Champion for Cats

Rick DuCharme has created a groundbreaking, innovative model that may save millions of cats.

By Cimeron Morrissey

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Tall, barrel-chested Rick DuCharme doesn’t look, sound or act like your typical cat hero. When announcers at animal welfare conferences use words such as “cat savior” and “vanguard” to describe the founder of Jacksonville, Fla.’s revolutionary Feral Freedom program, the attendees are surprised to see 44-year-old DuCharme walk on stage.

When his voice booms into the microphone and he says that his groundbreaking program is saving thousands of felines and could save millions more around the country, he turns heads.

But DuCharme insists that it’s the results of his innovative and life-saving efforts that should be in the spotlight, and he prefers to let the numbers do the talking: Since August 2008, his Feral Freedom program has saved more than 8,000 feral cats (also known as community cats) that would have otherwise been euthanized, it saves the city of Jacksonville $150,000 annually, and it has helped increase the adoption rate of shelter cats by 50 percent.

**Get the June 2010 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

8/8/2011 11:04:41 AM

Here are the resource listings at the end of the article: For more information on First Coast No More Homeless Pets call 866-580-7729 or visit www.fcmhp.org. To learn more about creating a Feral Freedom program in your own community, contact Rick DuCharme at : rducharme@fcnmhp.org

SD    Gig Harbor, WA

8/5/2011 2:47:25 PM

For shame! Cat Fancy should share the entire article online AND contact information for important innovative programs! What good does it do to give a teaser - this is self serving, to make you buy the magazine, rather than being sincerely in the best interest of animal welfare. I wanted to share this with a local Humane Society that was really interested when It old them about it - and now I can't give them the whole article! For shame!

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