November 2019 – Winter Greetings!
This year is shaping up as one of the busiest ever for our cat rescue volunteer group. We often think the need to rescue cats and kittens will somehow slow down. However, despite public education and spay/neuter efforts throughout our community, the need grows each year. As of Nov. 1, we’ve rescued 580 cats and placed 424 of them into forever homes. I get emotional just thinking about it! And so, by necessity, Cat Rescue & Adoption Network (CRAN) must also grow with this staggering need.
To that end, I come to you this holiday season with humility, asking that you once again open your hearts and give what you can for the cats and kittens in our care. Fill out the form on the back of this letter and send it in using the enclosed return envelope. (The kitties will thank you for it!)
So, what exactly does CRAN do? Here are just a couple stories, from literally hundreds, about our lucky CRAN cats and the extraordinary efforts of our volunteers and foster families, all made possible by your generosity.
Sweet Fantine is an adult beauty who came to CRAN when her caretaker died and left several cats in the house, including two females with two separate litters of kittens, and two other adults.
Fantine (at left) and her five babies were lovingly fostered until they were ready for adoption. Along the way, a severe heart murmur was discovered which made her spay surgery both complicated and expensive. Thanks to the wonderful care received from CRAN volunteers and our veterinary partners, Fantine is living a happy, contented life in her new, forever home.
Forrest (below) was just a few days old when he, his mom and sister were rescued from the streets. He became very ill and fought hard for his life. From vet visit to vet visit, antibiotic treat-ment to antibiotic treatment, medicated nebulizer treatments to steamy showers, sub-Q fluids and bottle feedings . . . all of this care leading, at last, to a healthy and thriving kitten. If left out on the streets, he would not have made it.
Thanks to the CRAN medical fund, we were able to pursue multiple vet visits and treatment so Forrest could thrive. He and his sister, Astoria, have since found their loving, forever home.
Fantine and Forrest aren’t responsible for their predicaments
– we are. The suffering caused by neglect, abandonment and irresponsible care (not spaying or neutering) is devastating and . . .it’s not their fault.
We couldn’t do any of this without you.
Our 2019 budget is $199,000 of which $140,000 (70%) goes directly for medical care.
As an all-volunteer non-profit, no-kill cat rescue group, we receive no public funding and have no paid staff. And look what we’re accomplishing!
65% ($135,000) of our income comes from donations and grants. 35% from Adoption fees. Yes, it’s a lot (tell me about it.) As you can see, the need is great, and your compassion is greater!
On another front:
CRAN TLC is almost a reality! Our new medical rehabilitation and ringworm treatment facility is coming together after nearly two years. Remember please, this is not a shelter facility per se – it’s a place where cats can be cared for and returned to health. It’s been a very long journey and it is happening! We’ll keep you informed as to when we will have the grand opening.
“What else can I do?” I’m glad you asked!
Here are some ideas to start:
- Sign up for monthly giving – It’s easy, just go CatRescues.org and click on Donate
- Volunteer – We need about 300 people to meet the needs of all these little bundles of joy. We have 200+ now.
- Foster – Since we are a “foster based” rescue group, we need your help with temporary homes.
- Hold a Facebook fundraiser in lieu of birthday, holiday gift or just because.
- Sign up for Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer rewards CRAN gets a small piece of each sale.
- Think about donating that stock you’ve been holding for years without much success.
- Be creative! Maybe you could make and sell birdhouses or blankets or have a bake sale or ?
Our CRAN kitties are worth it. Knowing you are helping to find homes for hundreds of cats and kittens every year will warm your heart on these foggy, winter days. Seeing the pictures of the kitties with their forever families is priceless. Join us!
Have a Happy and Joyous Holiday!