What we do
Based in North San Diego County, Love Your Feral Felines mission is to improve the lives of feral and homeless cats and kittens. We accomplish our mission through our Barn Cat Program, TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return), and our Under-Socialized Kitten Foster Program. We focus on educating the public on spaying/neutering and the process of TNR to reduce the number of feral cats and kittens entering shelters. Love Your Feral Felines, is an all-volunteer, non-profit based organization funded by donors, dedicated to helping the San Diego County homeless cat population. With TNR, feral and homeless cats are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered, tested, vaccinated, and returned to their original location. The breeding stops, and the behaviors associated with mating stops (spraying, fighting, yowling). TNR is the only long term, effective humane solution in controlling feral cat population. We assist local shelters with our Barn Cat Program, where we save feral and semi-feral cats from euthanasia and place them into barn homes where they can help control the rodent population. In May 2017, we started our Under-Socialized Kitten Foster Program focusing on saving kittens deemed “feral” in local shelters from euthanasia. After a few weeks in a foster home these kittens generally become social and are ready for adoption into their forever indoor homes.
Please note our mission is to help feral’s in the local shelters system so we cannot accept public surrenders of cats or kittens at this time.
Founder- Christine Hubbard
In April 2011, I decided to do something for the greater good in honor of my birthday. I decided to start volunteering at one of our local shelters. Boy did I not realize how that decision was going to change my life forever. From that day on I have been actively working to change the lives of feral cats. I had set many goals and had many dreams of what I wanted to see for our feral felines. We still have a ways to go but just in the past four years have made huge strides.
One of my dreams was that one day shelters would end the euthanasia of feral cats which came true at one shelter, and a goal was to get a TNR program started at the local shelter and that was achieved.
I wanted to share my journey with all of you in hopes that people can see just one person CAN make a difference. Please take a stand and be the voice of our feral felines. Let’s take this journey together to change the lives of feral cats
Senior Director- Melissa Dunaj
I have been in animal welfare for close to 10 years, both working in vet offices as a vet assistant and multiple roles with local shelters. Having worked in local shelters, I have a deep understanding of the hardships shelters face with the difficult decisions they make. Working in shelters was heartbreaking. I found my calling with Love Your Feral Felines in June of 2017 and it feels like home! We are able to step in where the shelters aren’t able to. We have big plans for our Under-Socialized Kitten Foster Program and will continue our life-saving work through our other, more developed programs. We learn something new everyday in rescue and we hope to continue to make a positive difference in the world.
Foster Coordinator- Amanda Hodder
I originally started fostering for Love Your Feral Felines in June of 2017 and quickly fell in love with the foster program. I wanted to get more involved and low and behold, here I am as Foster Coordinator. I don’t have an animal welfare background, but I have a passion for the kitties and an eagerness to learn. I’m happy to help and excited to be a part of TEAM LYFF!
Marketing/Behavior Assessment Coordinator- Brianne Youngberg
I have been in animal welfare for many years and helped to start our Under-Socialized Kitten Foster Program. I am excited to be helping with the Marketing side of things but my passion really lies with helping to assess the kittens we can save. Seeing them go from afraid in the back of the kennel to licking baby food off my finger is an incredible feeling. We are going to do great things with this program and I am thrilled to be a part of the action!