About Us

Mission: Giving Cats and Kittens a Second Chance at Life (LYFF)

Based in North San Diego County, California, Love Your Feral Felines strives to live by our mission through our many life saving programs.  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 a non-profit animal rescue 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.

In 2020, Love Your Feral Felines was selected as the “Best Charity” Winner in the San Diego’s Best Union-Tribute Reader’s Poll.

In mid-2021, Love Your Feral Felines opened its own adoption center in Vista! Opening our own cage-free adoption facility has been a long-time goal of ours and we are so excited to see this dream becoming a reality. Adoption center visits are by adoption appointment only at this time. 

In 2021, Love Your Feral Felines was selected as the “Best Charity” Winner for the second year in a row in the San Diego’s Best Union-Tribute Reader’s Poll!

Please note our mission is to help cats and kittens in the local shelters system so we cannot accept owner surrenders of cats or kittens at this time.

Find out more about our programs by clicking the links below:

Meet the Team

Christine Hubbard

Founder

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.

Melissa

Melissa Dunaj

Senior Director

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.  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 Cat & Kitten Foster & Adoption Program and will continue our life-saving work through our other, more developed programs as well. We learn something new everyday in rescue and we hope to continue to make a positive difference in the world.

Contact: lyffseniordirector@outlook.com

Sean

Sean Berger

Social Media Coordinator

We adopted our first cat, Binx, in March 2015. She was a 6 month rescue and had been saved in such bad shape that she had unfortunately lost most of her hearing. Although now mostly deaf, she is an otherwise very healthy, sassy and happy cat who is spoilt and lives a very content life! Our second cat was also a rescue and although Diego didn’t have quite the same level of trauma as Binx did as he was rescued with his whole litter, in both cases someone was there and took time out of their lives to save our precious kitties. I often think that because someone put in that effort with our cats and because of the kindness in someone’s heart, we now have two amazing and truly unique cats who make our lives so much more rewarding. If I can help save even one cat through LYFF like someone did when they took the time to save our cats, it’ll be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life!

Contact: lyffsocialmedia@gmail.com

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Sally Church

Adoption Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

Jen with kitten

Jennifer Liu

Foster Coordinator

I have been an animal (and especially cat) lover all of my life and began working in Rescue in August of 2018. Love Your Feral Felines opened their arms to me and it quickly felt like home. From the beginning, I knew LYFF was the organization who I wanted to spend my time with. And the more I volunteered, the more I saw truly how much these animals need our help and how rewarding each and every adoption is. LYFF works to end the cycle through its many programs and I am proud to be apart of such a forward-thinking team.

Melissa C with cat

Melissa Catellier

Admissions Coordinator

I started volunteering for Love Your Feral Felines in July of 2018, after adopting our cat and realizing that there was more I could do to help those in need. My favorite aspect of working with LYFF is seeing the kitties through the whole process: from picking them up at the shelter, loving them while they are here, sending them off to their forever homes, and getting updates on how amazing they are doing. It’s been a truly rewarding experience and am so happy to be a part of this team.

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