Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about The GNHCP. If you have any questions that aren't answered here, feel free to Contact Us

Can I foster any of the cats at GNHCP?

We only allow volunteers at GNHCP to foster cats, since many of our cats require specific care and a consistent environment. 

How can I get involved with volunteering at the GNHCP?

Go to the Volunteering section of the Support GNHCP page to download and fill out our Volunteer Application. As always, feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions about the process. 

Why is the adoption screening form so long?

The adoption screening forms allows us to ensure that the cats are going to stable, cat-appropriate homes where they can thrive. 

What are your hours? can I stop by and visit?

Visiting hours at the GNHCP main building and shelter are by appointment only. If you are interested in meeting the cats or speaking with a volunteer, please Contact Us! Even though you may see lights on in the building you will still need to make an appointment to visit. 

How do I get involved with or support the GNHCP?

You can support us via donations, by attending events, or volunteering. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Screening Form!

Are feral and outdoor cats wild animals?

Often times, feral and outdoor cats are a result of abandoned family pets or irresponsible pet ownership with unaltered cats. Feral cats are a member of the domestic cat species, and are protected by anti-cruelty laws. They live outdoors – and should remain outdoors since they are not trusting of humans.  Once neutered, they can be just as healthy as indoor pet cats.

GNHCP works with feral cat caregivers to provide instruction and resources for proper feeding, sheltering and monitoring of a colony.

What is the benefit of returning spayed and neutered cats to a colony rather than just removing them?

Most important is breaking the cycle of reproduction; the population stabilizes, i.e. becomes “managed.” The colony size diminishes over time and no new cats will join the colony. The benefits of having a healthy, stable cat population are still there (pest control, herd immunity with vaccinated cats), but no new cats enter or are born into the colony. 

If the cats were simply removed, a new, unaltered colony would move in, leading to a net increase of cats. This is referred to as the “vacuum” effect. You can learn more about feral cat colonies at AlleyCat Allies.