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.

Adoption Program

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.

Feline Spay & Neuter Options

In addition to ensuring that all shelter cats and kittens are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, SFOF also provides spay & neuter surgeries (by appointment only) via our on-site Community Spay & Neuter Clinic.

Volunteer Program

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, our Shelter Operations Manager Carol Bradshaw and our team of highly skilled Veterinary Assistants who keep our operations 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.

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). 

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Foster 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 for more information about the kitten nursery.

FREE Feral & Community Cat Food & Litter 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 recently expired is ok) are accepted during normal business hours.