Sponsorship Program Overview
Animals needing guardian angels
Katie’s Place takes many animals that have no other place to go. While we hope for a very special home for each very special individual, the reality is that due their special circumstances, many of them will live out their lives in our sanctuary care. They are animals who are hard to adopt out because they’re older or shy or feisty or have a medical condition. Some of them are hard-to-place just because they look too ordinary and they’ve waited for their chance for months or years. While there are so many homeless cats in the world, even the perfect ones sometimes have trouble finding a home.
If you would like to take a special group of animals under your wing, the Sponsor program entitles you to receive a Certificate of Sponsorship for the Group(s) of your choice via mail (or email if you prefer) and quarterly updates for $15 per month for 6 or 12 months at a time.
Examples of the kind of hard-to-place animals we’ve had
Sparky came to us in January ’04, a fearful, tattered street cat who had struggled to survive on his own for more than a year. He backed into a far corner as we tried to get his picture (left photo above). Eventually he learned to trust us and he relaxed (middle photo). But though he was an affectionate fellow, he had ongoing issues with scabby skin and sparse fur due to a persistent flea allergy. These issues made him hard-to-place. Despite that, he was adopted by a loving family, and the right photo shows the blissful pet he became. He was adopted in December ’04. That was the best Christmas present he’d ever had.
Another animal always arrives to fill the vacancy. Phoenix (below) arrived in June ’05 covered with mats, some as large as her head, and with teeth so bad that our vet had to remove them all. (No wonder her mats were so bad, grooming must have been an agony!) She was already spayed so somebody had loved her once. But that may have been a long time ago because she was about 10 years old.
Where your sponsorship fees go
Sponsorship will provide basics such as food and vet care. Your money goes directly to all the animals at Katie’s place. Less than three percent of our funds are spent on maintenance (eg. phone, bank fees, insurance). Nobody who works at Katie’s Place receives any kind of remuneration.
There are different costs associated with all our animals. An elderly animal may require ongoing medication for a chronic condition, and some injured animals have had surgeries totaling hundreds of dollars. But a shy animal may need no more than altering, tattooing and vaccinating. Many of the animals we take in require veterinary care. It can end up being expensive, but as long as their lives have meaning for them, we will do whatever it takes to make them comfortable. Only when life becomes a burden for them will we help them pass.
Many of the cats we take are highly adoptable except for a fixable medical problem. Fletcher needed surgery for his eyes. Otherwise he was healthy and friendly and now has a home. The vet determined that Swayze had ingested some kind of poison which affected his balance. But this lovable cat recovered and was adopted. Many need their matted fur shaved; many need dental work… homeless cats arrive with issues more often than not.
If you would like to become a sponsor, kindly complete the following information:
*Please note that as we are all volutneers, it will take 4 – 6 weeks from receipt of payment to process your Sponsorship. Please contact us if you have not received your documentation within 6 weeks of sending your payment. Thank you for your support.