How do MHS cats come to our organization? Surrenders When people can no longer care for their cats, for whatever reason, we try to help by doing courtesy postings on our website or taking the cat to one of our foster homes. There they are assessed and put up for adoption if they are ready. Trap and Rescue Many people call us with sightings of cats outside who are malnourished, hurt, or living in dangerous conditions,. Many of these cats have kittens who are born in the community. Our volunteers spend hours in any weather to rescue these little ones and moms. When, and if, they are ready we put them in our cat rooms at the pet stores, and on our website. Sometimes they stay in the foster home until adoption. Other rescue organizations We have built relationships with other rescues and when they have too many kittens or cats, we make arrangements to transport them to our foster homes to eventually be adopted through our Humane Society. Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Some cats come to us temporarily as they may refuse human interaction. We call them community cats. Many of these cats form colonies near a food source, such as a grocery store, restaurant or construction site. They exist together in harsh conditions. With the kindness of the community and our volunteers we help to make their lives more comfortable by providing food and shelter and medical monitoring. We trap them to have them spayed or neutered and immunized, and return them to where they feel comfortable in their natural habitat. This work is extremely valuable as, we not only make life better for the animals, but the neutering and spaying of those animals helps to stop the cycle of pregnancies and vulnerable babies.