That I get over 3000 hits a day on this blog - someone has to be reading it, yet I get less than a handful of the same people who donate food to me on occasion, one regularly, like every other week. Of that handful, a couple of folks call to donate money to the clinic occasionally for a cat to be spayed or neutered. And of that handful, a few help me with plastic totes or other materials for shelters.
I am feeding over 60 cats every day - I go through 18-20 pounds of dry food - that's $10+ every single day. That does not include the five yogurt large sized tubs of wet food that I feed each day to these hungry babies. This is well over $100 a week - $400 a month, and the rest, you do the math. This does not include the $50 for the spay neuter for the feral or homeless cats that I return to the streets the next morning.
Do I get discouraged? Yes. Do I sound like I am whining, or complaining? Yes. And I HATE for people to know I whine and complain. But doing what I do is HARD. To go out each morning, have all these cats run to you because after all these days/months/years, they begin to trust you, and come to 'love' you, and know you are to be trusted, and then have to leave them there, to fight another day, its HARD.
I own a small house (well, the bank does) and have lived in it since 1994 or something like that, after my step dad passed away, and left me a small amount of money to afford a down payment. My first house. My dream was to live in it, my career to soar, my life to become bigger and better, and then I would move someday to my dream in the country, a country house. Well, that never happened, my career did not soar, and I began to feed homeless cats in the city. Not only that, but there were cats in my own sweet neighborhood that I noticed were homeless. I've been feeding Annabelle for years now on my porch, have sheltered her through the winters, and I could never leave her. I wait for the day that I don't feed the cats in the city anymore, and that Annabelle stops coming around, and maybe then, I can move on to something new.
But until then, I continue to fight the fight, day after day after day. I could really use some help, in every way possible (mentally too! J) – please pick up a bag of cat food the next time you are at the store for the cats. Please click on the DONATE button on the right of this blog, and donate what you can for the cats, please see my wish list on Amazon, for the cats. Please share this blog, in hopes that someone will want a cat on the street that is waiting to be given a home, to be given a chance at a better life. After all, its all for the cats. It helps me to help them. Thank you, and have a great day!
"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again."
UPDATE: I just received a donation from AUSTRALIA!!! Thank you Jennifer!!