Winter and low temps have hit early this year in Northwest Arkansas. We woke up to freezing temps early November when the temps the day before had been a beautiful 70 degrees. If we think it's hard for us, these temperature fluctuations are especially hard on animals that live outdoors without protection from the elements.
Our goal for this season is to build at least 50 cat shelters for those cats living outdoors. These are often feral cats that live in colonies (groups), who may or may not be provided any food or water during these winter months, let alone protection from the cold. Cat can survive the winter temperatures but they need help with basic necessities. Hypothermia starts in cats at 40° F. Add wet weather, rain and snow, and this can exacerbate the effects of the cold and can lead to suffering, possibly even death. Cats that are old or young, and comprimised in anyway health wise are the most susceptable. Cats who live outdoors are very likely to have health issues that comprimise their ability to make it through the winter on their own.
A little about us, Mew Cat Rescue is a new foster based rescue saving and adopting cats in Bentonville Arkansas, operating only since March of 2019. We have no physical space and rely 100% on volunteers. We have no local shelter here, and even though we are doing the cities work they do not support us finincially. Our adoption fees do not cover our costs and since we are so new, we are still working to build our donor base.
Projects like this can only come to fruition with the help of individuals like you. Please consider donating to our cause of protecting cats this winter.