On August 24th, during the recent riots, Kindred Kitties Adoption Center in Kenosha, WI was vandalized. The car lot just two blocks away from our Adoption Center was demolished by fire and many of the surrounding buildings were damaged as well. That hit way to close to home!! We quickly reacted, moving all the Adoption Center feline residents into temporary foster homes, and removing most of the supplies and important papers out. There is a great deal of uncertainty about when it will be safe for both the cats and volunteers to return to normal operations!
Kindred Kitties is a non-profit, all volunteer, no-kill cat rescue organization whose primary mission is to find loving, permanent homes for homeless cats and kittens. For 20 years now, we have been rescuing cats in a four-county area in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. During that time, in addition to rescuing and finding homes for nearly 11,000 cats, Kindred Kitties has been all about helping the people who love cats. We facilitate low-cost spay/neuter programs for owned pets, as well as support a vigorous Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program. We participate in community events to promote responsible pet ownership and provide guidance on the care and keeping of cats. And during these hard times, Kindred Kitties also provides cat food to a local food pantry to help financially strapped families feed their cats, which enables them to keep their special furry family members in their homes.
Kindred Kitties cares for most of the cats we rescue through a dedicated network of foster homes. In 2005, to provide additional space to house cats and to create a centralized place of operations, we leased a small storefront in downtown Kenosha. The Adoption Center provides a free-roam space for a number of our cats awaiting adoption. Some who reside there include several that have health or behavior issues and who will remain with Kindred Kitties for their entire lifetime. Until now, they were in a safe place, but because of the damage sustained during the riots and the continuing unrest in the community, the long-term plan for their care remains uncertain.
While the Adoption Center space is adequate, it is definitely not designed to house a rescue organization that is trying to help as many cats as possible. In 2019, Kindred Kitties began a campaign to buy our own building. We need a space better suited for our purpose: providing spaces for quarantining sick cats, areas that can accommodate cats with special needs, space set aside for the intake of rescued cats, private space for potential adopters to spend time with cats, and a facility with much better storage capacity for all the supplies and food that it requires to care for the cats within the facility as well as those in our foster network.
Kindred Kitties originally planned on the fundraising campaign to span five to seven years; however, with the recent rioting and destruction in downtown Kenosha, we are much more anxious to move out of the current location to a safer and more adequate space. And it just so happens that this year, Kindred Kitties has a great opportunity to DOUBLE whatever is donated toward the building fund. We have had a very generous donor come forward who will match up to $95,000 of all donations made exclusively to the building fund through the end of this year. Although we will still need to raise more money to move, the combination of $95,000 in donations, along with the $95,000 in matching funds will bring Kindred Kitties one giant step closer to our goal and will definitely expedite our ability to move from the downtown Kenosha area to a new and better space for all the kitties we rescue!