This past year was a record-breaking year for Regina Cat Rescue, in every sense. We broke our own records for the number of rescues we took in and the number of cats we adopted out.
Sadly, as a strictly volunteer-run organization funded solely through fundraising, this type of effort isn’t sustainable.
The amount of work it takes to rescue 473 cats is enormous, and we’re grateful to everyone who had a hand in moving these sweet kitties from the streets and into their forever homes. Unfortunately, the toll this takes on our volunteers and funds is huge – and we need to take steps to ensure we don’t deplete either of these valuable resources. We also care for hundreds of community cats daily whose costs of care are never recouped through fees.
Currently, RCR spends an average of $340 on each adoptable cat, which includes the costs for sterilization, vaccinations, deworming and earmite treatments. On top of this are the costs for treating cats with additional health issues and litter/food for the duration of their stay in foster care.
Effective May 1, RCR is increasing the adoption fee to $140 per cat and $200 for a bonded pair.
To further help support volunteers, RCR has instituted a cap of 400 rescues for 2017. The organization has a small core group of volunteers to manage the day-to-day operations. It takes a lot of time, effort and skill to operate an animal rescue, and volunteer burnout is always a risk. RCR encourages its volunteers to balance RCR activities with family, friends, work and other interests.
If you have any questions about the new fees, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.