About Us

 

About Us

Saving Graces 4 Felines incorporated as a nonprofit organization with the State of North Carolina on January 14, 2002 and operates a state approved  “NO-KILL” shelter. The organization’s goals are two fold: first, rescue and place in adoptive homes stray and abandoned cats and kittens; and second, provide Trap/Neuter/Return of feral cats. This service meets a need, not offered by any other animal rescue group in our area.Since 2002, Saving Graces 4 Felines has placed thousands of cats in homes. In addition to the rescued cats, the organization has assisted in securing sterilization services through local veterinarians for thousands of domesticated and feral cats.  Low-cost spay/neuter services to low-income cat and dog owners were added to the array of assistance in 2006, when SG4F assisted in opening Spay Today, a low cost spay/neuter clinic in Greenville, NC, owned by Betty Williams, DVM.  The clinic is the first of its kind in Pitt County.
Location and Hours
Our cats can be seen at PetSmart on Greenville Blvd the 1st and 2nd week of each month.  Hours are Monday – Friday 5pm – 8pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm and Sunday 1pm – 5pm.
TNR Activities
Trapping, neutering, and returning (TNR) feral cats back into their colonies to prevent reproduction is one of SG4F’s activities. This satisfies one long-term goal of reducing the feline population. Why is this the most effective way to reduce the over-population of cats?Studies have proven that removal of cats from colonies within an area creates a “vacuum-effect” which allows other cats or small animals to feed in that vicinity. The cats finding this food source will potentially be unhealthy, promoting the transmission of disease. Additionally, they will not be altered and will reproduce.Each female cat produces an average of 4.2 kittens per litter, with an average of three litters per year. Kittens produced from this chain can go into heat as early as 12-16 weeks old and will continue to reproduce. The average lifespan of a feral cat is 4 years, whereas the lifespan of an indoor cat may be as long as 20+ years.

All cats trapped through TNR programs are not only altered to prevent further reproduction, they are vaccinated against rabies and other feline diseases, treated for fleas, ears cleaned, and are ear-tipped to allow for easy identification in the future by trappers and animal control personnel.

Adoption Programs
Cats and kittens are accepted into SG4F from different avenues, such as from the public who find strays, animal control, or surrendered by owners.  All cats and kittens at 2 months of age or older are spayed or neutered, tested for FIV and Feline Leukemia, treated for worms and fleas, and vaccinated before adoption.  Kittens too small for spay/neuter are adopted with an adoption contract which serves as a voucher for spay or neuter of the cat through a participating veterinarian.  SG4F follows up with telephone calls or home visits, when necessary, to insure the cat is spayed or neutered by 6 months of age, to document compliance with the adoption contract.The first two weeks of each month, our cats are at the Greenville PETsMART’s Luv-A-Pet Adoption Center with adoption hours Monday-Friday, 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM; Saturday, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM; and Sunday, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM.   A rigorous adoption application and interview are required of the potential adopters to insure that the cat is being placed in the appropriate environment.We are committed to rescuing and nurturing kittens and cats in the Pitt County area, with the hope of finding kind, caring people to adopt these wonderful animals.
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