The Colony Caregivers organization was formed in February 2009. We are the only organization of it's kind in Ontario County, New York. The group is dedicated to taking care of feral, stray and abandoned cats. We trap, neuter/spay, vaccinate & care for cats in known feral colonies and assist individuals who care for a colony or adopt an abandoned cat but cannot afford to get them neutered/spayed. We also try to educate the public about these feral cat colonies and how they can help.
Our Field Coordinators, Maureen, Mary, Lynne & Joan, work diligently to get us clinic openings at Habitat for Cats, two local animal facilities in Canandaigua and on in Phelps. Habitat for Cats runs a feral clinic on Wednesdays in Penfield, NY. The charge is $55 to neuter/spay and vaccinate. They are only able to provide us with 10-15 openings per month. We are able to offer several openings each month at the Dog and Cat Surgery & Wellness Clinic in Batavia, NY for $75 to neuter/spay and vaccinate.
There are four local vets who generously donate their time and do about 25 cats per month. We are always looking for more vets who would be wiling to help out just a few hours each month.
In addition to providing this service, members also have colonies they feed and take to vets when sick or injured, often paying for these services out of their own pockets. Money to support our organization comes from individual donations and fund-raising events. Look for our candy being sold at various businesses throughout Ontario County.