This coming week, several of our long-time foster cats are being placed in a sanctuary called Cat House on the Kings; additionally, we hope to place even more at Fat Kitty City in the near future. These are just two of many similar places popping up around the country that take in cats and dogs (and possibly other pets as well) when their owners—or in our case, foster homes— can no longer care for them. We need these facilities now more than ever.
Not that long ago we were abound in farms and nurseries that would happily take a few cats to control the vermin population, but those are growing smaller in number all the time. When we are faced with a cat who cannot be adopted due to a chronic ailment, or one that despite living its whole life indoors has reverted to feral we are at a loss as to what to do. We face the same with the harder-to-adopt black cats, those that come to us already middle-aged, and those who require a special diet. So, what do we do?
Mostly we keep them; they become our permanent fosters. I don’t think there is a single member of Purrfect Cat who does not count a former foster cat among their household. I’ve only been doing this for three years and I already have a group of my own. But sometimes we just can’t do it anymore. If every kitten season you end up with just one cat that can’t be adopted, a decade later you’ll have two or three litters worth. That doesn’t leave much room for the fosters still to come.
That’s the situation we are facing and that is what forced us to make this decision, with great reluctance I might add. These animal sanctuaries feed, house, and medically treat all their animals for life. A paid staff, property taxes on the sanctuary, food, litter, medications, vet bills . . . This costs them a lot, and therefore costs those sending animals there a lot. We’re talking $1,500 a cat at the bare minimum.
For us to spend essentially all the money we made during our Maddie’s Adoptathon weekend on a single group of cats is not a decision we take lightly; we do see it as essential, though, to our being able to properly care for this years kittens and get them adopted in a timely fashion. As always, I can think of dozens of reasons for people to spay and neuter their cats and dogs, but as I watch our small group write a check for forty or fifty thousand dollars to place these unwanted cats, I can think of one more.
This spring I held an online fundraiser to help towards paying for two fosters of mine to be placed at Fat Kitty City; I was moved by and grateful for people’s generosity. If you or anyone you know is interested in making a donation to help place these cats, please leave a comment to this blog or contact us via our facebook page.
Just a few of those destined for a very happy, new life in places where all cats are valued.