Faithful Friends was started in the year 2000 by a group of citizens who knew animals needed a voice. At that time 90% of the animals entering Delaware’s publicly funded shelters each year were euthanized. Faithful Friends has led the way to reform animal welfare in Delaware to create better protection for a companion in local shelters and in the home. Our state has come a long way over the past two decades, but there is still work to do!
Here is how you can help to make this world a kinder place for animals:
Write your local or U.S. legislator to support state or federal protections for animals.
Adopt animal-friendly practices at home by the transition to a vegetarian or vegan diet, buy cruelty-free products, look at animals through a new lens.
Become a Part of Faithful Friends:
General Volunteer Opportunities
Big hearts not required…but all our volunteers have them! Whether it’s working on site helping out at our shelter or working at off-site adoption centers, doing pet therapy, or helping to run a special event, we value your generous support.
To join our corps of volunteers, please read Opportunities and Requirements, then submit your application.
Specialized Volunteer Opportunities
PET: Program for Education & Training
Approved social service groups can partner with Faithful Friends for participants to receive life skills training at our shelter. Participants can perform a variety of tasks within our animal shelter, including clerical work, basic cat care, and laundry and dishwashing duties. If you are an administrator of a social service program and are interested in partnering with Faithful Friends, contact our Volunteer Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You and your pet visit people to offer the healing benefit of interacting with a friendly, trained pet. Complete a training session and a pet temperament evaluation. You must be comfortable working with the elderly and/or people of all ages with disabilities. Our program is in more than 50 facilities in Delaware. There is an annual fee for this program. Complete the Pet Therapy Application to get started.
Thank you for your interest in our Foster Program! We rely on the help of dedicated volunteers to care for pregnant dogs and cats and their babies, bottle babies (newborns), and animals with special medical or behavior changes. These animals need extra love, attention, and socialization which we can offer thanks to the support of temporary foster homes! While animals are in foster care, we provide all medical care, supplies, and food that is needed.
Our focus is on building a long-term relationship with our volunteers. Our priority for acceptance into our program will be volunteers who are willing to make a minimum commitment of 6 hours a month for 6 months.
Applicants under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian complete the application and accompany them to a Volunteer Orientation.
Volunteers ages 7–16 can volunteer WITH a parent or guardian in the following capacity: cat cuddler or enrichment (preparing Kongs, making cat toys, etc.), volunteering at off-site cat adoption centers, helping out certain events, organizing a pet food/supply drive at home.
Only volunteers 18 years of age or older are permitted to volunteer with dogs.
All pets in a volunteer’s home must have current vaccinations to avoid transferring illness.
All volunteer positions are subject to a Criminal Background check.
Volunteers are asked for a one-time $30.00 volunteer membership fee upon acceptance to help support our program costs and the overall mission of the organization.
Together, our voices will advance protections and justice for animals.
In 1999, a small group of Delaware citizens organized, calling themselves Citizens for the Protection and Care of Animals. They worked tirelessly to expose the mass mistreatment and killing of pets in Delaware’s publicly funded shelter. Their voices grew, they educated state legislators and the citizens of Delaware, and they partnered with local media to expose the injustice.
Thanks to community support, our collective voices, and through partnerships with other shelters, we successfully lead major legislative reforms which successfully reversed Delaware’s 90% kill rate.
But, we still have work to do! Today, our focus is on lifesaving and keeping pets with families and colony caretakers who love them. Cats have been left out of Delaware’s safety net for so long. Too many are being abandoned every day and cat colony caretakers are overwhelmed. Dogs who present with behavior challenges before or after entering shelters do not have full opportunities for a second chance at life. And many other animals face neglect, abuse, and exploitation.
We can and must do better.
Please help us with key initiatives and be a voice for the voiceless, our animal friends. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Meade
Ocean View Cat Feeding Ban
The town of Ocean View, DE put in place a new ordinance that states residents of the town cannot legally feed or care for feral cats. The town is considering “humanely euthanizing” these community cats in hopes of solving the problem when animal rights groups and rescues are willing to step in and help.
Feeding bans do not work. Trap-Neuter-Release does! If cats are removed/euthanized from a colony, it creates a vacuum, and new cats will move in and procreate, whereas a neutered feral cat, returned to its former location, keeps other unneutered cats out of its territory.
Nancy Ward of Cats Around Town in Ocean View stated, “I hope it will change. If feral cat colony caretakers stop feeding, we will have sick and hungry cats who are unvaccinated. That’s a big part of what we do. We make sure every cat has been vaccinated for rabies. But with this ordinance, now we’re going to have a whole generation — and three months is a generation for a cat — being more visible. You are going to see so many more cats now that are unvaccinated.”
Faithful Friends strongly urges the town of Ocean View to rescind its cat feeding ban ordinance as it is cruel and will not have the desired results. According to Jane Pierantozzi, Executive Director of Faithful Friends, “Feeding bans are archaic. They are a quick response to nuisance complaints, but are cruel and do not effectively address the problem. Organized TNR is the solution. We stand with Cats Around Town in protecting these cats.”
Do you have a success story with cat colonies and TNR? Would you be willing to write a letter stating how being a colony caretaker and utilizing TNR worked for you, your colony, and your community?
Please email the letters directly to Nancy Ward at email@example.com