Animal Welfare Fund
The Key Biscayne Animal Welfare Fund was established in 2013 to raise awareness of the issues facing homeless cats and dogs, marine and aviary life in South Florida. Its mission is to:
- Offset medical costs associated with neutering or spaying homeless animals and healing those that are ill;
- Establish a process for the fostering and adoption of homeless cats and kittens on Key Biscayne; and
- Educate youth about the plight of homeless animals and protection of marine life and seabirds.
Since the Animal Welfare Fund was established, over 250 kittens, cats and teenage residents have been impacted:
- Roughly eighty homeless kittens and cats have been fostered and adopted;
- Over $7,500 has been spent on food and supplies, medical care, and fostering incentives; and
- Fifty-eight teenage residents have earned 306 community service credit hours.
The Animal Welfare Fund works in conjunction with those leading the Village’s Trap-Neuter-Return effort, through which 127 homeless Key Biscayne cats have been sterilized and vaccinated for rabies.
Here’s how Key Biscayne residents can make a difference:
Make a Donation: Funds go toward medical care for kittens and cats that are injured or ill; treatment for parasites and feline leukemia, food and supplies, incentives for foster care and adoption, and more
Donate Cat Food: All food donations go to those who feed homeless cats on Key Biscayne. The food can be dry or wet and it can even be expired.
Become a Foster Parent: Key Biscayne has an ongoing population of homeless kittens. Those waiting for adoption need to be safely secured in homes. All kittens boast a 100% clean bill of health before entering a foster home.
Volunteer: In addition to fostering, volunteers are needed to show kittens ready for adoption, assist with trapping and transportation, and more. Teens receive community service credit for their time.
For additional information contact Jill Stephens.