Hello to our fans, friends, and fabulous supporters!
MAY 30th UPDATE POSTED AT THE BOTTOM!
Memorial Day weekend we launched our ‘Mi Catsu, Su Catsu’ capital campaign, and I hoped you would be kind enough to take a few minutes to read about our current mission and see if you would be able to help us.
Plain and simple, the Crash Cats and Sid's Kids need more room: room to roam, room to grow, room to expand their horizons. For the past 3 years our residents have been residing under one roof, occupying about 1800 sq. ft that has been divided into two separate spaces. This decision to house the cats all under one roof was not one made by choice, but rather necessity, and was meant to be a temporary situation. However, it is now mid-2020 and the cats are still a wee bit cramped. And because of space constraints our intake numbers have decreased, even though the need for shelters like ours has increased, in particular our sanctuary for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency positive cats. What has not changed over time is our deep level of commitment and profound dedication to the felines we serve (yes, 'tis true)! So, we are asking that you join us on a journey that has been a long time in coming. We recently found a location in Walker that would be a perfect destination for our facility - and this was no simple feat. Due to zoning regulations we are very limited as to where we can operate our rescue, and after exhausting many resources, hitting numerous roadblocks and frustrating dead-ends, we have come across a space that we could potentially claim as our home - and a future one to sooooo many kitties in need. However, even though leasing was advertised as an option, the building owners opted not to entertain our offer. As frustrating as it is to acknowledge, the fact of the matter is that even though our shelter passes it's yearly surprise inspections with flying colors, very few landlords are willing to rent to a feline rescue and placement center such as ours for fear of destruction to their property. Although we can respect that point of view, it saddens us that our highly respected organization was not granted more consideration.
We operate solely on generosity from the public, in the form of monetary gifts, monthly sponsorships, wish-list supply donations and the kindness of those who care for the kitties as much as we do. However, everything that we take in monthly must go to our daily operating costs, with little left over to spare to fund an endeavor like this. As you can see, this puts us in a bit of a pickle, so here is where our plea comes from. We want to be able to afford the cats in our care all of the creature comforts of a real home, as some of them may never live beyond our shelter's four walls. We want to be able to rescue, rehabilitate and house more cats moving forward, making a bigger and more appreciable dent in our community's stray cat population. We want to have ample storage, open space and a floor plan that allows us to create the type of environment we have dreamed of having for our residents. And this building offered so many possibilities and potential ~ almost 4000 sq. ft worth of opportunity!
The reality of the matter is that we will not be able to obtain this location and claim it as our new home unless we purchase it. Financially we are not able to do so on our own, nor can we deplete our current savings account in order to set down a healthy down payment. And moving forward, if we lose the chance at this building, we will still need to acquire a substantial amount of funds to start the process all over again. Commercial lenders can be hesitant to offer a loan to a non-profit like ours, even though we have been a long-standing member of our community for almost 18 years now, and I have been a veterinarian locally since 1995. So, we have come to realize that it is time to run a capital campaign in the hopes of raising money to be specifically designated for purchasing a bigger and better location four our kitties. In an effort to continue to remain fully transparent with our intentions, our goal is to set up a special savings account, so when the time comes and the right building lands at our feet, we are able to finance our future with a little less hassle and much more certainty. We understand this is a tall order to fill, especially during the current state of the economy. But the fact of the matter is simple: everyone intimately involved with our organization deserves better, from our furry little friends to our amazing volunteers to the stray community that we serve. We want to be and do better by all the above, but the bottom line is, financial constraints prevent that. So, we are asking for your help in obtaining this goal, to aid us in insuring the future we have long envisioned.
We promise to keep everyone updated as to our progress, no matter what course of action is taken, and we continue to be thankful for the support shown to us over the years.
MAY 30th UPDATE:
Hey everyone! So, we have spoken with our realtor and commercial lender and discovered not only is the building still available, but we are eligible for financing for a loan! This means that we can forge ahead if the donations keep coming in, and now we have actual figures for you:
We need a 25% down payment and the recently lowered asking price is $329,000, which means we must come up with $82,250 to be able to make an offer to claim this fabulous location as our own. Estimated appraisal, title and environmental study fees are $4000, so in total we are looking at $86,250. We also are aiming for additional funds to allow us to start renovations, so we have decided to keep shooting for the stars with our total goal of $100,000.
We realize this is a lot to ask for, but WOW, what we could do with this place to better serve the homeless, helpless kitties in our community!
Dr. Jen and the Cats and Crew