When we faced closing a month ago due to our outbreak of ringworm... We were terrified, for many reasons. Had we caught it early enough, were previous cats already in their adoptive homes also affected, how long would it take us to contain, how would we ever afford to cope with being closed??? Thanks to a fantastic community of compassionate people, we survived (just barely). We were all set to open triumphantly this weekend (March 14), and we were counting on a big weekend of coffees & cats to help us catch up and dig through the financial rubble that has been thrown at us in the wake of our closure.
But instead, the world is now facing a much larger crisis, one we must all meet together. Not because the government tells us to, not because we are fearful, but because it is what is right. Social distancing is proving to be the single most effective way in slowing this virus down; it’s socially responsible for closing all non-essential businesses so that we can all be part of the long term solution. Yes, this is devastating for us, potentially disastrous, but worse would be if we all did nothing. What good is a cat rescue if there are no humans left with loving homes to adopt them. Zero.
Flattening the curve is the single most effective way of ensuring we don’t end up with government-enforced closures. So from Monday, March 16, we will be closed until it is socially responsible to open. We hope that collectively we can all find ways to support each other from the comfort of home. If the internet ever had a purpose, it is now. If you are one of those people lucky enough not to be affected, please consider donating now, for some reason, we don’t think our landlord will understand that we can’t pay rent because we are good humans.
We are currently planning for the worst and hoping for the best. It is reasonable to assume that we will be closed until at least early April, which means another month of no income. We do not know that we can survive this without the help of our amazing supporters. Currently, we have a pending Vet Bill of $4000 and close to $6000 in primary overhead to keep Catsbury afloat (this does not include payroll for our small staff most of who survive on minimal margins). It also doesn’t cover any further medical costs, of which there will be some, of our 25 cats in residence.
Furthermore, without these much-needed funds, we have to halt all of our off-site rescue efforts immediately. This means we can no longer assist with TNR, pull cats from shelters, take on foster cats etc., it just would not be responsible for doing so without funding to pay for our already astronomical costs. To put it plainly, our mission is coming to a complete stall until we are back on our feet financially. This is exceptionally devastating to us because saving lives is what it’s all about.
While many of you are faced with the same uncertainties as we are right now, we know that asking you to help us can be incredibly difficult, if not impossible, for most of our supporters. But we are passionate, now more than ever that community spirit is what keeps us all alive & asking for help is just something we all have to do.
In return, if anyone is having difficulty and needs help getting the word out, please let us know, we will happily share your stories with our vast reach. Together we indeed can do more, and if everyone helps each other, we will still be standing when the dust settles.