‘Rescues and shelters in our area are overwhelmed by kittens and stray cats right now. My newsfeed is filled with calls for help – for money, for fosters, for food, for more money. All of us are invested in making a safe life for the critters that end up in our care- whether we are a small rescue operating out of a few members’ homes, the county shelter, or a national organization.
I was in a neighborhood last night swarmed with stray cats and people were stopping me as I unloaded the traps asking about what I was doing. Some of them were sincerely interested, some of them laughed and told me I wasn’t going to make a difference, and some of them gave me ideas as to why the neighborhood was overrun- a neighbor with an unfixed female on her second litter, individuals getting cats off of Craigslist and not thinking to spay or neuter.
These are not bad people. They are doing the best they can with the circumstances they have. But we can do better by them. Get the cats fixed, educate, provide the final resource that means the difference between a friendly feral, who creates two or more litters a year, and a companion animal who is healthier, happier, and part of the solution to the overwhelming number of animals making their way to the rescues.
In an ideal world, all rescues would eventually close their doors because everyone takes the time to fix their animals. I would drink to that.
We don’t have quite that lofty a goal. Instead our focus when it comes to cats is to get as many of them fixed as quickly as possible. Get kittens off the street, socialize them, fix them, find them homes. Build relationships between our volunteers and the communities that are overrun with cats. Build relationships between those communities and those cats.
We are working towards a 0% growth within feral populations. The neighborhood I was in last night is going to take a lot of work. People are skeptical. They wonder what this is going to cost them. 0% is a huge goal, but it is not impossible. Can it be done this year? No. But in three years? Yes. It absolutely can.
Please donate to help us fulfill this mission. Every dollar makes a difference immediately, locally. We keep our overhead low by operating out of volunteer homes so more money goes right to the animals that need the help.’