The Community Cats Coalition Serving Ventura County (CCCVC) is a coalition of cat rescues, animal shelters, non-profit foundations, veterinarians, and individual advocates working together to address the overpopulation of feral or community cats in Ventura County. Ventura County Animal Services is proud to be the lead agency for this coalition as well as an agency who provides spay/neuter services. Other members of this coalition include:
- Animal Clinic of Oak View
- Canine Adoption and Rescue League (CARL)
- Cat’s Cradle Rescue
- Herman Bennett Foundation
- Humane Society of Ventura County
- Mercy Crusade Spay Neuter Clinic
- McNeil Veterinary Services
- Pink Paws
- Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC)
- Simi Valley Non-Profit Spay and Neuter Clinic
- Somis Veterinary Hospital
- Spay & Neuter Animal Network
- Ventura County Animal Services
- Ventura Veterinary Hospital
The following information was taken from the Community Cats Coalition serving Ventura County’s website: http://cccsvc.mystrikingly.com
We wish to educate and empower the community to advocate for every cat’s right to a safe, healthy and valued existence as listed in the “Five Freedoms”. The Five Freedoms are:
- Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor
- Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
- Freedom to express (most) normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind
- Freedom from fear and distress.
We recognize and support the Ventura County feral cat coalition members. We hope to improve the lives of feral and homeless cats living in Ventura County by humanely stopping their breeding through Trap-Neuter- Return (TNR). We promote long-term solutions regarding unsocialized, feral cats. We care for and adopt out tame cats and kittens to loving homes.
- Recognize all feral cat supporters and facilitate their work by providing a communication network and support resources.
- Project a strong unifying voice for the community cat coalition and their colonies.
- Recruit to increase membership.
- Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) of feral cats to reduce overpopulation.
- Provide needed medical care for feral cats.
- Foster and rehabilitate feral born kittens.
- Find permanent homes for adoptable rescued cats and kittens.
- Operate a feral cat “hotline” to assist the community with their feral cat issues.
- Offer free trap rentals and instructions to residents wishing to spay and neuter community cats.
- Positively influence and educate the public about the plight of stray and feral cats, the need to spay/neuter and microchip pets, and responsible care and treatment of animals.
- Work with and educate property decision makers and governmental agencies in appropriate and humane solutions for feral cats.
- Organize large scale on-site TNR projects.
- Fundraise and apply for grant funds.
- Implement and manage any additional programs that will benefit the constituencies we serve.
Their Core Philosophies:
- Feral cats and kittens have a right to live and to be humanely treated.
- Trap-Neuter-Return(TNR) is the proven method to control the feral cat population.
- Adult cats, where the home site is not safe or available, should be relocated to appropriate places or sanctuaries.
- Potentially adoptable kittens should be taken from their colonies to continue their lives in adoptive homes.
- Feral colonies should be monitored, treated medically when needed and provided food and fresh water.
- CCC-VC members deserve respect and understanding.
Constituencies They Serve
Our constituencies encompass the Community Cat Coalition members primarily, but also include animal enthusiasts, animal rights advocates, property owners and local government agencies. Our purpose is to work together with all concerned persons who are willing to be involved in solving this most pressing problem of community cat overpopulation.