The Pegasus Family Foundation Grant

Dr. Eric K. Butler and Ms. Suzanne L. Rocca-Butler, through The Pegasus Family Foundation, have been providing annual grants to the Cat Action Team since 2003.

These grants support spay/neuter clinics, emergency medical and surgical care of feral cats, as well as the adoption of healthy and adoptable cats in PEI.

Dr. and Ms. Butler also provide financial support for Feral Fridays, a spay/neuter clinic held on Fridays at the Atlantic Veterinary College.

The Pegasus Family Fund is an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Pegasus Grant:  July-October 2016

This grant was used for community cats needing to be spayed/neutered and treated in the western area of Prince County, in a concerted effort to quickly control the growth of colonies of cats reported in that area.  TNR efforts were targeted toward thirty-five new or existing colonies – eighty-two cats were helped.

Pegasus Grant:  September 2014 – March 2015

Trap-neuter-return of “community cats” (unowned stray, feral and barn cats) was targeted to one area of Prince Edward Island – Montague in Kings County.  Cats were brought to the Montague Veterinary Clinic by farmers as well as caretakers of colonies of cats.  Fifty-four cats – 27 males, 27 females – were examined, treated for intestinal parasites, vaccinated (feline rhinotracheitis, calici, panleukopenia viruses, chlamydia, rabies) and spayed or neutered.  The cats were picked up later in the day by those who brought them in and released in their territory 24-48 hours after their surgeries.

The Cat Action Team achieved its objective – to spay/neuter and treat as many colonies of cats as grant funds allowed.  There are now fifty-four cats in better health and no longer able to breed.  The farmers, caretakers and their community benefited from these cats receiving care.  Possibly as a result of these cats being helped, a company in the Montague area offered to build twenty-one drop traps to help the Cat Action Team in its work.  It was an unexpected, but most welcome, offer.

Pegasus Grant:  August – October 2013

Unowned outdoor cats from several communities were helped by the funds from this grant.  A total of 59 cats (38 females, 19 males) were treated, vaccinated, tattooed and spayed or neutered.  The Montague Veterinary Clinic, Kensington Veterinary Clinic and the Summerside Animal Hospital provided the needed services.

One of our goals was to ensure that whenever we trapped and neutered a colony, there were no unaltered males or females left that might reproduce again and neutralize the gains we had made. To that end, there were sometimes challenges in trapping the last remaining and elusive cat that remained unaltered. Our trappers were determined, however, and we were successful most of the time. A second challenge is that stray cats would sometimes appear in a colony that had been done, lost or abandoned by heartless owners who thought that dropping a cat off “in the country” was a good idea. We relied on our caregivers to notify us when this happened before those newly arrived strays could produce litters.

The project to spay, neuter, and vaccinate the stray, feral, and barn cats of PEI is ongoing. Although we are making progress, there is much left to do…

CanFel Foundation

Cat Action Team Banner BugIn late 2015, the Cat Action Team received a grant from the CanFel Foundation, which helped us (and continues to help us) reach out to communities throughout PEI via the various brochures and posters that were produced.

The brochures and posters helped to inform the public about the Cat Action Team and how we could assist with barn, feral or stray cats, provided information about the importance of spaying/neutering and not abandoning, and to connect with new volunteers and members.

The banners provide the Cat Action Team with more visibility at various venues and the Banner Bugs provide eye-catching information about our charitable organization.

Our thanks to the CanFel Foundation for providing us with this grant.


“The CanFel Foundation is a registered charity designated as a public foundation. It was established and generously funded by the late Sandra Bond in support of animal welfare.

Sandra Bond was a businesswoman who made her home in Guelph, Ontario. She was an early and passionate advocate for animal welfare; she particularly supported programs designed to instill humane values in children and spay and neuter programs designed to reduce the number of unwanted companion animals.”