Dear Feral Friend,
The mission of Carol’s Ferals is just as critical as ever: to end feline overpopulation in West Michigan through community education and empowerment.
To that end, we continue to grow and change as a solution based rescue, dedicated to keeping cats out of open admission shelters where they may (and very often will) be euthanized.
So far in 2017, our TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program sterilized 871 community cats, reducing the future population of local community cats by millions. Our Rehoming Assistance Program provided comprehensive resources to community members sterilizing many more cats and placing them in loving homes and when necessary, rehoming feral cats to barns.
This year, we launched our new Kitten Care Program, which will be in full swing this spring. Our classes empower community members to effectively nurture young kittens, while educating these loving foster and forever parents about our mission and the solution we provide.
We’ve formed new relationships in West Michigan and beyond. Happy Cat Cafe, located at 447 S. Division in Grand Rapids, now provides a place for community members to meet some of our adoptable cats. As a result, 33 cats who would have had very limited opportunities in open admission shelters are now placed with loving families. This partnership has made 2017 our record year for adoptions. 220 cats and kittens will be home for the holidays this year.
Through foundation grants, we’ve been able to subsidize our TNR assistance for low-income community members and stretch our dollars a little further. And in 2017 we were licensed to begin hosting charity poker tournaments at King’s Room, bringing additional desperately needed funding to our daily operations.
Just like any worthwhile endeavor, your continuing support has made all the difference in helping us make a difference. Please click here to make a donation.
Along with the full launch of Kitten Care, the New Year will bring additional growth-driven changes at Carol’s Ferals. Our volunteer leadership team is developing plans for added positions to handle day-to-day operational tasks, allowing me to respond to the increasing demand for education and empowerment regarding our solution-based mission. During 2018, we will also be developing a financial strategy for sustainability. As the need for our solution continues to grow, we are expanding it, entering uncharted waters along the way. Your ongoing financial participation makes this possible. You are as vital to our success as ever.
The cats of West Michigan and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday. Especially Hoss, Marshmallow and Leo pictured below. They’re off the streets and home for the holidays.
Thank you for your support.
Director and Founder, Carol’s Ferals Director & Founder, Carol’s Ferals