2021 Year in Review

In 2021 we were able to help 116 cats.

 

Of the 116:

37 were transferred to other rescues in hopes of finding homes

26 were adopted through our Adoptions program

18 are still available for adoption

12 were vetted and released back into our community through our Trap-Neuter-Release program (in collaboration with the Town of Altona)

7 were euthanized due to catastrophic injury or illness

6 found homes through our Finders Keepers program

4 are adoption pending through our Adoptions program

3 are on medical hold and will be available for adoption once healed

2 were lost and we helped them find their way home

1 was a past TNR cat who retired from life on the streets to live out his days in sanctuary at Kat’s Kritters Rescue due to a recent illness

 

We are happy to report we completed 47 adoptions in 2021 (some were new intakes and some were long term intakes from 2018 through 2020) and more importantly, 103 cats were spayed or neutered through our vetting program. That is 103 less cats producing kittens!

 

Today, we have 26 cats who are or will be available for adoption. If you are looking to add a furry friend to your family this year, please consider our rescue.

 

Since our inception in September 2015, we have helped rescue over 600 cats. As you can imagine, a lot of time and effort goes into animal rescue. We cannot do what we do without the volunteers who assist us and the countless hours they put in. So much goes on behind the scenes and every person that helps is truly a blessing.

 

Thank you to our 25 foster families for taking such good care of our cats, to the 17 feral shelter caretakers who monitor and feed the cats released back into our community. To the bakers, sewers, cat pick-up and drop-off drivers, to our reference checker, tax filer and photographer, thank you.

 

Thank you to all the donators. Whether it is funds, gift cards/certificates, prizes, baking, wrapping paper, laundry detergent, blankets, cat food, cat toys, used kennels, litter and so much more. The cats have benefited from your donation and they and we thank you.

 

Thank you to the Altona Town Council, Dan Gagne (Chief Administrative Officer) and Geoff Loewen (Animal Control Officer) for your progressive approach to animal welfare in our community. Due to the TNR program, many cats have received a second chance at life.

 

Thank you to Pet Valu Winkler, RuffMuffs Altona and Altona Yoga for fundraising on our behalf, for the donations, and for caring about the cats in our rescue.

 

Thank you to the Winkler and Morden Veterinary Clinics for donating your time to help animals in need.

 

Thank you to those who have adopted from our rescue or any other rescue/humane society. Adopting saves two lives: the pet’s you take home and the one that fills the spot vacated by your adoption. Thank you to our adopters who have sent updates and pictures, they are often the pick-me-up we need when days are hard, so please keep them coming.

 

Thank you to those that read this column and the wonderful feedback we have received.

 

Furever Friends is a small rescue and yet it comes with a lot of heartbreak, tears, sleepless nights, sadness and frustration. There are times when we and/or our volunteers want to give up and say “I just can’t do this anymore”, “it hurts my heart too much”. We question why there are still so many unwanted kittens being born, why people still choose not to spay/neuter their pets. Do they not know the benefits of having a fixed cat? Are they unaware of the programs that exist to help subsidize the cost of spaying/neutering? Do they not realize the part they play in the overpopulation problem found in so many communities?

 

Not everyone cares about cats. If you don’t, please try to care about the people working to reduce the overpopulation in your area. Rescue work is hard work - emotionally, financially and sometimes even physically. You can help, all you need to do is spay/neuter your cats. It will have the single greatest impact on rescues and overpopulation that any one person can make. If you would like information on the spay/neuter programs available to you or information about our rescue, please contact us. 

 

As the founder of Furever Friends Cat Rescue, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to the Furever Friends team - a very small group with immeasurable dedication, all of whom have full time jobs and yet work tirelessly to keep the rescue going. I could not do it without you. Thank you. On to 2022!

Tracy Harder