Presentation on theme: "Jocelyne Durrenberger, President CaRMaH. Cat Rescue of Marlborough and Hudson Original Mission: to reduce community cat homelessness in Marlborough/Hudson."— Presentation transcript:
Cat Rescue of Marlborough and Hudson Original Mission: to reduce community cat homelessness in Marlborough/Hudson area 50 volunteers 10-15 foster homes PetSmart adoption center in Hudson 2014 300+ adoptions per year 100+ TNR per year
Most cats from our towns, owned and surrendered, or TNR kitties Shy kittens not quickly tamed were TNRd July and August were hell months – too many kittens, not enough adopters Sister in law adopts a kitten brought up from Tennessee, I could have spit!
Irresponsible ◦ out of state cats displacing our adoptable cats and kittens Greedy ◦ (My opinion) Dog rescues were importing to make a profit off overbreeding in the south Short sighted ◦ Some areas of our state still underserved
Fewer adoptable cats and kittens in our target towns Partnered with Spay Worcester to take in adoptables, we had room sometimes When summer hell months were over, kittens and young cats adopted quickly TNR still about the same
Higher adoptions of adults Frenzy over kittens most months Hell months not so hellish Higher special needs adoptions Kittens don’t linger in foster TNR still consistent, broader area reached Taking in more kittens from all over the state
Soul searching ◦ Continue to target our towns? ◦ Expand to other areas of Massachusetts? ◦ Or (gasp) consider importation?
Ability to import ◦ Building a new intake room ◦ MDAR approval needed Health issues ◦ Beware the hidden ringworm kitty ◦ Tested for leukemia prior to transport? Finances ◦ Cats not yet profitable
Always, our area’s kitties get first priority, even the old/sick/nasty ones, but there are limits Look to pockets of needy Massachusetts cats first, need a mechanism Don’t let pretty southern kitties distract from local TNR Work with sister rescue in high need area
Stop the problem in problem states! Promote TNR Support sister rescues ◦ Education ◦ Grant supports ◦ Training/Outreach Focus on one area at a time
Billy Brown 5 years old Chocolate and White No small children No other cats Swats when annoyed Devoted to his person, affectionate