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What We Do

How You Can Help

Sunshine's Friends offers several programs to help homeless animals as well as pets in our local communities:

  • Service programs: We strongly believe in spaying or neutering pets to prevent overpopulation and vaccinating them to prevent diseases. These programs are aimed at providing assistance and funding to enable people to help the animals in their lives.
    • Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) — we provide TNR education, loaner traps, and trapping help for large community cat projects and special situations. Cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and then returned to their original location where they will be fed and monitored under the watchful eye of a caregiver.
    • Spay/Neuter — we offer low-cost/ no-cost spay/neuter options through partnerships with local vets to cat and dog owners who are unable to afford the surgery and required vaccines.
    • Resource & Referral — for people who need help but who are outside our service area, we provide counseling and referrals to nearby animal welfare organizations, vets, and other public and private resources.
  • Rehome/Placement programs: We believe that cats and dogs deserve to live their lives in the best possible conditions – adopted into loving homes, in temporary foster care, or moved up from feral colonies into barns. These programs accomplish those goals through rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming.
    • Rehabilitation – before our adoptees are rehomed, we address their physical and social issues and update their vaccinations.
    • Fostering for Rockstars – we are striving to recruit a cadre of dedicated fosters who care for the pets between intake and placement.
    • Adoption and “Cat-Matchmaking” – we pride ourselves on very low adoption failures because we know our adoptees and consider which adopters will be the best fit for their temperament, age, and personality.
    • Senior and Special Needs placement – we are determined to find the right homes to assure a fulfilling relationship for those pets that need extra care because of age or physical/medical restrictions.
    • Barn Placement - we work diligently to find safe alternatives for relocating feral, semi-feral, or tame cats that are accustomed to being outdoors. Our barn placement adoptions follow a strict, proven protocol for acclimating them to their new home.
    • Rehoming Assistance – in most cases due to the volume of homeless animals that we intake, we cannot accept surrendered pets. We can, however, help the current guardians by posting their pets on national adoption databases, and by referring potential adopters to them.
  • Pet Retention programs: We believe that it is easy to keep your pets when things are good, but when life takes a turn and bills, medical expenses, or military deployments become an issue, pets are at risk of being separated from their families and homes. These programs help keep cats and dogs together with their people where they belong.
    • Hope4Paws – Cats and dogs should not have to die, suffer, be euthanized, or be surrendered because their human companions could not afford to pay for their medical care. Hope4Paws will not only help save pet lives but will also help the owners keep their pets instead of having to surrender them because their medical care is beyond what the owner can afford to pay.
    • Food and Supplies Bank – we provide pet food for people who are having temporary financial difficulties in order to allow them to provide for their beloved companion. This program also may include flea/tick and deworming treatments.
    • Fostering for Deploying Military – we provide temporary care with foster families for the pets of active duty service members in our area who are deploying and have no other options.
  • Food & Medical Care for Sunshine’s Friends at the Sanctuary: We provide a loving home at the Sanctuary for cats who will never be adopted because of social or medical issues. They live in the comfort of a loving home with people who care about them with good nutrition, medical care, and lots of love, for the rest of their natural life.

We have also been collecting and accepting cat and dog food donations from private donors, at PetSmart pet stores and at special events, and distributed it to people in our communities who are in need of help feeding their pets. These people are also very much in need of help with medical treatments for their pets.

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