Cat rescue facilities exist in almost every city to try and help cats that would otherwise be alone and abandoned. We can’t control how these cats end up on the streets, but we can work to support them. Here are some ways you can help:
Consider adopting a cat before buying one that was bred in captivity. There is no need for cats to be intentionally bred because there are already so many without homes, but many people still “purchase” cats before adopting. Cats can be adopted at humane societies, humane society affiliate stores, or cat rescue centres.
Fostering is a great way to support rescue animals. Foster homes are used if a cat has special needs that requires them to be in a home or because the rescue facility doesn’t have room to support all of their cats.
If you can afford it, become a sponsor. How each centre defines a sponsor is slightly different, but it can mean sponsoring a specific pet or the facility itself.
It can be costly for cat rescue centres to buy the items they need to take care of the pets they have, and you may already have what they need in your home. Here is a list of items that centres are likely to need:
- Laundry detergent, softener, and bleach
- Blankets and towels
- Food and treats
- Food dishes
- Cat litter and boxes
- Kitten formula
- Cleaning supplies
- Plastic bags
A couple dollars from a lot of people can make a significant difference for your centre. Every donation counts.
Whether you attend a fundraiser that is hosted by a cat rescue centre or host your own fundraiser, these events support centres by raising awareness and funds.
Your time can be just as valuable as money. If you have some extra time and want to help, donate it to your local centre.
WORD OF MOUTH
If you feel disappointed because you don’t have time or money to donate, don’t worry! Even just talking about cat rescue can help spread the word and may encourage others to give support.
Everybody has the ability to help.