Dear Friends and Advocates,
I have been thinking for over a week now about how I was going to write to you from a rescue point of view and express the overwhelming feelings we all have been experiencing during this time of crisis. It has been especially hard to get my thoughts together because I actually have been across the country in New York (Brooklyn to be exact) caring for my family amongst the first big "wave" of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
As of 9am Sunday, March 29 there have been 8,451 cases of COVID-19 in Brooklyn alone and close to 32,308 cases total in New York City (Brooklyn is one of the five boroughs that make up the city). I can honestly say that I do feel like I am in the middle of a war zone and the anxiety and uncertainty is REAL.
Being across the country and away from our rescue cats in Los Angeles has been very hard. Managing Carson Cats Rescue remotely while being in the epicenter of the Covid-19 crisis has definitely challenged my mental fortitude. I have been worried about all of our volunteers staying safe while caring for our cats and taking the proper precautions. I also have been worried about the cats at the high kill Carson Animal Care Center and of course all the animals in all the shelters across the nation that have had to close their doors to the public. Our veterinarians have also been hit hard, most being small businesses.
But with every dark cloud, there is a silver lining and I have been so proud of our volunteers in the past few weeks that have stepped up to continue to save lives, care for our cats and place them into permanent homes.
In the past week alone, we have been able to place over 30 cats into loving foster and adoptive homes and each of these connections has had such a story. We also have been lucky to have technology such as facetime and video conferencing to help assimilate our cats into their new homes while practicing social distancing. It has been a joy to see so many people reach out to us and valuing how much animals can help to calm the soul in these times of crisis. They say that purring releases endorphins in cats, and it can do the same thing in humans, too!!
In the midst of all these happy connections, we unfortunately have had the looming reality of vet bills and operating costs piling up. We have lost a significant amount of monthly donations due to donors being impacted by the severely diminished hospitality and entertainment industries.
Our veterinarians have also been impacted financially and they are no longer able to provide the rescues with more lenient payment plans. Two of our main vets have stopped services to us until we can get our balance down to zero (they need to be able to pay their employees and their own rent).
Operating costs and supplies at our our sanctuary have also been a big concern. We have over 65 cats at our rehabilitation center and over 150 cats and kittens in foster care. That means over 200 mouths to feed, house and medically treat. Like so many, we now have to order food and supplies weeks in advanced to make sure it is available and delivered in time. We are also competing against everyone else to get basic disinfecting products like bleach and clorox wipes that are critically needed to maintain a sanitary environment for our cats. Our operating costs and vetting can range from $15,000 to $20,000 per month and we have many special needs and senior cats in foster that require intensive care and vetting.
And last but but not least, the Carson Animal Care Center. They contact us weekly for help with urgent cats that need rescue. People are losing their jobs and can’t afford their pets so the shelter becomes a dumping ground. The shelter is overcrowded and under-resourced and they partner with us when they have a cat that needs medical care and/or urgent rescue.
In 2019, our rescue was able to save over 1200 because of your direct support of Carson Cats Rescue! We helped over 800 cats and kittens get into loving homes and provided vetting to 100s in the community that otherwise could not afford medical for their animals. We also were able to save over 275 community cats and return to the field that would otherwise be killed in our county shelter system. We would love to continue saving lives and we had hoped to help even more in 2020.
I know times are hard on everyone right now, but if you could consider donating a tax deductible contribution to Carson Cars Rescue, we promise we will keep saving lives and doing all we can to support the homeless cats (who will inevitably be the by-product of this crisis). We need to raise $15,000 to pay our vets, continue much needed medical procedures on our cats and cover our operating costs. We simply can’t continue to help save lives without your support and emergency funding.
We cannot thank you for your support during this time. Please stay safe and healthy and our prayers for a bright future to all.
Cyndi ZackoFounder - Carson Cats
All donations are tax deductible through our 501-3c! Federal Tax ID 46-4828084