Cat Rescue Network?
I was disturbed to read Elisa’s article about the dire state of cat rescue in her area: Cat Rescues are Struggling. There are very few people who want to adopt rescue cats at the moment it seems (Dec 2011). This is obviously related to the financial downturn. People are looking for ways to trim their household budgets. This leads to people who are borderline cat caretakers abandoning the idea of keeping a cat or not replacing a cat that has passed on. The burden is then taken up by the cat lovers involved in cat rescue who become overly burdened themselves.
It occurred to me that there may be places in the USA where there is a greater demand for cat companions. I don’t know. Is the area where Elisa lives typical of all of the USA in relation to the adoption of rescued cats? It might be but do we know?
If it is conceivable that some other places have more willing adopters then is it possible to ship the cats to those places? This is probably impractical. But it may be that 100 miles away things are different. There may be small areas where there are people who want to adopt rescue cats and which are not that far away.
I may be barking up the wrong tree but is there a state wide or even nationwide coordination center for cat rescue organisations?
Ultimately it is a question of putting a “buyer” in touch with a “seller” to use crude commercial language. I know cat rescuers advertise on the internet but that is not the complete answer to connecting rescue cat to human companion. It may be that a lot of good potential adopters are older people who don’t even go on the internet. Older people are better cat caretakers anyway because they are around the home much more.
So, I would like to know what the cat rescue facilities do in terms of thinking out of the box to connect cat with person. Any ideas? Can we help?
I think everyone involved needs to think laterally as the financial problem is going to be with us for a long time. I don’t see quick change. It may even get worse and probably will because we have massive national debt still on either side of the Atlantic and that will take many years to get down. There will be great resistance to dealing with it because people have got used to spending more that they earn (at a national level).