About Us

The Foundation for Homeless Cats is a nonprofit 501(c)3 advocacy organization working to end the killing of free roaming, outdoor, and feral cats in Maricopa County Arizona.

We provide property owners with resources to implement a low cost, long term, nonlethal cat management.

We assist homeowner associations, apartment complexes, mobile home parks, businesses, government offices, and individuals with free roaming and stray cat populations to adopt a Cat Management Plan using Trap/Neuter/Return.

Animals May 2008 006We lobby for cats at the local and state levels. We work with city leaders and state legislators to implement anti cruelty legislation for all animals.

We hold regular “how to” presentations of topics of implementing TNR (trap/neuter/return), how cats can be good neighbors, and how to negotiate for cats.

We sponsor the online colony caregivers support group, with over 400 members.  http://www.meetup.com/Phoenix-feral-friends  

We manage 14 sterilized colonies, providing food, water and monitoring for illness or injury.

We work to implement lifesaving programs for cats at local intake shelters, such as networking E List cats, RTF (return to field), and keeping cats out of the shelters altogether.

History

We are concerned citizens who have joined together to help control the free roaming cat population in our communities. We all started doing TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) on our own or reached out for help and information. Our organization was started August, 2008 by Carla D Jewell. Carla has been utilizing TNR  since 2001, realizing that this was the ONLY solution to address the issue of free roaming cats. She knew there were others out there doing the same thing and had a vision to bring them together in order to support one another and come together to ensure the public is educated on TNR and current laws protecting free roaming cats. Our group has grown to over 400 members with the same goals. You may join our free online community at

Phoenix Feral Friends

Our Mission

The goal of The Foundation for Homeless Cats is to educate community leaders and residents of Maricopa County, Arizona, on implementing an economically feasible method for  humanely reducing the population of stray and free roaming cats, thus easing neighborhood tensions, fostering compassion, and to see abuse diminished and laws enforced.

What is YOUR cat management plan? When we ask this question, the response is usually “We don’t have one.”

No matter what issues you are having with free roaming cats:

Do you agree the issue should be addressed?
Do you agree the solution should be effective?
Do you agree the solution should be long term?
Do you agree the solution should be humane and legal?
Do you agree the solution should be low cost?

TNR, (Trap Neuter Return), is the only solution. Decades of research by animal control professionals, veterinarians, and humane organizations have shown TNR as the most effective long term solution.

How We Help

  • We are available to coordinate with TNR  organizations, who provide clinic appointments for sterilization surgery, lend humane traps and offer instruction.
  • We will provide nonlethal cat management training, education on responsibilities, and TNR Guides.
  • We will show you how to maintain feeding stations, as this is crucial and required.
  • We will provide ideas and solutions for raising TNR money and discuss hardship cases, as a tax deductible donation of as little as $25 will help spay/neuter one cat.
  • We are available to offer solutions where the caretaker and colony is in jeopardy. We do hope to empower you to do this as the cats’ lives depend on you.
  • We are available to speak at meetings, conferences, block watch assemblies, HOAs, businesses, churches, schools, and youth organizations concerning the issue of free roaming cats. We will mediate with you on behalf of you and the cats in certain situations.

We are available to provide brochures, literature and speakers for education and awareness in assisting you in educating your community or raising funds.

What We Cannot Do:

We cannot relocate or remove cats. In the state of Arizona cats are free roaming and have the right to remain where they make their home. Removal or relocation could result in criminal or civil prosecution.

Keep the “R” in TNR

Trap-Spay/Neuter-RETURN

***PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT a rescue group or shelter and cannot pick up, relocate, place OR adopt out kittens or cats. ***

The Foundation for Homeless Cats is supported solely through donations. We do not receive any taxpayer support or other public funding. Please make a donation today and help end cat overpopulation in Maricopa County.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
— Mahatma Gandhi