Homes for Paws: Loving homes for homeless cats

by Cat AdopTion Service
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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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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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Chameleon
Chameleon

Happy Summer, from your friends at Cat AdopTion Service!

Today I heard a special story about one of our rescue cats who is very lucky to be with us! Charmeleon, as he is now named, was left by some very uncaring people at a random barn. The cat would have had little chance of surviving in this location, as it was near a busy road, frequented by coyotes, and next to a large dog kennel. Fortunately, the night he was dumped, the owner of the barn came to do her nightly rounds, and Charmeleon is so people-loving that he took the first opportunity to introduce himself. This kind lady picked up our snuggly cat, took him home, and then called us. Charmeleon is now in a loving foster home awaiting adoption by a family who will treasure him forever. Thank you for all your support for our work saving the sweet animals who people wantonly discard. Without your donations, we would not have the funds to rescue and care for so many cats until they are adopted by worthy owners. You can also help us prevent stories like this one of disgarded animals by spay/neutering your pets and teaching your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same! 

The cats of San Diego County and all of us at San Diego Cat AdopTion Service thank you!

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5 Kittens from Orange County
5 Kittens from Orange County

Spring has sprung in San Diego, which means we are well into kitten season! At San Diego Cat AdopTion Service, we are working around the clock to keep up with all the babies! Some of our kittens come with their mothers, but many others are orphans. Five such orphaned kittens were recently rescued from an apartment complex in Orange County where over 40 cats have been abandoned and are roaming free without food, water, or a safe place to sleep. The five kittens will be fully vetted and cared for by our loving foster parents until they find an adopter. We are working on trying to trap and spay or neuter the remaining cats and either take them into rescue, or place them with a feral caretaker if they are too wild. 

This time of year especially, we depend on our dedicated volunteers who foster kittens. They spend countless hours providing tender loving care to orphaned or abandoned kittens--sometimes working through the night to care for sick or weak kittens. We all love our work with cats and kittens, but we depend on your help to afford supplies for so many animals! As anyone who has owned or cared for kittens knows, the amount of food and litter it takes to nourish and care for a kitten is not at all proportional to their small size! Please continue to help our cause and save the lives of these sweet cats and kittens! 

Thank you!

 

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Lynwood
Lynwood

Hello dear supporters, and happy 2016 from all of us at San Diego Cat AdopTion Service (CATS)! 

It is hard to believe another year has passed. 2015 was a very productive year for CATS. All in all we took in 620 cats and found permanent, loving homes for 550 cats. Making the difference in the lives of that many wonderful animals takes a huge amount of time, care, and resources. As a supporter, your donation helped make it possible! We rely largely on monetary donations from supporters like you to make up our budget each year; your donation pays for food, litter, medical supplies, vaccines, vet care, and perhaps most importantly- spay/neuter surgeries. No one in our organization is paid- we rely soley on our huge team of amazing and dedicated volunteers! Whether they foster kittens or cats, work at our in-store adoption facilities, or participate in trap/neuter/release activities, all of our volunteers do what they do because they love cats and want to end the suffering of countless abandoned animals. We know you care about cats the same way, which is why you give. You can also contribute by talking to your neighbors, friends, and coworkers about spaying/neutering their pets! A world with no homeless animals is possible if everyone is responsible for "fixing" their pets, so please share what you know! 

One of the many precious lives we saved this year is Lynwood, a very sweet kitty who was dumped in an alley by his owners and started approaching strangers, begging for help. As a young and friendly kitten, he had no "street smarts," and surely would not have survived for long. However a compassionate stranger called CATS and we were able to send volunteers to rescue Lynwood. He is now vetted, and healing from a few scratches in a loving foster home. Soon he will find a forever family and start a new and wonderful life. 

Thank you again for making 2015 a successful year at San Diego Cat AdopTion Service! We appreciate your support and hope you will continue to consider us and the homeless cats of San Diego County in the new year! 

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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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