This year’s theme is “The Evolution of the Cat Revolution”.
Marcy: What the heck does that mean?
Cynthia: It means that cat rescue outreach, TNR (spay/neuter/return), and Spay/Neuter clinics are growing!
More feral cats are being helped by ordinary people, rescue volunteers, shelters working with rescue groups, and big corporations like PetSmart giving out grant money than ever before!
Cynthia: According to Alley Cat Allies, “In the last decade, the number of local governments with official policies endorsing TNR has increased tenfold, with hundreds of cities and towns successfully carrying out TNR programs.”
penelope kitten (squeaking): yay yay!
Cynthia: So amazing! But…
penelope kitten: uh oh.
Cynthia: We still have a long way to go. Far too many cats are still getting killed at our shelters due to lack of space. Too many feral cats are giving birth.
penelope kitten: no no.
Cynthia: All is not hopeless! Look at the progress made! We need to keep going!
penelope kitten: how how?
Cynthia: Here’s what is needed and what any person who wants to help can do. And, as we say in animal rescue – Nothing Is Too Small!
- Donate Money. So easy but so needed. Money helps with vaccines, spay/neuter costs, transportation costs, flea medication, emergency vet costs, etc. Donate to animal shelters, local 501c3 rescue groups, or that one individual who TNR’s in your neighborhood but is not affiliated with a group.
- Donate Cat Food. Many cat rescues need food donations to help the feral colony caregivers take care of their colonies.
- Donate your Time. Participate in cat rescue outreach efforts – help at a spay/neuter clinic – help with transporting animals to and from clinics and adoption events.
- Become a kitten foster parent. More foster availability means that when a feral cat colony is being TNR’d and kittens are discovered – those kittens can be taken off the street and socialized and then put up for adoption.
Cynthia: Just think lovely readers – if no one had helped that cute cat sitting by your side, your cat may well have ended up a feral cat!
penelope kitten: no no!
Cynthia: It’s true, Penelope. For example, if I found you even two weeks later than I did – you would have been too wild to tame and you would be living your life on the street instead of in a comfy house with unlimited food and water and love!
Marcy: Oh great. Here come the lectures on how lucky we are. Blah blah blah…
Cynthia: You two are so lucky!
Marcy and penelope kitten: Yeah yeah. We know!
Marcy’s shelter picture:
Penelope Kitten (so scared) with her sister shortly after being trapped: