Chalky’s Cat Crusade is a Tampa based nonprofit on a mission to humanely reduce the population of homeless cats in the City of Tampa through targeted Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR).
Our organization is 100% volunteer based and we receive no funding from local, state or federal governments. This year alone we have already helped almost 200 cats & kittens! Even during a pandemic, we do not stop. With your help this number can increase even more!
Our main hurdle right now is funding a recovery/holding and socialization structure so that all cats & kittens in need have an immediate safe space to reside in. Recovering cats need to be kept in a climate-controlled environment to avoid over heating or hypothermia. Florida is generally HOT , HUMID, rainy and full of mosquitos and other predators so outdoor recovery is not ideal, especially in long term situations. It is possible for a cat to die from hypothermia or heat stroke when confined in a trap outside.If it is too hot or cold outside for us, then it is too hot or cold for the cats to be sitting in a trap.
This is where animal lovers and advocates like YOU can help! All donors (unless anonymous),will have their name shown on a plaque that will be placed on the shed to show our gratitude!
Our goal is to purchase a 10x14 Tuff Shed (it’s like a mini house!) which will be equipped with electric & insulation so that air conditioning, fans and lighting can be installed. This is a huge expense for a small rescue but in order to save more lives it is essential.
At this moment we have no indoor recovery area which hinders our ability to take in cats and kittens in need of emergency medical care or recovery. A shed of this size would be able to accommodate approximately 30 TNVR recoveries as well as multiple crates and enrichment areas for extended stay recovering cats & kittens awaiting placement.
Our current quote for this structure is $4,300. This does not include preparation of the base, finishing work such as insulation and drywall or the electrician, permits, air-conditioning unit or light fixtures. With these additional expenses we estimate a final cost in the range of $6500.-$7000. Please share far and wide and check out our social media for updates!