Jun 22, 2017

Desperate Kitten Season

Hello Wonderful Supporters,

I'm afraid that I have hard news to tell in this report. While Cat AdopTion Service (CATS) is doing all that it can, as always, to save the innocent cats and kittens of San Diego area, this spring has seen an explosion in the number of kittens. CATS and so many other rescue groups and shelters in the area are filled past capacity, while calls about stray kittens needing help are still coming in every day. Just recently, CATS agreed to take 8 more feral kittens to tame, treat, and prepare for adoption. We are struggling to find enough available foster parents to cuddle and care for these kittens along with so many already in foster homes. 

If you would like to become a foster parent, please contact Cat AdopTion Service or any local rescue group in your area! 

Most importantly, please help end the epidemic of homeless animals in the U.S. by spaying/neutering your pets, and making sure your family, friends, and neighbors do the same. If you know of strays living in your neighborhood, reach out to a group such as Feral Cat Coalition (FCC), who can give you the resources and info to trap, spay/neuter, and release those cats before they have countless more litters. Please consider that especially this time of year, stray mothers may already have kittens, so if you think this may be the case, ask CATS, FCC, or a local rescue group for advice on how to take care of mother and babies and when to spay the mother. Every year in the U.S., approximately 1.5 million companion animals are euthenized at shelters. 860,000 of them are cats. If we all practice responsibility for our own pets and also animals we see in our neighborhoods and around our places of work, together we can change this horrific statistic and end companion animal homelessness. 

Thank you for all you do to help the homeless cats of San Diego! Here are pictures of just a few of the 100 adorable kittens currently in rescue. 

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Jan 25, 2017

Spread the Love

Welcome to 2017, animal lovers!

This time of year, we can all use a little extra TLC; at Cat AdopTion Service, the ones who need it in the most obivous ways are a whole new batch of tiny baby kittens! Our wonderful, devoted foster families are busy feeding, washing, cuddling and giving medical care to all of these precious charges. Of course, the care we give them is returned ten-fold in purrs, cuddles, and, when feeding time comes, a chorus of teensy meows. If you've ever had a kitten, or two, or ten, you recognize the joy that they bring into a house. 

While these helpless kittens are in clear need of care, they aren't the only ones. All of our animals need love, no matter their age. Many of our adult cats currently up for adoption have been with us awhile, patiently awaiting a forever home. So if you feel in need of some extra love in your life these days, remember one of the marvelous mysteries of being human is that the more we give tenderness and love, the more we are able to feel it for ourselves. Everything you do to help support our life-saving mission is a gift of love to the cats of San Diego County and to the world. As our newly-rescued kittens grow, they need vaccines, anti-worming medicines, flea and ear-mite prevention, litter, spay/neuter surgery, and a suprising amount of food! We rely on your generous donations to fund the purchase of these essentials so that our incredible foster parents can continue their vital role in our rescue operation. 

Thank you for all your support, and I hope you're off to a great start in the new year! 

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Oct 27, 2016

Thanksgiving came early for these lucky cats!

Dear animal lovers everywhere: we need your help! Spread the word about the homeless animal problem and how to fix it!

Every year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized in the U.S.  56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter shelters in the U.S. are euthanized. At San Diego Cat AdopTion Service (CATS) we are working to change this terrible statistic from many different angles. However, the single most effective action to end the homeless animal problem needs to be practiced by everyone- spay and neuter your pets! If there is someone you know, a friend, family member, or neighbor who has un-altered animals, please share these staggering statistics with them and explain why it is so important for all animal owners to spay and neuter. One healthy unspayed female cat can be responsible for somewhere in the range of 49,000 surviving kittens over a 10 year period! 

Every cat that CATS takes in is spayed or neutered before being given to its new owner, and whenever possible we find and spay the feral mothers of stray kittens who are brought in. 

In dealing with overpopulation, communities and local governments make a variety of decisions about how to handle stray animals, some more humane than others. Some shelters are no-kill, while others are notorious for extremely high rates of euthanasia, short "wait times," crowded condidtions, and poor medical attention. One such shelter exists in a nearby county. As part of our effort to save the lives of cats in our area, CATS has recently rescued many cats and kittens from this shelter who were about to be euthanized. All of these new additions will be given proper medical attention, nutrition, and lots of TLC by our dedicated and loving foster parents (volunteers). As soon as they are healthy enough, and all spayed and neutered, they will be up for adoption to "forever families." Having a pet is a big responsibility- it is a committment for the lifetime of the pet. 

Thank you for all that you do to help end the homeless animal problem in San Diego and the surrounding area. We could not continue our work on the scale we do without your donations! Your support really makes a difference. 

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