Sweet Souls Foundation is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
Since 2013 we have been striving to reduce overpopulation, end euthanasia, and promote adoptions.
Who We Are
In the fall of 2010, Sharyl McBride and Kathleen Hom moved into an apartment complex in Desert Hot Springs. Mother and daughter and longtime cat lovers, they were disturbed when they realized they were surrounded by many homeless animals. No one in the area seemed to care for these poor souls, so they knew they had to do something.
Our Mission is to give all cats and dogs a chance at life.
They started taking in the friendly animals and getting them spayed and finding them homes. They quickly realized however, that most of these animals were cats, and they were fearful of humans. They started researching and learned that many of these fearful cats were “feral” and had been abandoned by their owners left to reproduce, and resort back to their wild roots. They saw poor, starving mother cats having litters upon litters of kittens in the middle of the dirt fields. They saw kittens drying from the brutal and excessive heat of the desert. They tried to help them by giving them food and fresh water daily and even building them shelters but they needed to do something even greater to help them. That is when they discovered TNR, what is known as Trap-Neuter-Release.
Over the next year they implemented the TNR program and had fixed all of the adult cats in their complex. This dramatically reduced the number of homeless cats and effectively ended the kitten crisis in their complex. However, just outside their complex, they realized every other apartment complex on that street had the same problem, some even greater in numbers. So, they set out again to help these free roaming cats. They continued to TNR throughout their neighborhood, while taking in any friendly or adoptable animals. As, they continued to do this, more and more people were calling them asking for help with cats in their neighborhood. Within a few years, they had begun TNR in many other cities in Southern California.
In addition to their TNR efforts, they took in friendly homeless animals and got them the vet care they required to become adoptable.
Get to know us
TNR stands for Trap-Neuter-Return, a program which is designed to reduce the number of homeless animals and unnecessary euthanasia by spaying and neutering “community cats”. Please visit our TNR page for more information.
Sweet Souls Foundation