You might notice a new button on the sidebar of my blog page. A yellow “Donate” button. Or you might not have noticed it till I pointed it out. Either way, it’s there!
The purpose behind this button is to raise money to neuter/spay rescue felines, most of them taken out of shelters such as King’s County in Fresno before they’re euthanized. Sadly, local shelters have recently changed their policies so they won’t do the low cost spay/neuters for the public for kittens under 4 months old. This creates a huge problem as the rescue shelters won’t take the kittens unless they’re fixed. This means we have to go through private vet hospitals, which charge a helty fee: $100-$200 or more, depending on gender.
For our friend and fellow feline rescuer (think Harriet Tubman, except with kitties) Mo, this means she is currently stuck with five kittens and their mother in her bathroom because the mother cat is so protective, she attacks any other animals she sees (including Mo’s very gentle dog). Her other ‘quarantine’ room is currently occupied with teenagers we’re trying to find homes for.
We work with organized non-profit rescues, but do not belong to them ourselves. We’re looking into getting non-profit status, but it takes a while and given the glut of cats and kittens currently in shelters, with constant distress calls for help from the people running them, we don’t have time to wait. M has spent thousands of dollars of her own money on medical care and spay/neuters for countless felines when the promised help from rescue groups (also overwhelmed) fell through. We can get these kittens to a no-kill adoption center when they’re fixed, but we’re looking at $1,000 minimum to get all five kittens done. The other option is to have them in M’s bathroom for another two and a half months, which reduces the odds of getting them adopted. Most people want, as our friend Aldyth puts it, ‘little bitties.’ We are also, btw, actively looking for good homes with people we know will get the babies fixed and be responsible parents!
In the meantime, we’ve set up a PayPal donation button on my account specifically to fund getting this batch of kittens fixed. If anyone is inclined to give us grief because we are not an official non-profit, please remember it’s people like us (especially M!) that shoulder much of the time, responsibility, and money for rescue animals when the groups are full up or run out of money. We also take on the grief when kittens who come to us ill from their short time in the shelters end up dying, despite our best care.
I’ve attached pictures of the kids and their mom (who is being spayed this Wednesday). The white one is Mugatu. Points to anyone who knows where the name comes from! If you are in the Bay Area and know of anyone looking to adopt or even foster, please send them my way! Or, if you know someone who can spare a few dollars for a good cause and you can vouch for my integrity, it would be greatly appreciated!
The local animal shelter where I live is fortunately no-kill. And- they won’t release the kittens for adoption until they’re above a certain weight- which means after they’ve passed the itty bitty stage.
Oh, and one small donation has been made for the cause. Good luck.
Such adorable babies. I so wish times were better for us so we could donate something now. But the wolves are prowling outside at the moment. As soon as we can get clear I will be more than happy to send something via PayPal. Thank you for sharing. LOL. 🙂
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i wish i lived in the bay area! we want another baby around the house to keep my child (cat) company…
i will definitely share the link & donate, too. i think it’s amazing what you all do for the felines.
Susan saw the pics and just melted. Turns out we CAN contribute something anyway. Tne unusual name couldn’t have anything to do with fashion designer Jacobim Mugatu, could it? I think it’s great. After all we named our new boys Mongkut and Chulalongkorn. (Hey, they’re siamese breeds!)
You guys are wonderful. Seriously. I know times are tight for everyone and I can’t tell you how much those of us in “Rogue” appreciate this. M has seriously spent upwards of ten grand on her fosters and has helped us out when we’ve adopted her babies. Thank you…
Jack, originally named for the Mugatu in Star Trek! The white furry critter with the horn that poisoned Kirk with its claws. The fashion designer is named after HIM! 🙂
Wonderful photos! I can only donate a little something but a little something I shall donate.
I wish you guys would get non-profit status, that would be very very cool!
We are working on the non-profit status….and you have contributed by adopting Ghost, who is one of the King County shelter kitties! Plus you paid to get her fixed!
Well, as I started this donation idea, I guess it’s time for me to pony up a little. I’m sorry it can’t be more. I wish you great good luck with this, and am sending positive energy to those kittens and their beautiful mother.
Lois, it’s a wonderful idea, so thank you both for the inspiration and the donation! And the rhyme there. 🙂