Mentoring Program

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society’s
Mentoring Program for Free-Roaming Cats, 2012-2016

One of MRFRS’s most innovative initiatives was the mentoring of animal welfare organizations around the U.S. who are seeking to grow and fund their free-roaming cat spay/neuter programs.

The original MRFRS mentoring program, supported by PetSmart Charities, ran from 2012-2015, and assisted over 50 organizations in launching pilot Trap/Neuter/ Return programs and obtaining grants for additional work from PetSmart Charities. More than 9,350 cats in 15 states were assisted during this phase of the program.

The final program in 2016 shifted focus to a “primer grant program” for grass-roots feline welfare organizations with a budget of $60,000 or less. Groups accepted to the program were required to complete a new fundraiser, with funds raised (up to $1000 per group) matched by MRFRS, thanks to a grant from the Red Acre Foundation. Eleven groups in seven states participated in this program, all reached their fundraising goal, and the dollars raised will result in over 900 cats being spayed/neutered.

MRFRS is not currently offering this program. If your organization is looking for mentoring-type support, we recommend that you check out the Community Cats Podcast’s Community Cats Grants page and/or email Stacy LeBaron at


2015-16 “Primer Grant Program” Participants:

Elkhart County Feral Cat Coalition, TN
Feral Advocates and Trappers, MA
Feral Feline Friends of East TN, TN
Friends of Feral Felines, ME
Here Today Adopted Tomorrow, MA
John R. Hamil Animal Wellness Foundation, TN
Marty’s Cat Rescue, MA
Salem County Humane Society, NJ
Willy’s Kitty Angels, MA
Spay Neuter of the Desert Society, CA
Classy Cats, TX
Randolph SPCA, NC

HSUS 2016 Expo: From Zero to Hero

Presented by Stacy LeBaron, MRFRS, and Karen Little, ACA
HSUS 2016 PowerPoint Presentation
Targeted Free-Roaming Cat Worksheet
Budget Template

Special thanks to our Spay/Neuter Tutor Organizations: