URGENT: foster homes needed for S.F. cats ASAP!!
- Here we go again -- kitten season has officially started. Not that we
have anything against kittens (who doesn't love kittens?) - BUT what
this means is that, starting in March/April, adult cats will get
overlooked. It happens every year and it is unfortunately part of the
reality of the animal rescue world.
As many of you know, Give Me Shelter (www.givemesheltersf.org) is the
main shelter group that rescues cats from Death Row at San Francisco
Animal Care & Control, cats who have been "declined" by ACC and the San
Francisco SPCA for either a "medical" reason (for example, the cat has a
cold) or "behavior" (shyness unfortunately can qualify cats for Death
Row in this city). GMS evaluates these cats and, if they are thought
ultimately adoptable, gets them out of ACC alive and puts them in foster
homes. GMS has an adoption center at a large pet supply store (and will
be getting a second, similar space in mid-April). As soon as one cat in
the adoption center is adopted into a good home, another cat can go from
ACC or from a foster home into the adoption center, soon to find its own
loving, forever home!
GiveMeShelter is ONLY able to rescue these cats IF -- and only IF --
there is a foster home for them to go to. No foster home = no GMS
rescue, meaning the cat is killed. This week GiveMeShelter has been
offered 14 cats by Animal Care and Control. Sadly, as of today, all of
the GMS foster homes are full. What this may mean for these 14 cats is
obvious. Can YOU help by fostering a cat, or two cats? Each cat
rescued will have been neutered or spayed, tested for FIV/Felv,
vaccinated, given flea medication, and microchipped. GMS will pay all
veterinary expenses (if there are any) and will also provide food and
litter, if necessary. If you can help, or need more information, please
call Lana, Director and Founder of Give Me Shelter, at 415/810-7284.
Of course it goes without saying that many of us "rescue people" cannot
foster any more animals, but we all know other people who care about
animals and who might be able to foster OR who would forward this email
to his or her own email list of animal lovers -- so please, whether or
not you personally can help, please forward this email to all your
"animal friends." These cats are counting on you and me and all the
other good people in the Bay Area who want to save them from Death Row.
Thank you, everyone!