Annual Newsletter December 2008


Dear Friends and Animal Lovers, 

All of us at Love ‘n’ Care Pet Sanctuary (LCPS) wish you a very Happy Holiday and a wonderful New Year. We hope and trust that 2009 will be a good year for you and for us as well. We are now calling this our “Annual Newsletter” and expect it to be issued every year about this time so you will be up-to-date on what we are doing. Last year we were unable to send our newsletter out due to a lack of money for postage so we will combine information from last year and this year in this newsletter.

We want to thank all of you who have adopted from us, donated money, towels, blankets, or food to us, or supported us with volunteer work this year and in past years. We would not be what we are today without your valuable and continuing support. LCPS has now completed its seventh year dedicated to rescuing and providing care for stray and abandoned companion animals. We primarily deal with cats and kittens since the proliferation of cats in the wild is a major problem in Greene County and the neighboring counties – Albany, Schoharie, and Columbia. We help rescue dogs when the initial owner / rescuer can keep the dog until a loving new home is found. We photograph the dog and put it on our web site.

Adoptions. In 2007 we adopted 2 dogs, 17 cats, and 25 kittens and in 2008 we adopted 1 dog, 11 cats, and 36 kittens. We were even able to adopt Peg Leg, a 3 legged kitten! We are hoping that he will be able to avoid an operation. So far, so good. Both years represent a huge increase in the adoption rate from 2006! Since we are a no kill shelter we are falling into the trap that all shelters eventually find themselves in. All our foster homes are at capacity and the adoptable cats are mostly gone leaving primarily the less socialized, special needs, and senior animals. Unless we get more animals adopted we have no room to take in additional adoptable cats and kittens. We went a devastating 3 months this summer with no adoptions at all, but things have recently picked up. We believe this was because of the huge number of available “free” kittens, the high cost of fuel, the uncertainty of the economy, and the lower disposable income of our Greene Country residents.

Our web site, through Petfinder.com , continues to connect us to potential new parents. We have recently entered into an agreement with Adopt-A-Pet.com. When we add pets to our web site or revise information about a pet Adopt-A-Pet automatically sends the information to 3 additional web sites where our animals are listed. This gives us extra exposure and, hopefully, increased adoptions. To view our available pets please go to www.lcps.petfinder.com . Right now we have a number of adorable older kittens available. Rescued kittens and cats are wonderful and eternally grateful to us for saving them from a harsh outdoor life! They are loving, thankful, intelligent, compassionate, and intuitive and understand they were previously unwanted or abandoned and now have a second chance in life. You can help by adopting a pet or by referring us to friends and family when they are looking for a new pet.

We have spayed/neutered over 50 animals in both 2007 and so far in 2008! Many of these cats have been returned to their owners or the feral cat colonies where they were living, and others have been taken in for adoption. We selectively take in feral cats to tame and socialize them. This takes great patience and a lot of time to get them over the fear of humans, but the program has been quite successful. The change in a feral cat after it has been with us for a while is evident in the condition of its coat and its general health and appearance - good food and proper care do make a great difference!

We are currently caring for over 100 animals in foster homes and are helping to support almost 200 cats in 11 feral cat colonies! Our foster parents continue to provide food and litter for the animals entrusted to their care. We are frequently given animals that are not healthy. We treat them for fleas, ear mites, ticks, and worms and take them to the veterinarians for tests, shots, spay/neuter, and anything else they may have, like an upper respiratory infection or an eye infection. All of our income goes to paying for spay/neuter and medical care. We are continuing to participate in a reduced cost food program from the manufacturer set up by AnimalKindThank You Katrin. Carol continues to pay for cat food, litter and our devoted twice a day cat sitters.

