Thursday, February 23, 2017

Where do our cats come from?

Feline Rescue cares for up to 70 cats at our shelter and over 150 in our foster program. Our mission is to provide safe shelter, veterinary care, and socialization for stray, abandoned, or abused cats until good permanent homes can be found for them. For almost 20 years now our volunteers have worked with community members, other shelters and animal control facilities to help cats.

Lisa had been adopted from Feline Rescue in 2006 and then returned
to our care in 2016. Feline Rescue always has room for our cats to
return to ensure they are cared for and safe for the rest of their lives.

Foster kittens Lilo and Stitch were transferred from a
regional humane society for medical care prior to being adopted.
Our cats are found homeless in garages, under decks or in backyards by people in the community.
Our cats are abandoned in our parking lot in bags, boxes, and carriers.

Berry was left on our front door step. She has been at our shelter
since October 2015 available for adoption.
Mittens was a stray kitten found by someone in the community. 
Our cats are taken in from other shelters or animal control facilities where they are at risk of being euthanized due to overcrowding, illness, injury. behavior or length of stay. Our cats have been rescued from hoarding situations.

Julliard's and Aberdeen's mom was pulled from a local animal
control facility by our shelter intake coordinator and moved to
foster care once we realized she was pregnant.
Our cats are newborn kittens, pregnant cats, young kittens, adult cats, cats with chronic health conditions and elderly cats. Many of the cats cared for at our shelter or in our foster homes are shy or scared when they first come to us. Many more come to us injured or ill.

Amelia was transferred from Red Lake Rosie's Rescue to recover from
a leg amputation. Feline Rescue has partnered with RLRR for years.
Feline Rescue has an amazing group of shelter and foster volunteers willing and able to work with these cats to regain their health, help them learn to trust people again and to acclimate to living indoors.

Bailey was very shy and untrusting when she arrived.
Cat whisperer Bill worked extensively with her on building confidence and trust.
Last year, we took in 1,189 cats (604 in Foster and 585 into the shelter) and we adopted out 1,096 (520 from Foster and 576 from the Shelter). These statistics reflect an increase of just under 50% over our 2015 results for both the intake and adoption of cats.

Our dedicated Outreach volunteers actively participate in spay and neuter advocacy in the community and cat retention program efforts including connecting cat owners with resources and providing access to litter, food, and other necessary cat supplies to enable cats to remain with their families. We offer low-cost alternatives to those who might not otherwise have the funds to alter cats. In addition, we work with the community and with other local rescue groups to prevent increases to the feral cat population. Last year, our Outreach volunteers assisted with the spay/neutering of 1045 cats, with 424 surgeries in the third quarter alone.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for all that you do! These cats are very lucky to have you all. :)


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