When we closed our doors in March, we couldn’t have predicted that come September we would still be closed. The last 6 months have dramatically impacted Catsbury Park, our community, and the world at large. Still, at the same time, a day doesn’t pass without us being inspired by a generous supporter and the community spirit of our friends and neighbors.
From day one, our mission has always been "help save the lives of cats in need.” Indeed, the last 6 months saw Catsbury Park transform to address the needs of cats in our communities through our expansion into rescue work and different aspects of cat welfare. We have trapped, rescued, fostered or found placement for almost 400 cats since March, learning new ways to take Catsbury Park’s mission forward and continue to advocate for our feline friends.
Many of you helped us through the last 6 months, and your generosity along with available small grants and loans allowed us to keep working and stay afloat. But while we continue to move forward, our funding is close to running out, and your financial help is essential to the success of fulfilling Catsbury Park’s mission.
Here is how you’ve helped and why we need your continued support through the uncertainty of the near future:
We continue to be incredibly active with TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) which helps manage outdoor cat populations in our communities, prevents unnecessary suffering of outdoor cats and kittens, and allows us to place adoptable cats in foster care with the intent to adopt them into a loving family. The medical costs involved with this project can be $50-$100 per cat, and between May and September, we trapped close to 300 cats who all required surgery, at the very minimum!
We love that we were able to open Catsbury Park on Cookman Ave and be part of the bustling heart of Asbury Park. During the shutdown of 2020, we turned the café into a well-oiled TNR headquarters. There, we have our professional shelter grade cat condos where many cats stay while waiting for (or recovering from) veterinary visits. Throughout 2020, our expenses have included rent, utilities, insurance, and payroll, along with the costs associated with our TNR vehicle. The costs of keeping our home haven’t paused during the shutdown, but we believe the community location we’ve built contributes, meaningfully, to our ability to save lives and advocate for the cats all of us love.
Currently, we have 50+ cats and kittens in our foster program, the majority of whom require spay/neuter surgery, vaccines and general medical care. Our monthly medical expenses average between $3000-$6000. Because of this, last month, we were forced to make a tough decision and stop accepting additional kittens until we are sure we can cover the costs of expanding the program. Kitten season is very much in full swing, and with your help, we can continue to help the people that reach out to us daily but that we are restricted from helping due to financial considerations.
Special Needs Kitties
As most of you are aware, we often take on cats or kittens with special needs. During the past few months, we were able to save the life of one of these "special needs" kittens, Tuna. Tuna was diagnosed with an almost always fatal disease called FIP. Thanks to our selfless community, we were able to save his life! We’d like to introduce you to Joyce, another cat with a special need and also the last of our pre-shutdown residents yet to be adopted. Joyce came to us about a year ago with a dead eye from chronic eye infections that were not treated. Dr Tom, our fantastic vet, examined her a few months ago and advised that removing the bad eye is the best option for her long term health and comfort. Joyce isn’t suffering and is currently in a wonderful foster home, but her condition has made it hard to find her a permanent home and we think it causes occasional discomfort. The surgery can cost $1200 and setting aside funds was challenging with the number of cats we were called on (and able) to help over the summer. So, once again, we are calling on your support to help Joyce get the treatment she needs and which we hope will help secure her a forever home!
Catsbury Park Reopening?
Recently, the state of NJ allowed indoor dining at 25% of capacity. Still, the financial burden of opening within this restriction adds costs that preclude using the majority of our funds to help cats. To be able to reopen, we want to make sure we can do it safely, and that includes implementing protective measures for our guests and staff. Things like sneeze guards & hand sanitizing stations along with changes to the way we serve food and beverages all require the purchase of new equipment and supplies. We look forward to inviting you, our family, back to Catsbury Park when the time is right, and the financial considerations won’t force us to divert funding from the most important task your help entrusts us with - saving lives daily. We have big plans for our future, some of which we hope to tell you about soon, but our future depends on how we survive this next transitional phase. We have come this far, we do not want to give up, and we know you want us to succeed in our mission to help cats!
Please consider donating any amount today, and if you can't donate, please share as every share helps us reach a new cat-loving person who might be able to help. All donations are tax-deductible tax ID 81-3366139