Homes for Paws: Loving homes for homeless cats

by Cat AdopTion Service Vetted since 2012

Dear Supporters,

I can hardly believe that another three months has passed since I last updated you. Part of the reason it has passed so quickly is that here at Cat AdopTion Service (CATS), we have been swamped with cats to rescue, both kittens and adults! In reflecting on the never-ending cyclical nature of our work, I decided to devote this post to reminding all you wonderful animal lovers what you can do to help end homelessness for cats. 

Of course one important way to help is something you do already that we greatly appreciate- donating to local independent rescue organizations, like CATS. Your support allows us to provide the necessary food, litter, medical supplies and vet care to all the cats and kittens we foster. 

Another crucial way to be part of the solution is to spay and neuter your own animals, and make sure your community members are doing the same thing. Talk to your neighbors, friends, colleagues and family about their pets and whether they are fixed. If cost is an issue for you or someone you know, check around; most communities have at least one low-cost or free spay/neuter program. Although kittens and puppies are adorable and it can be tempting to let your pet have a litter, every year 2.7 million cats and dogs are euthanized by shelters in the US because no one wants them- don't contribute to that number! If everyone would spay or neuter their pets, we could eventually lower that number to zero! Help us get to a society where every animal life is valued and cared for. 

Finally, many of our adult cats are rescued from shelters where they would soon be killed. Usually these cats were dropped off there by an owner, for a variety of reasons. Cats are not toys that can be easily discarded or given away. Please remind those around you that cats are an important committment- one that hopefully lasts 20 years and provides much joy and companionship. 

In conclusion, we want to thank you for all you already do to help save homeless cats in and around San Diego County. You make such a difference to our rescue efforts! Without you, we could not continue saving so many precious cats and kittens. 

Sincerely,

Rachel Loseke and Elizabeth Tracey

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Hello Animal Lovers,

Although we are well past the new year, we wanted to let you know what an incredible year 2017 was for Cat AdopTion Service! As 2017 closed, our numbers were at record highs with 650 intakes and over 550 adoptions! It is hard to imagine we had a hand in saving so many cats and kittens, but it is all made possible by our amazing volunteers, foster families, and YOU- our wonderful donors! We are so appreciative of your continuing support. Without it, we wouldn't be able to reach so many sweet cats in need and help place them in loving homes. Although our high numbers make us happy about saving so many lives, there are still so many cats and kittens in foster care, with more kittens on the way. Help us continue our work, and also spread the word about the importance of spaying/neutering pets! Know a stray on your street? Call us or another animal rescue in your area for information and help. If the animal is too ferel, local groups can help to trap, neuter/spay and release it, or if it is friendly, it can be taken in and put up for adoption. If we all work together and do what we can to care for the animals around us, we can end the epidemic of homeless cats and dogs.

Thank you so much for all you do to help homeless cats!

Adorable family just rescued from Mexico.
Adorable family just rescued from Mexico.

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Hello and Happy Holidays!

We here at Cat AdopTion Service are wishing you well and hoping that you and yours are safe from the horrible fires. It is a difficult time for everyone in the region, humans and animals alike. We hope that during this season of giving, we can all stand together, perhaps reach a little deeper than usual into our pockets, and take care of each other and our animals. 

Here at CATS we have so many wonderful animals waiting to find their forever home. What a holiday gift it would be to any of them to go home with a caring, dedicated family! We have plenty of adorable kittens if you're looking for "stocking stuffers," and also many sweet adult cats, if you like to know what you're getting! As always, all of our cats come spayed/neutered, tested for FIV and FELV, thoroughly dewormed, and with up-to-date vaccines, flea treatment, and medical records. Batteries not included... or needed! Whether you are looking for a cat who is cuddly or playful, calm or a firecracker, we have the one for you! Since all of our cats spend significant time in foster care, we have a good idea what their personalities are like by the time they go up for adoption. 

If you are not able to add any more members to your family this holiday, please consider making a donation to help us cover the costs of continuing our rescue efforts throughout the region. Our adoption fees cover only a small portion of our expenses which include food, litter, kitten milk replacer, spay/neuter surgeries, flea meds, de-worming meds, vaccines, and extra medical treatments. Your monetary support is vital to our cause- without you we would not have the resources to keep our mission to end the homeless cat problem in San Diego and the surrounding region thriving. 

We are so grateful for your continuing support. From all of us here at San Diego Cat AdopTion Service, Happy Holidays! 

Mulan, rescued from hoarding case.
Mulan, rescued from hoarding case.

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This little guy was found in a wheel well!
This little guy was found in a wheel well!

Hello Cat AdopTion Service Supporters! 

I hope this fall season finds you and yours well. We at Cat AdopTion Service have had a busy and productive summer helping a wide array of kitties in need in our area. The list of situations we rescue our cats from ranges from certain shelters that have extremely high euthenasia rates, to the wheel well of someone's car, to Mexico! Sadly, the homeless kittens and cats just keep coming; a booming kitten season is continuing into September rather than slowing. As we all work to help as many cats as possible find loving homes, we depend on your support to help feed, vaccinate, provide medical care, and MOST importantly, spay and neuter our rescued cats and kittens. 

There is a very exciting opportunity coming up to make your gift go even further to help our cats. Thursday, October 6th is a Global Giving Bonus Day. Please consider making a donation on October 6th to help us earn a percentage of the $50,000 up for grabs. 

Thank you so much for everything you do to end the homeless animal crises. If everyone helps when they can, we can make such a huge difference in our world! Remember to always spay and neuter your pets, and make sure your neighbors, friends, and family do the same. 

Thank you for all your support. 

Bottle babies rescued from euthanasia list.
Bottle babies rescued from euthanasia list.

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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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Cat AdopTion Service

Location: San Diego, CA - USA
Website: https:/​/​www.sdcats.org/​
Project Leader:
Rachel Loseke
San Diego, CA United States

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