The stray cat problem here in Greene County is still overwhelming! The local animal control officers have no responsibility for cats and ENCON takes no responsibility for feral cats. They are considered a domestic animal even though they are as wild as any squirrel or raccoon. So the only people taking any responsibility for cats are the private rescue groups. We need help from the state, county and/or the town but so far this has not materialized. The number of stray and abandoned cats continues to grow through breeding in the wild. We are given many kittens because local residents do not have the money to spay/neuter their pets or because they cannot catch the wild strays in their yard. We are also given older pets, which are far less adoptable than kittens, when people go into nursing homes or pass away. We wish the older folks would make arrangements for the future of their pets before a crisis occurs in their lives. If you put $1,000 in your will per cat for us we will take care of your cats for the rest of their lives and/or see that they get adopted into a really fine home.
We need your help. If you would like to help us as a volunteer to provide a foster home; set up a feral cat colony, assist with transportation to spay/neuter clinics or veterinarians, write grants; write articles for the media; or to set up fund raising events please call us. Here are some fundraising activities you can help us with:

  1. If you are buying DADS pet food please save and mail us the barcode labels. We get $0.10 for every proof of purchase.
  2. If you would like to sponsor a special needs cat for $20 per month please let us know and we will send you a photo.

Fund Raising. In 2007 we were approved to participate in the Capital Region Combined Federal Campaign sponsored by the United Way. We were green and did not understand how the program worked, but we were awarded slightly more than $1,000 in the campaign – thank you Joe Guastella! This year we applied to both the Federal Campaign and the Capital Region State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) and were approved for both. We participated in the SEFA fair in Albany on October 3, 2008 and took a table so we could introduce ourselves to the New York state workers by handing out LCPS brochures, refrigerator magnets, and cat safe Christmas tree ornaments hand made by Maria Mathisen – thank you Maria. This year we have our friends Helen Schneider, who works for NY State Department of Motor Vehicles, and Ellen Miller, who works for a federal agency both telling fellow workers who we are and what we do. We are hoping that by being more proactive we will receive a large increase in donations.

The Twin Counties Cultural Fund and the Greene County Council on the Arts have awarded us grants in both 2007 and 2008 for theater arts projects and performances spearheaded by our sponsored Project Director and Artist, Margo Muller – thank you Colette Lemmon. Recently we were awarded a $1,000 grant by the Heart of Catskill Association and Catskill Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from the “Cat’n Around Catskill” Cats Meow Auction and Gala – thank you Linda Overbaugh. Next year our volunteers will help Linda sell raffle tickets for the 2009 “Cat’n Around Catskill” campaign.

Our Community Outreach Program has been expanded the last two years. We have had a number of students here performing community service for high school credit. The 4 H Club has helped us with special cleaning parties and representatives from the Brownies, Girl Scouts, and Greenville High School have been in to help socialize our cats not familiar with strangers.

This past summer our President, Barbara Hulbert, decided that her duties at the Post Office were too demanding and time consuming and that she wanted to retire from the animal rescue business. We held a Board Meeting and Elections on September 19, 2008. The new officers are: President and Treasurer – Carol E. Farren, Vice President – Scott Symons, and Secretary – Eileen O’Shaughnessy Quinn. Scott is one of the founding partners and provides funding from the Symons Foundation. Eileen is an animal lover, advocate, and rescuer who participated on the Brookhaven Advisory Committee for Canine and Animal Shelter Affairs for a number of years. She is a welcome addition to the LCPS Board of Directors.

We understand that you are being bombarded with donation requests. If you can send us a donation, it will be very gratefully received and will be put to good use as we have no overhead expense. If not we fully understand and love you anyway for all your past support. All donations are 100% tax deductible since we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Make your check payable to Love ‘n’ Care Pet Sanctuary, Inc. and see if your employer provides matching contributions. Thank you for your devotion to animals. God bless you for your generosity and best wishes for a very Happy Holiday and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Sincerely,

Carol E. Farren, President and Treasurer
Love ‘n’ Care Pet Sanctuary, Inc.
7080 Route 81
East Durham, NY 12423-1159


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