Catalyst for CatsCatalyst for Cats, Inc.

Founded in 1990 by Randi Fairbrother, and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1991, Catalyst for Cats, Inc. of Santa Barbara, CA is dedicated to helping stray and feral cats. The organization’s primary goal is to prevent the suffering of cats, and its main strategy is the reduction and control of feral cat populations within Santa Barbara County through its TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) and feeding programs.

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From the Good Mews Department

Catalyst Volunteer Wins Big at Cat Writers' Conference

Marci Kladnik, Catalyst for Cats volunteer, has been a professional member of the international Cat Writers’ Association since 2010. CWA is an organization of professionals writing, publishing, and broadcasting about cats. Members include writers, editors, publishers, artists, public relations specialists, broadcasters and others. Marci was elected CWA president in fall 2014.

Muse MedallionMarci's articles on this website have received the Cat Writers' Association Certificate of Excellence for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. She took Muses (first place) in 2013 and 2014. She also took Muses for photography in 2012 and 2013. To be recognized by her esteemed peers is an honor indeed.

Known in the Santa Barbara County area for her regular cat related column in the Santa Ynez Valley News, Lompoc Record and Santa Maria Times, Marci also volunteers as she can to further the Catalyst for Cats mission of addressing the feline overpopulation problem and preventing cruelty to animals by stopping the birth of unwanted and uncared for kittens.

How You Can Help

You can become a catalyst for change in the lives of feral cats by helping in the following ways:

  1. Spay or neuter your household pet and encourage others to do the same. Our feral cat epidemic is largely the result of unaltered, lost or abandoned cats. We can refer you to low-cost spay/neuter programs.
  2. Report local breeding cat colonies to us and spread the word about our work.
  3. Adopt a rescued cat or kitten.
  4. Become a volunteer. We need fosters to bottle feed and tame kittens, food care persons, neighborhood caretakers, trappers, transporters, and helpers for fundraising.
  5. Make a tax-deductible donation to Catalyst for Cats, Inc. All contributions go directly towards preventing cruelty to animals by addressing the feline over-population problem.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our ranks of volunteers, please contact us. We will welcome you to our dedicated circle of caring individuals.





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