The Monroe Community Cat Project is rolling along with a growing number of the community cats either being trapped, neutered and released to their old haunts or, as is the case with some of the kittens, being fostered and adopted. But the organization still needs community help in the form of identification of feral cat colonies, assistance in trapping the cats and foster homes for those kittens or socialized strays that may be able to find a happy home. There also is a ongoing need for funding to pay for the surgery, rabies shots and ear tipping.
The newly formed Monroe Community Cat Project has non-profit status under the Save Our Strays, Inc umbrella, which is a 501(c)3 federal non-profit organization. Cash donations over $500 will be given a letter indicating that no services or goods were provided in lieu of the money. Cash donations under $500 do not need a letter (a check can be written to SOS or Save Our Strays, Inc. if anyone asks—we do business under both names).
Here’s how you can help.
You can like the Facebook page and follow fundraising efforts, which include raffles (one prize is a microderm abrasion session valued at $100, a 30-minute photo shoot just to name a couple.
Dawn Smith, who is involved with the project and already has a colony that she helps take care of, is also the owner of Stained Glass by Dawn. She has undertaken to make and sell stained glass, tipped-ear cats to raise funds for the project. The cost of a stained-glass cat is $60. She has already raised more than $1,000 and helped fund many of the cats already trapped, neutered and fostered or released. Kitty condos were donated to people who were fostering cats or taking care of them after neutering. More condos or foster parents will not be turned away!
The group is looking for a really cool cat design t-shirt that highlights the Monroe Community Cat project. If anyone has any artistic talents or suggestions on a design, please like the Facebook page and share your ideas.
The next meeting is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday July 20th at The Cotton Café downtown Monroe. All residents interested in being involved are welcome to attend.