Founded in 2001 and incorporated in 2005, Dane County Friends of Ferals offers indoor and outdoor cat adoptions, Spay/Neuter services, and community education. We have three full time staff members, three part time staff members, and over a hundred volunteers in various roles. Our Board of Directors meets every second Thursday at 6:30 P.M, and currently has 7 members. Each year, we find homes for over 700 cats and spay or neuter at least 700 more.
Dane County Friends of Ferals mission is to save cats’ lives through community solutions. How we implement that mission through our operations is by understanding that working as a community enables the best work in all of us.
Whether as an adoption community, a sheltering community, a TNR community or as a group of people who all work cooperatively to promote the humane care and protection of all animals, we can make a difference by working together.
Mission, Vision and Beliefs
Our Mission: Saving cats’ lives through community solutions.
Our Vision: Dane County Friends of Ferals aspires to serve as a model shelter and adoption program and strives to educate the community and other organizations on the humane care and adoption of all cats.
Our Beliefs: These core beliefs guide our activities. Dane County Friends of Ferals believes:
- in the Adoption Guarantee that all cats in our care deserve a safe and permanent home.
- that all free-roaming cats deserve humane care.
- that an outdoor home is an appropriate adoption outcome for some cats.
- in educating the public and other shelters to create partnerships to reduce euthanasia of cats.
- in humanely and efficiently reducing cat overpopulation through targeted Trap-Neuter-Return programs.
- in removing barriers to adoption.
- in partnering with other communities to find solutions to their cat population concerns.
We have three strategic pillars that guide our decisions.
- Create and maintain an Adoption Guarantee standard for cats in our community;
- Become a leader in the humane care and protection for feral cats;
- Ensure all cats are sterilized, vaccinated and cared for.
We will work toward achieving these pillars through several strategic directives related to financial sustainability, enhanced operations, education and outreach and board governance. In 2016, we created a Strategic Plan to help guide us through our mission and to direct our decisions with regard to our pillars.
Specifically, our strategic plan is broken into these 8 directives:
- Financial Sustainability
- Programmatic Operations
- Human Resources
- Education and Outreach
- Brand Identity
- Population Management
- Long Term Goals
Please contact our Director, Colin, if you would like to obtain a copy of our Strategic Plan and to learn more about what we have in store for the coming years.