01 Feb We are 10 Years Old!
Dear Cat Lover,
At the end of December, 2016, Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue celebrated 10 years as a purebred breed rescue. That’s quite an accomplishment and certainly full of the challenges and rewards that go along with running a successful cat rescue group. However, we could not be successful without you and your ongoing support and we graciously thank you for it. We need all our supporters and volunteers: fosters, website support, transporters, reference checkers, and donators working together for all the cats and kittens we serve. That is why we are able to do what we do.
The year 2016 was huge for us. Adoptions for the year hit 400 cats, 87 more cats/kittens adopted over 2015. And in 2016 you supported us in so many ways. Some of you are monthly subscribers and we appreciate your ability to do support us every month. Others of you gave us one time donations during the year for a variety of reasons. In December 2016, our one time donations were up about $800 over December 2015. Thank you so much! Others of you sponsored cats when we asked for help with medical costs. Last year there was Buttercup, Lily, Summer, Spring, Biscuit Boy, Helena, Julianna, Tiny, Madeline and Daisy (and more). When we shared their stories, you stepped up and you generously donated for these cats! Still others donated during our 12 Saves of Christmas stories and others bought from our Wish List on Amazon. Your support, no matter what and when it might be, is all amazing and so appreciated by all of us, especially the cats and kittens!
The year also brought our new website. In the field of computer technology, advances move at a fast pace and what works well when a website was designed 9 years ago will have problems as technology advances. We could only expand the website by force fitting changes within the old design and our website was not working well after service provider upgrades. We are now on a new platform with a new look and we will continue to refine and add/expand new features!
What changes will you see in 2017?
Per your suggestion, we have set up an automated email response that is sent to an applicant when an adoption application is received. It explains what can be expected in the application process and who to check with during the process if the adopter has questions.
Also, our new blog is coming in the 1st quarter of 2017. We will be providing articles on care, behavior, adoption and more as time allows. We hope to post multiple articles each quarter.
Our standard adoption fee will remain at $175 and our “known” purebred adoption fee will be $275. This is the first time, in 10 years, that we will raise the adoption fee only for “known” purebred cats where we have background and are absolutely sure they are purebreds, i.e., cats from a breeder or with papers. The Board of Directors looked at the fees charged by other purebred rescues across the country and the new adoption fee is well within current adoption fee standards for know purebred cats.
We also wanted to honor all of you for your support, so we created a special tribute to all of the cats and kittens adopted in 2016. Please enjoy these heartfelt video montages from us to you.
What’s next? We want to be able to help even more cats this year, to do this we need more foster homes. Have you ever wondered about becoming a foster mom or dad? If you have, fill out a Volunteer Application on our website. We’d love to talk to you in detail about what it takes! If you just can’t foster right now we still have other opportunities that are critical for the group. We are always looking for reference checkers, website assistance or transporting cats. We always train and mentor you for all positions. So start the new year out by volunteering! We would love to have you become part of our team.
Thank you again for your continued support. We could not do what we do without YOU!
Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue