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JJ's Helping Paws, Inc.

Our core programs (Low-Cost Spay/Neuter; Trap-Neuter-Return; Uber Kitty, and Pet Food Pantry) work together to improve the lives of at-risk cats and dogs who would otherwise suffer from overpopulation, neglect, starvation, or a lack of medical care.

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Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Voucher Program

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals
General population
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

JJ's provides low-cost spay/neuter vouchers for cats and dogs to be used at one of our local veterinarian partners. There is a desperate need for affordable and accessible low cost spay and neuter in Fremont County. The demand is high and we have long lines at our voucher sale events. We often hear residents say they simply wouldn't be able to afford the spay/neuter procedure without JJ's voucher! We also assist owners of multiple cats/kittens and/or dogs who, even with our low cost vouchers, could not afford to spay/neuter all of their pets.

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Evidence of Program's Success

So far this year, 232 pet owners purchased low-cost, spay/neuter vouchers for their pet dogs and cats. Of the 232 vouchers sold, 80 were hardship cases so we lowered the cost even further or were able to get vouchers for all of their pets rather than just the one or two pets they could afford.

Trap/Neuter/Return Community/Feral Cats Program

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals
General population

Description

Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) is exclusively for community/feral cats. We humanely trap, spay/neuter and return the cats to their communities to help control the feral cat population and provide a better quality of life for these otherwise forgotten cats.

With the help of community cat managers, we feed 600+ community cats and kittens every day and provide medical care when needed. JJ's rescued 126 kittens from feral communities who would have otherwise become feral adult cats. These kittens were all fostered by JJ's volunteers and then adopted into loving homes through our Uber Kitty Program.

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Evidence of Program's Success

So far this year, 175 feral cats and kittens were spayed or neutered through the TNR program preventing thousands of unwanted and feral kittens that would reproduce exponentially. Curbing unfettered growth helps to keep community/feral cat populations manageable and healthy.

Uber Kitty Program

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Animals
General population
People/Families of People with Health Conditions

Description

Kittens born into feral/community colonies have the opportunity to be adopted as pets into loving homes through our Uber Kitty Program. After they are weaned from their mother, kittens are fostered by JJ's volunteers then transferred for adoption to one of our rescue partners (typically in larger metropolitan areas where there are more people to adopt). These kittens would have grown into feral adults without this program. The mother cat will enter our TNR program to ensure she has no future litters.

The Uber Kitty program also helps owners who can no longer care for their cats due to owner illness or financial burdens. Many owner surrendered cats are old and/or need medical attention. The Uber Kitty Program ensures that these kitties find forever homes through our adoption partners.

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Evidence of Program's Success

So far in 2020, 342 cats have graduated from our Uber Kitty Program! 126 kittens from feral communities (who would have otherwise become reproducing, feral adult cats) were rescued, fostered, and entered our Uber Kitty Program. 216 cats/kittens entered the program through owner surrender. All 342 cats/kittens have or will find their forever homes through this program. This is a life-changing, life-saving program for cats and the owners who often surrender their cats due to unfortunate circumstances.

FREE Cat and Kitten Spay/Neuter Program

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals
Families
General population
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Beginning in 2019, JJ's Helping Paws holds free spay/neuter events for cats and kittens. This program is offered 1-3 times per year (as our budget allows). At each of our free spay/neuter events, between 50 and 90 cats or kittens will receive the spay/neuter procedure and vaccinations at absolutely no cost to the pet owner. In many cases, this will be the only time in the cat's life it will receive veterinarian care and without this program, these cats/kittens would continue to produce thousands of unwanted kittens. This program allows pet owners (especially those with multiple cats), who otherwise could not afford the procedure, to stop the cycle of overpopulation and unwanted litters. People feel empowered by becoming part of the overpopulation solution.

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Evidence of Program's Success

So far this year, 138 cats/kittens have received a free spay/neuter procedure. Spaying or neutering just one male and one female cat can prevent approximately 2,000 unwanted births in just 4 years! Because their reproduction rate is exponential, the impact of this program on the community is enormous. It has prevented tens of thousands of unwanted cat/kitten births in future years. This program allows people's cats to receive a procedure that their owners otherwise would not be able to afford (especially owners of multiple cats/kittens). Each event is booked up almost immediately with a waiting list for the next free event.

Feral and Pet Food Pantry

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Animals
General population
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Our Food Pantry Program provides free food to dog and cat owners in need as well as feral/community cats cared for by volunteer colony managers. The colony managers feed more than 600 cats every day! We rely largely on donated food and food that the organization must purchase when donations run low. In the past 6 months alone, JJ's Helping Paws has given away 950 bags (more than 3,000 pounds) of cat and dog food to pet owners in response to the community need.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In the past 6 months alone, JJ's Helping Paws has given away 950 bags (more than 3,000 pounds) of cat and dog food to pet owners in response to the community need. The economic need due to the affects of COVID have been hard on our community with so many service-based and tourism jobs lost. We were able to meet a timely need to help people keep their pets by providing free pet food. The need for supplemental free food is still ongoing.

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