I picked up another dead cat in the road this morning. On Central Park. A young black and white little thing. I don't know how many cats I've picked up from the road in this area, its many, but there is one very clear thing I've come to realize: No one cares about these animals. I am quite lucky I haven't been shot in this area trying to care for them. Because its just me trying to care for them. I know of no others in the Beechwood section of Rochester who is sheltering and feeding the gazillions of cats roaming around here. Just this morning, I stopped on the side of the road coming from one shelter going to another to place a bowl of food and water down for some poor little creature. They are everywhere.
The sad part for me right now is that I may have to cancel my spots for TNR tomorrow at the clinic. I just don't have the money. Its $60 per cat, and I have two spots - that would cost me $120. I have been seriously thinking about what I am doing and how I can continue to do it. I appreciate the few donations I get from the very few that do donate - your donations buys me a bag or two of food - and sometimes I am able to pay for a cat that I've trapped and had to let go, and I appreciate it when I get food dropped off from the very few who help me in that regard, but I am drowning in debt. Its not like I am spending money on myself, but I have a single income paying some very high credit debt that just builds and builds with interest. I have a new car payment, and my catmobile Jeep is on its last legs.
I know my 501c3 tax exempt status will be coming through soon, thanks to a very kind lawyer doing this pro bono through his firm, Harter Secrest & Emery, but even then, its not going to help much.
I had to bring the two kittens that I rescued from Seventh Street in this weekend for a check up - no one will adopt if they haven't been treated or tested, and that cost me $80.
Sorry - but this is my reality. If I have to stop this, there will be a lot of starving cats, and the cats in these neighborhoods will multiply by the thousands in a years time.
I am just fit to be tied, as they say.
In the meantime, please consider adopting and fostering. I have many cats to choose from. Jace and Lucy, the cute little kittens - Cookie, Spencer and Baylee are waiting for their forever home. Please spread the word.
Have a good day.