Black and Orange Cat Foundation gets grant for local TNR work

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The Black and Orange Cat Foundation received a $9,900 grant from Best Friends Animal Society for its Champaign County “Kitty Fix” program to help to humanely manage the county’s “community cats.” Additionally, this grant is supported by Rachael’s Rescue, a charitable initiative by Rachael Ray to help animals in need.

“This grant project targets free-roaming community cats at serious risk of being killed if they enter shelters,” said Liz Finch, senior manager of Best Friends National Programs. “It provides a proven solution, called trap/neuter/return or TNR, to save their lives, which is in alignment with Best Friends’ determination to help Save Them All®.”

TNR methods, like the ones used in the Kitty Fix, capture homeless, free-roaming cats to sterilize, vaccinate and return them to their “outdoor homes” to live out their natural lives without reproducing.

“This grant means that we can add the Champaign County “Kitty Fix” project this year to our efforts to make Champaign County a no-kill community,” said Robin Craft. “Our goal is to perform 300 spay/neuter surgeries over one year. We would like to thank Best Friends Animal Society and Rachael’s Rescue for their support in making this project a great success.

“Every day some 9,000 animals are killed in our nation’s shelters simply because they don’t have a home. When you choose to adopt your next pet and spay/neuter stray and feral cats, you are becoming part of the solution right here in our community,” said Craft. “That’s why we are proud to partner with Best Friends. We really believe together we can save them all.”

The Black and Orange Cat Foundation has been working in rural Madison, Union and Champaign counties for 10 years to help spay and neuter stray and feral cats using humane TNR methods, as well as educating to reduce the feline overpopulation problem.

Black and Orange will be working with His Hands Extended Sanctuary and Clinic in St. Paris for all surgeries and vet care for the Kitty Fix project. Learn more about His Hands Extended at

For more information on the grant project in Champaign County, email [email protected] or visit its web site at or Facebook:

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, adoption centers and spay and neuter facilities in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,300 rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

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Submitted by the Black and Orange Cat Foundation.

Submitted by the Black and Orange Cat Foundation.