Services & Programs
With support from donors, volunteers, and community partnerships we work hard to deliver programs and services that will improve the lives of cats and the people who care for them.
Salem Friends of Felines is a limited-admission feline only shelter. Animal surrenders are done by appointment only and walk-in surrenders are not possible at this time.
In order to provide excellent medical care, quality food, comfortable housing and an optimal chance at adoption, we must limit the number of cats and kittens we accept into our organization.
Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Voucher Program
In addition to ensuring that all shelter cats and kittens are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, SFOF also provides the community with a low-cost spay and neuter voucher program. Low-cost vouchers are limited to individuals on government assistance.
A dedicated group of over 200 volunteers work together daily to improve the lives of the cats and kittens of SFOF. These volunteers contribute their time, knowledge, and skills in many different ways… from sorting vintage clothing in the thrift store, to socializing with timid kitties just arriving, our volunteers are truly valued and make an enormous impact within our organization.
On-Site Veterinary Care
One of our core values at Salem Friends of Felines is to provide excellent veterinary care to the cats and kittens we serve. Our medical care team includes our shelter veterinarian Dr. Heather Sapp, our Executive Director, Chelsey Marks, CVT and a team of trained volunteer Veterinary Assistants who keep our operation running smoothly. Our adoption center features an on-site surgical suite, a private intake/exam room, and an isolation ward with a separate entrance/exit to help limit cross-contamination or spread of contagious feline diseases within the shelter.
Thanks to generous contributions from our donors and the expertise of our medical staff, we are now able to perform surgeries for our adoption program cats and kittens right here at SFOF! The following medical procedures can be performed on site by our medical care team; soft tissue surgeries (including limb and tail amputations), urethral unblocking procedures and emergency eye surgery, including enucleations (eye removal).
Currently, we are unable to offer any medical care or surgeries to cats or kittens that are not in our adoption program.
Our foster program recruits volunteer cat parents to provide a temporary home for kittens too young for adoption or too vulnerable to be safely housed at the shelter. Once they are ready for adoption, foster kittens move from foster homes and into the adoption center to be viewed by the public. Foster homes are a vital part of our organization and make it possible for us to save more lives. We are proud to be partnering with Lion Heart Nursery, a 501(c)3 non-profit rescue in Salem. Lion Heart provides the 24-7 bottle feeding and critical care that our neonates require to be able to grow to be strong and healthy kittens. Please visit https://lionheartnursery.com/ for more information about the kitten nursery.
The Thrift Store at Salem Friends of Felines accepts new and gently used household items, decor and clothing to raise funds that support our adoption program. We also offer online sales via eBay and Poshmark, these sites are full of unique, fashionable, and high-end clothing/accessories with new items added daily.
FREE Feral Food Bank
SFOF provides dry cat food to community members feeding feral cat colonies. The availability is limited to stock on hand and is first come, first serve. Donations of any brand of cat food (opened or expired is ok) are accepted during normal business hours.