Giving Back To Cats In Need
When I found and adopted my first cat Trooper, I began to learn the very sad plight of cats. The extreme over population of cats combined with a lack of forever homes. In Florida, kitten season is almost year round due to the warm weather.
I started to do some TNR, paying for it myself, but since then I've been able to find discounted rates and even sometimes "free" spay and neuter. When I moved into my current home, the neighborhood was over run with cats that needed to be spayed and neutered. I began feeding and setting traps and now things are under control. There are still the occasional stray that travels through but with some catnip and sardines, I can easily trap them.
I also have many friends who manage and feed colonies of cats. I never realized how many volunteers are in the trenches, feeding, trapping (sometimes in the middle of the night) and fostering these kitties and paying for the medical expenses, out of their own pockets, all while working full time jobs. For this reason I donate a % of my sales to these grassroots community volunteers. I also supply food for an elderly lady in my neighborhood, who is on a fixed income, feeding 15 cats.
One example of an amazing champion of cats is my friend Carmen, her instagram account is @animalfriendsproject Carmen has rescued so many sick kitties off the streets in south Florida, has brought them home and transformed them into healthy and many times adoptable cats. She pays for their food and medical expenses herself, she recently started a non profit and is happy for any donations, please check her account out, she has so many amazing before and after photos.
Getting help with medical expenses seems to be a neglected issue, while TNR is great if the cat is healthy, there is no help for feral cats that need medical attention before or after being neutered, these cats should not be released until they are healthy. I will continue to donate to shelters but will be focusing also on the grassroots rescue groups.
I have also partnered with Kitty Kasas and donate Sheer Fun toys to their monthly "Shelter Re do" where they pick a shelter or the home of a person who fosters kitties, and help them completely renovate their kitty area, donating beds, toys, cleaning products, litter etc.... Its a great way to show appreciation to these awesome care takers.
With every purchase please know you are helping a stray cat in need. I hope one day when my company grows, I''ll be able to make an even bigger impact.
(these are a few pictures of some of the cats I've TNR'd, fostered and adopted)