Half The Way Home is 501(c)3 cat rescue focused on the forgotten ones: the feral mommies and babies, the injured and sick, the seniors that deserved better than being left in animal control because they weren't wanted anymore, the itty bitty hissy spitties that with a little love will turn into the most wonderful kittens and of course, those in rural shelters with little to no hope of rescue. We are 100% foster based and hopeful this campaign can help us fulfill our dream to have a home for the holidays - a shelter!
There are many animal welfare statistics that can be analyzed to determine that Georgia is not a good place to be a homeless animal. In 2016, the Animal Defense League ranked Georgia as the 31st worst state for animal protection legislation. The Georgia SPOT society publishes heartbreaking statistics about the euthanasia rate in 16 metro Atlanta Animal Controls – in 2016, almost 16,000 dogs and cats were killed in those shelters, with an average euthanasia rate across those shelters of 27% and 25% of those shelters having an individual euthanasia rate over 45%.
Those statistics paint a grim picture of the situation Georgia's homeless animals face, and add to that illnesses, lack of socialization and age – characteristics of many cats who are surrendered to animal control have - it is downright depressing. There are many people who work together to make things better, and we have come a long way but have even longer to go.
That is where we come in. We specialize in what we call “last call” cats – those who are in danger of becoming one of the statistics. The last thing we think about when deciding to pull a cat from animal control is whether they can be adopted. Our one and only thought is getting them out. It is our goal to rehabilitate the sick and to provide love and kindness for those who cannot get better in their remaining days on earth.
No matter the outcome of the animals we take in, when they are with us, they are half the way home – either to the loving arms of an adoptive family or onto the rainbow bridge where they are welcomed by legions of our furry friends who have left us.
Half the Way Home was founded in October 2016, the little rescue that could…. And is. In the last 13 months, we have saved 1,400 cats (and the occasional dog and guinea pig) from death rows all over Georgia. With a sometimes never ending kitten season, it is rare that shelters don’t get filled to capacity and beg us for help saving cats and kittens. We take in everything from days old orphans to failing seniors, vet them and put them into our vast network of foster families who nurture the cats for as long as needed. Being foster based has its limits – we actively recruit fosters on a daily basis, but our capacity to intake and care is nowhere near our hearts desire to help.
It is our goal to one day have a shelter facility to be able to extend even more lifelines to our last call cats, but our model is a costly one and with each sick cat, the dream inches a little further away. This has been a tremendously difficult year for homeless cats, with viral strains that are no match for the vaccines we administer to prevent development of common illnesses that beset cats and kittens in shelter environments. Several animal controls in Georgia were plagued with deadly pan leukopenia outbreaks this summer, and we are seeing higher than normal incidences of deadly respiratory infections. We do not think about cost benefit analysis when we decide to treat a sick cat, and as a result we spend thousands of dollars each month at our partner vets around Georgia.
We are asking for your donation to help us achieve our dream, a home for the holidays. To allow us to say yes more times than we currently can. To help us change the horrifying statistics about euthanasia.
To bring more cats not just half the way, but all the way home.