As we wind up the year by conducting our 2018 annual campaign and reporting on our amazing work in 2017, we want to let you know about a new program, Last Responders, that we embarked upon immediately after the NorCal firestorms. And as always, we continue to educate and assist shelters and rescues willing to establish successful, lifesaving methods of managing community cats on best practices and policies.
LAST RESPONDERS: We are reuniting cats displaced by the fires even after nearly 3 months. Check out Sebastian's wonderful reunion video! Many cats are still missing and this program will continue as the need exists. Most cats captured are not reported missing, yet we don't want to abduct anyone's cat in mixed destruction areas. The sleuthing process to find an unreported cat's person is incredibly labor intensive and difficult. These are unprecedented circumstances that the existing animal welfare system was ill prepared to manage. Thus, it's taken an enormous grassroots effort as well as a knowledgeable organization like ours to come in and help. The average cost to support a photo feeding station is $150. So much gratitude goes to the first responders work and efforts to save life and property. But it is the Last Responders work that hopefully reunites families torn apart by this disaster.
TNR:Our trap-neuter-return (TNR) program continues to provide necessary help and guidance to Contra Costa County residents who care for community cats. Cats are trapped, taken to a spay/neuter clinic where they are surgically sterilized, vaccinated (especially against rabies), ear tipped and treated for common parasites. We empower caretakers to participate in as many aspects of the TNR process as possible and then to share their knowledge.
We assisted with the TNR of over 170 cats!
Return-to-Field:We continue to advocate for shelter reform for community cats brought into shelters. We advise on cat flow management while providing the best outcome for the individual animal. By doing so, community cats spend the least amount of time in the shelter environment and are returned to their habitat once spayed/neutered, vaccinated, ear tipped and treated for common parasites.
We assisted with the return of nearly 50 cats!
We provided guidance and education to multiple shelters and organizations.
Relocation:We avoid relocating cats whenever necessary. Period. It is better for a cat to go back to a territory that it knows even with known dangers than to be forced to learn a new territory and its new dangers. That said, sometimes cats have no other path than to be relocated.
We couldn’t be more grateful for all the support of our volunteers who have made these programs this successful. And we couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to save these lives because of your generous donations.