My feline rescue/sanctuary is in a dire situation and we need to shut down unless by some miracle we can overcome this extreme situation
I have a large rag tag feline rescue/sanctuary in a rural area of Oklahoma. I started out rescuing a few animals here and there when I first moved to the area back in 1998. At the time it was like 2-3 per month, I had a good paying job and was well able to bring the animals (at the time I also rescued dogs) to health, get them spayed/neutered and find good loving homes pretty quickly. Never knew at the time where these animals were coming from, just did my best to take care of them all.
A year later, I had the chance to purchase my own home on 2.5 acres about a mile and half away. No sooner did we (my children and I) move than we were inundated by several animals in need of rescue. I soon found out that animals were being dumped just around the corner from us at the dead end of a major avenue coming from the city. So I just kept on taking them in, bringing them to health, spays/neuters and finding good homes though finding homes got to be pretty hard as the years passed due to the sheer number of animals dumped.
The dumping of unwanted animals is staggering out here in my rural area. Sadly most of the animals dumped are killed either by being ran over, starving, natural predators such as coyotes but worse of worse, there are some particularly wicked evil people who love nothing more than to mame, torture and kill these poor dumped animals and they actually have the guts to hang the dead bodies on the fence lines like you may have seen out in the country ranchers do with dead coyotes. Thankfully this has not been happening often as it used to, but none the less still does so that means whomever is doing this is still at large. This is particularly scary as if a person will do such a horrendous thing such as this, they would have no problem at all doing this to a human being!!!
In the summer of 2004 I became disabled. I went from a good paying job to zero income in the blink of an eye. Thankfully a dear friend stepped in to support the animals needs plus our mail lady started a dog rescue so I no longer had to take in the dogs.
In 2010, my daughter, vice president of the rescue, was found to have a brain avm-short for a series of blood vessels and arteries that had not formed correctly before birth-while she was pregnant with my miracle grandson. Needless to say, she could not continue helping with the kitties. She has had numerous procedures to correct the problem, the latest being gamma knife surgery which ideally causes the avm to die but over a period lasting 5 yrs or more, so she has not been able to resume helping with the rescue at all (there are a lot of unfortunate side effects from this avm).
My best friend, the secretary of the rescue, had planned on moving here to be on site to help care for the animals and help with adoptions, however she was hit by unforeseen circumstances in that her mother developed Alzheimer's. Her mother lives in another state, so my dear friend has had to spend all of her time and resources going back n forth to see to her mothers care and affairs.
So, for the past 3 yrs, I have been the sole caretaker/runner of the rescue. This past January, my own health took a down turn. Among several problems, I have bad discs in my back which have required all kinds of treatments that have not worked, the next step is possibly surgery, and this has slowed me down to practically nothing when it comes to caring for the kitties. My son and my brother have been most gracious to come help with clean up duties etc, however it is just not enough--is not what I consider proper care but we've done the utmost best of our abilities to do so.
I stopped taking in any rescues 3 yrs ago when my daughter and friend were unable to help anymore as I knew I was in over my head, however locals and some others know where my rescue is physically located and have exceedingly dumped unwanted kitties at the door step. One person was so bold as to dump their unwanted kitty right inside of my pickup!!! Over spring and this summer, the number of rescues has grown to apx 100. Most of the time when they are dumped, they are fully pregnant and/or ill. At this current time I have 6 mama kitties and kittens along with the rest I have not been able to get adopted out since I have no help to host adoption events any longer. I recently was able to adopt out 3 of the kittens and am so grateful! Adoptions right now are by word of mouth or via my web site or FaceBook.
The latest blow is that our financial "rug" was yanked out from under us back in March. We have never seen much in the way of public donations, I guess I am just not that good when it comes to drumming up donations. Anyhow the soul financial provider for the rescue lost his job of 28 yrs and can no longer provide for the needs of the kitties. A new company took over the place he worked for and started targeting the employees nearing retirement. Sadly he was one of the casualties.
He took his 401K out to live on and graciously gave us a sum of money to exist on until I could find homes for all the kitties, but now that money is gone, and there is no other income. As I mentioned above, I am disabled. My only income is SSD which is not enough to cover my most basic expenses ie: house payment, utilities, let alone anything left over to keep the kitties in food/litter/medicine/spays/neuters or vet visits.
Since 1998, I have reached out for help to other rescues/shelters to no avail. I am constantly told there is no room at the inn and some places have been down right rude when I have inquired if they could help in any way. Even our county shelter did not begin to take in felines until this past yr and even though they have started taking them in, they have a max limit of 15, any incoming after that number are immediately euthanized.
I am at my wits end, not knowing where to turn for help. I have emailed a number of places with only one reply back and in their reply they had no room to take in any kitties. I have maybe 2 more weeks of money left for food for the kitties.
I really need the public's help with donations for food/litter/medications the kitties need or could even use gift cards to places such as Tractor Supply Co or Walmart as those two places have the best deals on food, Tractor Supply Co being the best.
A friend has set up a Go Fund Me account for donations to be able to keep maintaining the kitties until I am able to find homes for all or a no kill shelter that will take them in. One can also donate through my rescues web site www.aplaceoflove.org
I know times are hard for everyone, but would you plz consider donating? No amount is too small as the saying goes pennies add up to dollars! If so, you will know in your heart that you really did help save a kitties life!
The web site for the Go Fund Me for the rescue is: http://www.gofundme.com/54arlg
TYSVM for taking the time to read this long post and for considering donating! One more favor to ask; would you plz share this so more people are able to see and and know about our situation?
Very Kindest Regards,