Most of society is unaware of the truths we may know in the rescue world as common knowledge. I'd like to share what I've learned so far, in hopes it inspires you to get involved. If you have any questions please send me a e-mail.
#1 - IT DOESN'T HAVE TO COST YOU A PENNY!
Unable to pay for fostering? No problem! Most established rescues will provide you with all training, supplies, and medical care needed. Along with fosters they give you food, litter, bowls, litter box, toys, etc. If they aren't already fixed, they will schedule and pay for spay and neuter. This means that fostering can cost you nothing, except maybe a little time, a small space in your home, and a lot of love. What's better than saving lives for free?
#2 - NO-KILL SHELTERS ACTUALLY KILL
There's no such thing as no-kill. Here's how it works: If a shelter euthanizes less than 10% of the animals they take, they are considered no-kill. If they take in 10,000 animals, they can kill 1,000 and still be considered no-kill. Even though you may be surrounded by no-kill shelters, the chances are they still euthanize underage and under-socialized kittens. 99% of my fosters came from euthanasia lists. Open admission means they aren't allowed to deny animals. If they're at max capacity and thirty cats come in, thirty cats currently in care must be killed in order to make room. Shelters don't openly share this information with the public for fear of backlash. The truth is, it isn't the shelters fault. Most of them are underfunded, understaffed, and overwhelmed. This is why they need our help. To find out if fosters are needed in your area contact local shelters and rescues. If you need help, reach out through my contact tab and I'd be happy to help find one in need.
#3 - THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO BE INVOLVED
If you can't foster there are still other ways you can help save lives. Donating funds and/or supplies is crucial to the longevity of rescue efforts. There are no rescuers out there making money, we all lose money doing this. Our money only takes us so far. We have jobs, families, bills, and lives outside of rescue. If you can't afford to make a cash or supply donation, you can collect lightly used items. Shelters and rescues are always in need of things like towels, blankets, kennels etc. Start a donation drive in your town or neighborhood. nstead of asking for birthday presents, have everyone donate whatever amount they can. Use social media platforms like Facebook and Nextdoor to let people know what you're doing. You'd be surprised at how many will jump at the chance to help if it's as simple as donating old towels. Maybe you could take photos of kittens ready for adoption or that need immediate rescue. Most shelters don't have resources to pay an employee to network. The people that notify us of kitties in need of rescuing are volunteers not employees. Get involved in educating and advocating for TNR and spay-and-neuter programs. This is the root problem. We can't rescue faster than they breed.
#4 - IT'S GOOD FOR THE SOUL
Rescue is the most fulfilling and heart warming experience. Although it can be time consuming and heartbreaking, it's worth it to know you're saving lives. To be honest, it's not always rainbows and cupcakes. But it will give you a sense of community and purpose. Once you know what it feels like to save a life, it can make other problems seem obsolete. It gives you a deeper appreciation for your own life and helps you focus on what really matters. Not to mention all the cuddles, purrs, kisses, and love you'll receive from your fosters.
Reason #4 - IF YOU DON'T, WHO WILL?
A lot of people think that this isn't a growing issue, that there's plenty of people stepping up to rescue, foster, and donate. They couldn't be more wrong about that. While the number of fosters or rescuers may be on the rise, healthy cats and kittens are still euthanized every singe day. In fact 1.4 MILLION cats are killed every single year. Alone it feels impossible to make a impact on these numbers, but the more of us out there trying, the better chance they will have.
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