ABOUT US

The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen in February 2016 voted to approve a Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) program in Rehoboth and to accept the offer of Rehoboth Animal Advocates (RAA) organization (formerly the Friends of Rehoboth Animal Shelter) to conduct the TNR program.

 

Rehoboth Animal Advocates does not receive any financial aid from the town of Rehoboth.

 

The Animal Advocates operate the TNR program independently of Animal Control and the town shelter. The shelter will take in only the cats or kittens that are deemed adoptable after being trapped. Most feral/community cats are unsocialized and cannot go into homes. Animal Control is involved with rabies quarantine cases.

 

Our Mission Statement

In 2014, we started out as the Friends of the Rehoboth Animal Shelter. In 2016, we changed our name to Rehoboth Animal Advocates to better reflect our new mission statement which is:

·         To provide a Trap/Neuter/Return Program (TNR) in Rehoboth.

·         To promote awareness of the feral cat population and its effect on animals, environment, and residents.

·         To promote awareness of care and support for abandoned and neglected animals.

·         To support and help shelter animals.

What We Do

The specifics of TNR:

      The cats usually live in groups or colonies. The colony caregiver is the person(s) who feeds them. The caregiver usually contacts RAA via email,  stating that they have a colony of cats and need help. A pair of volunteers meets with the caregiver and will asses the situation.

The caregiver signs a release form which allows RAA to trap, and confirms with RAA that they will continue to provide food, water and shelter for the cats when returned to the colony.

Volunteers set the traps and wait on site for the cats to go in the trap. Once the cat is trapped the trap is covered to help calm and decrease panic, then the cats are brought to a holding area and transferred to “hospital” cages, with food, water and a litterbox and from here go to the veterinary hospital for spay/neuter, rabies and distemper vaccinations and ear tipping. Ear tipping signifies that the cat has been trapped spayed/neutered, vaccinated.

After surgery, the cat is held for 1-2 days usually and then returned to their colony.

In 2016, the TNR program through RAA neutered 82 cats and kittens and some were adopted.
 

We will resume trapping in the spring of 2017.

 

 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

BECOME A MEMBER!

      Our meetings are held the second Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m. at the Rehoboth Senior Center At 55 Bay State Road (Rt. 118), Rehoboth, MA

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BECOME A VOLUNTEER!

     We all have so little time, but even spending a few hours a week can really help and make a huge difference for the animals. We need help with interviewing and obtaining consent forms from colony caretakers, trapping, transportation, laundry, public relations to tell people what we do (specifically the TNR program)

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DONATE FROM OUR WISH LIST

We are always in need of the following

Paper Towels

Canned Cat Food (we will take anything but we prefer Friskies Pate)

Dry Cat Food Purina

BECOME A FOSTER PARENT!

Foster parents needed to help socialize and prepare for adoption. 

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Friends of the Rehoboth Animal Advocates and Other Helpful Links

HELPFUL DOCUMENTS

MEMBERSHIP FORM

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Volunteer Application/release Form

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Foster Application

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