Size

More than 1,000


Animal shelters across the country, overwhelmed with cats in need, are sounding the alarm, desperate for solutions, looking for ways to change the situation for lost, abandoned, abused and neglected cats - the cats we love and respect so much. The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is responding to this call for help by working to provide solutions AND FUNDING to create more happy endings to Canada's serious cat crisis.  

Why do we need your votes?  As a national federation, the CFHS has Humane Societies, SPCAs and rescue members across the country ready solve their local homeless cat problems…but they just don’t have the money.  That’s where you come in.  With a $150,000 Aviva Community Fund Grant, the CFHS can fund innovative and effective homeless cat programs from across the country.  Your votes ensure that local programs, programs in your neighborhoods, have the funding to address local homeless cat problems.   Programs such as spay/neuter, trap-neuter-release, ‘barn cat’ programs, etc.   A vote for us is a vote to help the homeless cats in your neighbourhood.  

That’s some pretty serious good you’re doing by voting for our project.  Talk about making your vote count!  

Look at the bigger picture, not just a snapshot of one problem in a specific area.  As the only national animal welfare group in Canada, we are in a unique position to make a difference not only in your community, but in communities across the country. 

For those of you who have asked for more specifics, here they are:

  • Phase 1: In early 2012 the CFHS and Nanos Research launched a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder research initiative to define the cat overpopulation problem through a methodology that captured the available data from key stakeholders across the country and provided results in a provincial and national format.
  • Phase 2: By December of 2012 we will publish the results/conclusions/recommendations coming out of this research, along with case studies and best practices from groups across the country.
  • Phase 3: In 2013 the CFHS will encourage groups from across the country to implement localized homeless cat programs to address their specific problem(s); e.g. feral, TNR, adoption promotion, etc...  Phase 3 is the 'project' that we have submitted to Aviva and what we will hopefully receive funding for.  Funding from Aviva will be given back out to community-level groups to implement their specific programs.  Therefore, many, many communities could benefit from our project being funded (that's why we note over 1,000 people will be affected by our project.)

You've loved them online while laughing at their videos, you've been jealous about their ability to sleep all day and you've admired how they always seem to land on their feet, but, what they really need right now is your helping hand.


About Us

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is the only national organization representing humane societies and SPCAs across Canada.