Thank you for considering CAT-atude Sanctuary in Texas. We are a 501c3 charity accepting cats, dogs, horses and just about anything else that shows up. We rely on sales online, contributions and unfortunately our personal finances and sale of personal belongings to sustain the sanctuary. Anything you can spare is greatly appreciated and will put to use to the animals care.
We DO NOT employ or have volunteers to assist us and EVERY DOLLAR DONATED GOES DIRECTLY TO THE SANCTUARY. WE DO NOT TAKE ANY COMPENSATION.
Before, reading further, please note the Founder of CAT-atude Sanctuary is a CANCER SURVIVOR AND STROKE SURVIVOR AT THE SAME TIME.
During his numerous hospital and rehabilitation stays, our son and myself kept the sanctuary running. Our son took a job 50 miles from home in 2017 shortly after the Founder's stroke and cancer diagnosis, but travels here on week ends and in emergencies to assist us. The Founder would have been devastated if we had given up on the sanctuary during his illness. The sanctuary means a lot to him personally and kept him going through his health problems.
We are a family run organization dedicated to the animals. We have been involved in animal rescue for more than thirty years. When we first moved to the country we were buying horses off the meat market, working with them and then re-homing It worked well. However, living in the country, people have a habit of abandoning their pets in the surrounding cornfields, which is how we got so many cats and dogs. Sadly, most are abandoned during our coldest months and by the time they showed up here they were in poor physical health, injured, disabled or so traumatized they were not able to be adopted out. We were successful in getting several feral cats to become tame enough to accept inside living. I stress inside living because predators such as coyotes, hawks and humans would get to them. It would take considerable effort on our part to gain the trust of these abandoned animals. Once we have gained the animals trust, we bring it inside.
We DO NOT go to shelters to rescue as many groups do. In the beginning (before we were a 501c3), we looked to no-kill shelters to help place the ones that were adoptable. Local no-kill shelters were always full. The kill shelters would say the cats and kittens would be euthanized within 24 hours. We started going as far as 300 miles (one-way) to no kill shelters who would take the adoptable ones. This went on for several years. Unfortunately, I began to have health issues which meant I could not travel that great of distance (600 miles one way) in a day.
The Founder had a massive STROKE in 2017. I found him non-responsive on the kitchen floor one morning -- cat food already on the plates ready for serving. During the hospital intake, it was discovered he had stage 4 CANCER and was given less than 2 months to live. Fortunately, there was a fantastic oncologist, who against the advice of his colleagues and the hospital, said he was willing to try surgery to remove the cancer. The prognosis with surgery was uncertain, but without surgery a short death was certain. I made the decision to opt for surgery. The Founder is home, however, with significant mobility issues which leaves me to perform all the animal related activities and care taking activities for the him. As you can imagine, we still have medical bills for him, which means we need monetary help regarding the daily food and medical care for the animals.
In early 2019, we experienced heavy gully-washing rains. The rain caused significant damage to the barn and the stalls. The horses were actually standing in the cold water. Our son, without hesitation, took off work and came to assist us. Over the few days, we were able to put in two tons, no joke, of dirt in part of the aisle but the stalls are still not usable and the rainy and cold season is upon us. This is more of an emergency than anything.
Your donation will help us . Here is the breakdown/estimate of how your donation will be used:
$15,000 Barn repairs. dirt/gravel/sand mixture to build up 6 stalls and rest of the aisle and rebuild the outside ground around the barn that was washed away, replace the wood in the stalls (it is an all wood barn), replace stall mats for 6 stalls
$ 7.000 Outdoor/indoor Catio (safe place for cats to go outdoors without being in danger from predators.
$ 18,000 Six months worth of dog, cat, horse, food. Hay currently runs$12.00/bale and we use one bale a day.
$20,000 Six months of medical care spay, neuter, medical emergencies, intakes for new animals that show up. (We just spent $5,000 in two months on two cats who were ill.)