A cat rescue organization that is very dear to me is Spots and Stripes Exotic Cat Rescue and Sanctuary. The got the name for their cat rescue from the spots and stripes that many of us bengals have and it made a lot of sense because we are the breed that they used to focus on. Since then, they have expanded their focus to all exotic breeds. This includes not just bengal cats like me, but also African jungle cats, savannahs, chausies, and Persians.
This expansion of their focus put them in a very bad spot financially. They owed thousands of dollars in veterinary fees, and they had made a decision that they would no longer operate after the end of the year. Of course, they would not actually shut down operations until the cats in their care were placed, and they had committed to giving a number of early generation cats, who are not well suited to be taken care of by most humans, a permanent home, but it was a sad day when they told us they would have to shut down.
I thought of all my fellow bengals that this organization had helped, and it made me meow sadly to my human. He told me that he was sorry, too.
Fortunately, this will not happen. In twelve hours, supporters of Spots and Stripes rallied and donated enough money to help the organization stay open.
In less than 12 hours, you have helped us raise $2,900 of the $3,000 we needed to pay back bills. We are proud to say our fosters have now been reimbursed for their vet bills, 10 cats are now able to be altered and our left over vet bills can be paid. We also had four adoptions today!
This reaction was amazing, and shows how kind humans can help a cat rescue even when it is in deep financial trouble.
Spots and Stripes may be out of the woods, but they could sure use some more help in order to keep doing their good work. If you want to give them some of those green paper things, they sure would appreciate it. And even though their focus of their cat rescue efforts has expanded beyond bengal cats, Jacey, Marley, and I would all be happy, too.