TAMI is a new collaborative effort by FieldHaven Feline Center for community cats. It’s all thanks to a grant from California for All Animals, which exists to unite and amplify the work of California animal shelters. TAMI (Trap-Alter-Manage-Invest) can be defined as the following:
- Trap: The method of humanely securing cats for spay/neuter surgeries and/or sometimes other minor medical services
- Alter: The medical care, including spay/neuter surgeries, vaccines, a microchip, and/or sometimes other minor medical services
- Manage: Ensuring the cats are safe and cared for after being altered and returned to their homes
- Invest: The method of sustainability for the future of the program by encouraging communities to invest ongoing resources, continue Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) and caring for community cats, and educating the general public to ensure a peaceful coexistence between people and cats
TAMI is a holistic, community-based program for community cats in several defined areas surrounding our shelter in Lincoln. It will make affordable services and resources more accessible by targeting specific neighborhoods which have historically had had a high population of unowned cats with minimal spay/neuter compliance. This will decrease barriers for local residents, create sustainability for the care of community cats, and reduce overall euthanasia of unwanted and an uncared population of cats in these specific regions:
- Sutter County: Qualified TNR colonies
- City of Shasta Lake: Owned cats
- City of Marysville: All cats
The range of services offered through TAMI will include a multi-faceted, triage approach to ensure a foundation of success. Specific focus areas will include trapping, spay/neuter services, medical care, transport, and community outreach and support.
The program funding was awarded in late 2022 and will end in August 2023.
California for All Animals is a five-year project to improve the lives of at-risk animals in the state and provide much-needed resources to shelters that serve this vulnerable population. It exists to unite and amplify the work of California animal shelters to achieve our shared goal of matching every animal in need with the right outcome through the right care, delivered in the right place and at the right time.
Colony Name: Harmony Village
County/City: Sutter, Yuba City
Estimated cats at start: 20
Cats TNR’d as of 3/1/23: 11
Harmony Village is a residential living facility operated by Habitat for Humanity. They have had a cat colony there for several years with the cats being fed by the residents and no spay/neuter being done. FieldHaven trained the residents and management on colony care, feeding and trapping.
2/28/23: When I became Assistant Manager at Harmony Village the property had a feral cat colony of approximately 20 or so cats. They were becoming a nuisance and we needed assistance. I was put in contact with FieldHaven and they have been a great resource to us in dealing with this situation. The training provided was very beneficial as I had little knowledge on this subject. Their expertise and extensive knowledge of the equipment is very helpful to me as a neophyte. They are very organized with their time and equipment. They operate like a well-oiled machine. I’m so glad I was able to partner with them and our community is better off with their helpful community service.
Apply for Funding
To request funding (e.g. low-cost or free services), please fill out this application. Please note: qualification is not guaranteed even if you live in a targeted community.