The last two of our pregnant mom kitties delivered on Monday and Tuesday. No more pregnant kitties. Now we have 53 nursing moms and more than 300 kittens in foster!! They started coming on January 17th to mom Fawn (the winning name in our contest) and, if you’ve been following our Facebook page, you know there has been a new litter every few days since then.
Saving these moms from certain death was just the beginning of our work. Our 102 amazing fosters will be devoting many hours of their time to caring for the families, providing for their changing needs as the kittens grow and giving them lots of love and attention.
Another group these kittens present a challenge to is our fundraising committee. All of these kittens need to be vaccinated, de-wormed, flea treated and spayed or neutered. This averages about $60 per kitten. That’s a whopping $21,000 just for these moms and babies!
By far, every year, the majority of our funds goes to medical treatment. Last year, we had over $105,000 in veterinary expenses. We spent almost $50,000 spaying and neutering our kitties. The balance went to all the sick, broken and abused kitties we rescued.
Our budget for 2013 is $180,000. Our adoption fees cover about 75% of our annual costs leaving us with a shortfall of $45,000. Your generous donations and support of our fundraisers cover our shortfall each year. If you would like to help us with the costs of raising these kittens, please donate to our spay/neuter fund. We can’t do what we do without your support. You make a difference and help us save lives.
Here are just a few of the nursing mom kitties and the babies we have in foster.