No, not for our Kibblesmiths! They're not ready for that yet!
Until midnight tonight (pacific time) all that we raise will help fund spay and neuter surgeries for our homeless cat and kitten friends, and will reduce the cost of these surgeries for low-income pet owners.
It's a vey important day.
The availability of low-cost spay and neuter surgeries has a huge factor in reducing pet overpopulation. The more the shelter can fund, the fewer kittens they receive, and the more they can do for the kittens they do get it. They directly correlate spay/neuter with saving lives.
Last year our Humane Society funded 1,741 cat surgeries, including 48 free vouchers for mom cats. When someone brings in a mom cat and a litter of kittens, they are often willing to keep the mom if the HS can pay for the surgery, so they are sent home with a free voucher. Mom cats can be difficult to place. They're often thin, have hair loss and enlarged mammary glads from pregnancy. Surrendering moms to the shelter can mean a long wait to find their forever home.
These funds will be used to fix feral cats and reduce the population in their colonies.
It will cover the cost of surgeries for roaming cats or neighborhood strays - those socialized cats, lost or abandoned by their owners, living in our community. Typically, someone is feeding the cat, and allowing it to sleep in the garage or on the porch. These cats who belong to no one, give birth to many of the litters that inundate the shelter during kitten season.
It costs $45 to spay a cat at the special discounted rate the HS gets from the Northwest Spay and Neuter Center, and $25 for neuters.
Our dear friend Cynthia has offered a very generous $3500 match! That $3500 will cover the cost of 50 spay surgeries and 50 neuters!
So, if you make a donation of $45, that will cover the expense of spaying a cat, Cynthia will match it, and two cats will be fixed!
Or if you donate $25, enough to neuter a cat, she will match that and two boy cats are snipped!
Of course, any amount will be matched, whatever you give will be doubled until we reach the $3500 cap, and we've got until 7:00 PM (pacific time) to get there.
This truly is a day that will make a difference, so I hope you'll feel inspired to give.
Thanks so much to Cynthia for this huge and awesome match. You are the best, and we appreciate your generosity and kind heart so much. And thanks to everyone who donates! Thank you for caring and giving so much!
We've got a VERY special cat coming to take your calls today. He's kind of a big deal here in Tacoma, so while we prepare for his arrival, please pay a visit to our FUNdraising page, and make your donation there!
We'll be back shortly, so please stay tuned!