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Operation Hood is a volunteer-based group that depends on the dedication and time of others to assist and support our TNR (Trap, Neuter, RETURN) Program. We depend on community support for funding to assist with the TNR costs and veterinary care of the cats who were rescued from Hood Drive, and currently reside within the sanctuary area we refer to as “The Fence”.
We have an influx of requests for various TNR (Trap, Neuter, RETURN) projects. Many requests ask that we remove the cats from the area or if we can take them in at the Fence. The Fence currently is occupied by cats that were rescued from Hood Drive and is at capacity, therefore we are not able to take in cats at this time. We are aware there are circumstances in which a cat can not be returned to the area it was trapped due to various reasons therefore we have provided a link from the Humane Society a list of resources for the Virginia area that may be helpful. Link: http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/maps/feral-cat-groups/feral_cats_list.html
We are able to assist with trapping of cats, having them spayed/neutered (as funding allows) and then RETURN them to the location they were trapped where a caretaker will resume with providing shelter, water and food daily. If you would like to assist with our TNR Program please submit a volunteer application. Or if you would like to donate a monetary donation towards our TNR efforts your support would be greatly appreciated! Consider volunteering and making a difference in the lives of the community cats in our area!
Operation Hood began its rescue efforts along Hood Drive nearly 2 years ago. On January 2, 2016, a group of animal welfare volunteers accessed the Hood property, which we now refer to as “The Hood”. The conditions in which the cats lived were horrid as many experienced intense suffering. There was little to no shelter from the bitter cold, food was scarce, and disease and the stench of feces and urine filled the colony.
We ask that those persons visiting our site, please take a few minutes to look at the photos that have been taken by Operation Hood volunteers. We believe they are good representation of the devastation that these cats experienced each day on Hood Drive.
One Journey Ends, Another Begins
Operation Hood celebrated our 2nd anniversary on January 2nd and would like to take a moment to give an update on where we are today with our journey on Hood Drive. As many of you are aware, the situation when we began was an enormous undertaking. With help from dedicated volunteers, the support of the community, and cooperation of the land owner, we were able to trap and relocate the cats from Hood Drive to a non-disclosed location referred to as “The Fence.” The Fence is maintained by volunteers that care for the cats daily; feeding and maintaining the area in which the cats reside.
Back in October 2016, we were informed by the land owner that we needed to remove the remaining cats from the property at Hood Drive, and at that time put out a plea to the community asking for help. The response was positive and uplifting to know others felt as compassionate about the cause. Once we determined the number of cats remaining was not as large as we first thought, we began trapping and relocating the cats to the Fence. There was much to consider with the choice of relocating the cats as the colder months were quickly approaching and getting the Fence ready for winter was our main focus, along with trapping and removing the remaining cats from the Hood. Although our journey at the Hood has come to a close, some have already found forever homes, and we will continue the search for the others who remain within the Fence.
As we close one chapter we begin another. We have been asked what Operation Hood will do now that the cats at Hood Drive have been removed? We plan to continue to monitor the area of Hood Drive until the property is sold and developed with the permission of the current land owner. Operation Hood is focusing on re-homing cats within the Fence enclosure, working with community outreach programs through our local shelters, educating the public on TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) while assisting with TNR within our community, and educating others on how to get involved and make a difference. Over the past year Operation Hood has helped with hoarding situations taking in cats that have since found forever homes, spoke to girl scout troops, attended a summer program at a local school speaking to students about TNR and the importance of volunteering within your community to make a difference as well as assisted local residents who have requested help involving community cats.
Operation Hood has many areas that need volunteer support such as assisting with Cat Care at local pet stores, assisting with fundraising events, fostering cats, assisting with cat transports, colony feeders, and social media support. If you are looking for an opportunity to give back and want to make a difference, consider volunteering to help the cats of Operation Hood and our community. Go to our “How can I Help” tab on our page and submit a volunteer application. A representative will contact you to discuss ways you can make a difference!
AT A GLANCE
Operation Hood Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charity registered with the IRS and the Virginia Department of Consumer Affairs.
Combined Funding Campaign CFC# 66744 Z032 National Capital Area Northern Virginia CFC Zone