In the course of the third annual Hope for the Holidays program final month, Paws and Claws Cat Rescue gave vacation presents to 75 felines. The native cat rescue shelter works to save lots of cats that face the danger of euthanization. They started the fundraising initiative for the cats in December which is ready to proceed till mid-January, as per The Daily Northwestern. Via this program, individuals can provide for a cat by overlaying the meals and care prices for the animal throughout the vacation interval.
The price to assist every cat is completely different, relying on components comparable to particular food regimen necessities and medical procedures. To date, the marketing campaign has introduced the eye of roughly 50 donors.
Ashlynn Boyce, who began Paws and Claws and presently acts as the manager director, has expressed immense delight in this system’s accomplishments. Nevertheless, she admitted that the mission carries a contact of melancholy.
Boyce highlighted that quite a few cats are having fun with a safe holiday for the primary time, the place they obtain care and affection. This side is actually pleasant, she famous. But, she added that “they aren’t of their without end dwelling,” indicating a barely heartbreaking facet to the state of affairs.
Paws and Claws have a number of different tasks aiming to generate funds to take care of feline well being till they safe a everlasting dwelling, she famous. One such mission is the Paw Print Membership. This month-to-month membership supplies donors with advantages together with merchandise, unique previews of occasions, and even the prospect to name a cat. Presently, the membership has 170 members contributing differing quantities ranging from $10 per thirty days, stated Boyce.
Humble beginnings and devoted volunteers
In Might 2023, Paws and Claws launched its first facility. The group previously operated completely on a foster-based system — a component that Boyce emphasizes stays important to their operation. At current, the shelter oversees roughly 100 cats in foster care, offering full assist with meals, provides, and medical therapy. Notably, many Northwestern undergraduates and postgraduates tackle the position of foster parents, Boyce identified.
“It’s very nice for college students, particularly those that are actually lacking their pets again at dwelling however can’t decide to long-term adoption,” she stated. She additionally said that the shelter’s operation is primarily driven by the 170 volunteers at Paws and Claws, which solely has three paid employees members.
Future Reinhardt — a volunteer at Paws and Claws — stated that together with feeding the cats and sustaining cleanliness on the facility, they construct particular bonds with them throughout their weekly shifts. After adopting a kitten from Paws and Claws the earlier 12 months, which she confessed to having fallen in love with, Reinhardt has discovered volunteering extremely rewarding. She particularly enjoys witnessing the cats steadily getting accustomed to people and seeing their personalities evolve over time.
Paws and Claws celebrated a record-breaking 12 months in 2023 with their highest adoption numbers and the rescue of 514 cats, Boyce confirmed. Sean Johnson, Cat Care Supervisor at Paws and Claws, said that almost all of those rescued felines have been from under-resourced animal management services or municipal shelters, primarily from the Chicagoland space and additional afield.
Johnson revealed that in 2024, the shelter aspires to save lots of a complete of 1,000 cats and steadily make use of a veterinary practitioner for very important medical remedies. He’s optimistic about Paws and Claws attaining these targets.
“It’s a really massive objective,” Johnson stated. “We’re going to wish numerous assist from volunteers and fosters.”