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ARF Receives Challenge Grant to Help Feral Cats

Animal rescue organization raises $14,000 to receive $18,000 grant from Drukier Family Foundation.

Thirty-two thousand dollars can go along way in helping feral cats — that's how much the in Wainscott has secured for that endeavor.

On Wednesday, ARF Hamptons announced that it successfully met a 2 to 1 challenge grant to increase the amount of food purchased for ARF's Operation Cat program, which humanely reduces the growing number of homeless, feral and stray cats.

The Drukier Family Foundation pledged $18,000 if ARF could raise $9,000 by September — and the organization exceeded the goal, raising $14,000.

Volunteers provide food, water and shelter for over 1,000 cat colonies.

"All the funds raised will fund cat food that is carefully distributed to Operation Cat Volunteers who monitor and feed colonies of community cats," a statement from ARF read. "ARF’s Operation Cat program is one of the most successful community cat programs in the country and as a result of 15 years of providing trap/neuter/return services the number of kittens born in the wild are declining."

According to ARF, over 15,000 feral cats from Westhampton Beach to Montauk have been altered.

They are trapped and brought to the Adoption Center or to a local veterinarian where they are altered and vaccinated. They are then released back to their colony. A notch in one of the cat's ears helps to ensure that it is not trapped again.

PJ Delia September 13, 2012 at 08:30 PM
good news.
highhatsize September 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Great story. Thank god for the volunteers.
Patrice Dalton September 13, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I am so grateful for this grant. Cats are the most disposable of pets. ARF does great work for the ferals. Well deserved!!!!
Lady L October 06, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Maybe ARF can sign up for a diet program for the feral cats, the ones in the Amagansett dunes are SO fat!
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