WE MADE IT!!
WE MADE IT!!
SUMMERTIME CHALLENGE 2015 – FINAL UPDATE!!
Thanks to supporters and donors, both longtime and new, local and far away–and to a HUGE surge of donations in the last few days–we are thrilled and relieved to announce that Cat’s Cradle has exceeded our $50,000 goal in donations during the month of August and will be receiving $50,000 in matching funds. We are so grateful to all who responded to our plea for help.
We want to take a minute to explain the importance of this Summertime Challenge, and why it is so important that supporters and donors help Cat’s Cradle year round. We have had very serious discussions recently about the sustainability of Cat’s Cradle as currently configured, including our downtown Harrisonburg Adoption Center. In reviewing our financials, we saw that, while we have increased our services due to increased need in the community, our donations have not increased. We have been getting great results from our programs, including our downtown Harrisonburg Adoption Center, foster animals being taken in from local shelters/pounds, providing financial support for community spay/neuter, hosting off site adoptions, pet retention counseling, and medical assistance and short-term boarding assistance for low income cat owners. But donations have not kept pace with the cost of these increased services. Our efforts in our programs are working. We are seeing reductions in local shelter intake and reductions in euthanasia, meaning more lives saved, but the need has far exceeded our resources. As our waiting lists have continued to grow and volunteers continue to have to say no to those calling asking for help, many pet owners continue to be faced with even harder decisions than our financial ones.
Cat’s Cradle’s serves the communities of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County, Staunton, Waynesboro, & Augusta County and Page County. Our Harrisonburg Adoption Center is an important presence in our community, and we are very gratified to see just how important it is to so many of you. We are grateful to you for responding to word that, without ongoing funding, Cat’s Cradle might need to close the Center to be able to continue to fund our other lifesaving programs that offer an alternative to euthanasia for many cats and kittens. During the final days of the Challenge, we had many donors come into the Adoption Center for the first time, some not having donated to Cat’s Cradle before, but who knew of us and our lifesaving work. Many told us that they had no idea the level of funding that it takes to carry out our different program areas. Many didn’t know that we had programs other than the Adoption Program. We have been blown away by the amazing outpouring of caring and generosity in response to word of our urgent financial situation. We want to take this opportunity to let our community know what it takes to keep all our programs going strong.
We can’t do it without you. PLEASE help us continue on, and grow our lifesaving programs! The funds raised through this Challenge (the monies raised and the matching funds) represent only about one-fourth of the funding we were on track to need this year just to stay at current levels of community assistance. This level of funding has allowed us to be able to accomplish the following results: financially subsidize over 2,000 cats in the community each year to be spayed/neutered; rescue, vet, and adopt out over 500 cats typically transferred out of local municipal shelters/pounds, offering an alternative to euthanasia for space limitations; and provide pet retention assistance to owners who might otherwise surrender their animals because they can’t afford medical bills due to unforeseen hardships they may be experiencing. We are very good stewards of donor funds–over 87% of every dollar you give goes directly to our programs.
Our community is faced with some hard decisions as we look forward. As we have seen the first part of this year, the demand greatly exceeds our current resources. People want to save animals and be a part of the solution; we just have to be effective at rallying together for our common goal – – saving lives — and the board and staff of Cat’s Cradle realize we have to make sure you know we need your help to accomplish that goal. With that in mind, we want to say thank you, and ask that you please consider becoming a sustaining donor to Cat’s Cradle, whether it’s $10.00 a month, $25.00 a month, $50.00 a month or another regular gift. Help us every month to bring in the funds we need to save adoptable animals, reduce pet overpopulation, and thereby reduce pets given up at our area shelters and reduce euthanasia. When you become a sustaining donor, you become a Pet Pal and we will keep you updated by newsletters throughout the year.
Thank you again from all of us on the Board and staff of Cat’s Cradle. You have shown us that you do value what we do to help companion animals in our communities. Let’s keep the lifesaving work going strong!