Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Today we are talking to Beth from Forever Home Cat Rescue.
Beth, first why don’t you tell us a little about you and your history with pets.
I suppose I’ve always been rescuing something. From a sad little guinea pig in a Kmart cage, to a frightened dog running in the highway. I grew up with parents who loved animals and encouraged me to be crazy/silly about them. I could’ve been part of ANY animal rescue, but felt that I was best suited to help the cats.
What made you decide to start a cat rescue?
There’s a need for a cat rescue that is PEOPLE oriented. I think as animal rescuers we forget that this is a people business. I work with people far more than I work with the cats!
It’s so easy to forget to say “thank you”, “I appreciate you” and inadvertently alienate volunteers when you’re in animal rescue. There are too many people who think cat rescue volunteers are a bunch of “crazy cat ladies” - I really wanted to change people’s perspective about animal rescue.
I rescue cats to make people’s lives better!
Forever Home is a relatively new venture for you isn’t it?
It is! But I’m not new to cat rescue! I’m originally from Southern California and was involved with cat rescue there for about 20 years. I’ve served on several cat rescue Boards here in Toronto, so am excited to bring together the best of my knowledge.
I’ve recently applied as a registered charity and am anxious to get started. We’ve already rescued our first 3 cats for our new rescue – and placed them into foster homes…. ahh….so many cats to rescue, and so much to do to stay on top of it all.
Where do your cats go after they come to you?
The first place they go is to the vets for vaccinations, spay/neuter, flea treatment, deworming and veterinary exam. (Whew!) FHCR is a foster-based rescue, so after their trip to the vets, all the cats are placed in a loving foster home where they can be treated like part of the family until their forever home comes along.
What is your long-term goal for Forever Home Cat Rescue?
Wouldn’t it be nice to think that every cat had a forever home and I’d be out of a volunteer job? Until that day, we’re going to keep adding new foster homes, rescuing cats and finding their forever homes.
I would love the rescue to have a shelter, but that’s so far into the future! Right now, I’ll be happy to have all my veterinary bills paid on time.
Is there any way Pet Blogs United readers can get involve or help with your rescue?
Absolutely! If anyone lives in the Greater Toronto area, I am always looking for new and enthusiastic foster homes. If you’re at a distance, FHCR is certainly looking for monetary donations to help with our endeavours. ALL donations go directly to veterinary care for the cats! I also take towels and small blankets for the cats to lay on at the shelter. Most of the time they have nothing to lay on but one sheet of newspaper.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk about Forever Home Cat Rescue. It’s already starting to change lives and I’m so grateful!
Beth, thank you for sharing your story with my readers and especially all of the wonderful work you do!