For those who work in animal welfare, however, summer is a time of desperation. It means incredible demands on resources, and no way to cover expenses, because donors are away. For Craig Street Cats, summer means making heart breaking decisions every day. Decisions that often mean death for the cats we must turn away because we do not have the money to care for them. We have to say no 40 or 50 times every day.
Summer is kitten season. Over the next few weeks we will be asked to take in over 1000 kittens. We will have to say no to almost all of them, because we do not have the money to care for them. Most of those kittens will be left on the street, where 75% of them will die before they are 3 months old.
Summer means incredible veterinary expenses, because all those kittens we are able to help must be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Many of them are sick, requiring medication and multiple visits to the vet. Some need life saving surgery. Over half of our annual veterinary expenses are incurred during July and August.
Summer means deciding which bills to pay, and which to leave until next month (or the month after that), because there is no money to pay all of them and still feed the cats.
Summer means writing articles like this one, because every year people forget about the cats while they are enjoying their holidays. Today is July 17th. Craig Street Cats' expenses, so far this month, are over $25,000. Total income this month? Just over $10,000.
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