SAVE THE KITTIES
Every year in Australia, thousands and thousands of cats and kittens are euthanised because there are simply not enough homes for them all.
What you can do
There are many ways to help save the kitties. In some cases, you don't even have to leave the living room! Big or small - very action counts. Below is a quick overview.
If you are interested in expanding the furry part of your family, adopt - don't shop! Rescue cats and kittens come in all shapes and sizes. All are looking for a safe, loving, forever home.
All rescue organisations rely on a network of volunteers to help look after the kitties while they receive vet treatment and wait to be adopted. Here's how it works:
You temporarily care for a rescue cat in your own home.
You give them everything you would give a cat of your own - food, company and most of all, lots of love!
The rescue organisation pays the vet bills, provides ongoing support and promotes the cat for adoption (with your involvement).
You can foster a cat (or a kitten) short term or long term. Even a few days is worthwhile. It might just mean the difference between life and death of the rescue cat.
Sponsorship is another name for regular giving. You pledge to give a specified amount of money for a certain time (e.g. $50 every month for 12 months) to the rescue organisation of your choice. This type of giving helps the organisation better plan for the year ahead. Sponsors can be individual or corporate.
Most cat rescue organisations are not-for-profit and run entirely by volunteers. There are many ways to lend a hand. For example, you could:
be a foster carer
work a shift at a shelter helping to wash blankets, clean litter trays, feed and socialise the kitties
offer your skills (e.g. word processing, graphics, web design) to help promote the organisation
help to organise a fundraising event.
NOTE: Each organisation has its own criteria for volunteers. If you visit their website, you can usually find out what is required and what opportunities are currently available.
There are a lot of cats to feed and care for as they pass through the process from rescue to adoption. The more funds available - the more cats can be saved! A cash donation of any size is always welcome. Another option is to donate goods. Old newspapers, beds, blankets and towels all help to keep the kitties warm, especially in the winter.
Storytelling is a powerful tool. At THE BIG MEOW, we use stories to help raise awareness about rescue cats and the people who help them.