Tigger – a loveable cat seeking a home.
As I mentioned in a previous post, the Found Animals Foundation (FAF) is sponsoring my presentation about Okey’s Promise at at the BlogPaws pet bloggers conference later this week. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a presenter at the best pet lovers conference around, and I am thrilled to be a part of the great work that Found Animals does for pets.
FAF assists efforts to curb pet overpopulation in the Los Angeles, CA area. They collaborate with a number of spay/neuter and animal adoption programs, and they also sponsor a number of their own initiatives.
They currently have the “Cat Days of Summer” initiative running, featuring special programs and information for cat lovers. As an avowed “Crazy Cat lady” who has a passion for rescuing and helping cats without homes, I find this initiative to be so valuable.
The initiative includes an “adopt a kitten” program which helps people adopt 2 cats for the price of one, with FAF paying the adoption fees of the second animal. The also have a “cat spay or neuter” special going on, offering 3,000 low-cost cat spay & neuter surgeries in Los Angeles through September 2011. They are offering spay/neuter surgeries for $15 for male cats and $25 for female cats with no income restrictions. (Call 1-888-WE-SPAY-LA (1-888-937-7295) for more information or to make an appointment).
The cat days of summer also features tips and information about cats that are helpful to both new adopters and seasoned cat lovers.
Three things are clear to me about FAF:
1) They are serious about the problem of pet overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia, and they are showing it by offering effective and proactive programming to address the problem.
2) They recognize that educating people about responsible pet ownership helps to reduce both abandonment and abuse to pets.
3) They love cats! (OK, they love all animals, as do I, but I like that they are paying extra attention to the felines.)
I look back on the time when I rescued Okey, and I realize how valuable this kind of programming is. Although I had help from friends in pet rescue, and although I was experienced at having pets in my home, it was a rather scary sort of process. And despite the fact that I took Okey to a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, her surgery and shots weren’t cheap. Luckily, I had friends who donated money to help with her care. Many people, however, are not so lucky. And many pet owners have found themselves in unanticipated financial crises of late.
Thank you Found Animals for sponsoring my co-presenter Miah Thornton and me at BlogPaws. But more than anything, thank you for helping so many pets and families overcome the obstacles to finding each other.