Dec. 2013, Sarasota, FL - As is true of so many charitable organizations, especially animal rescue groups, Cat Depot gives far more than they receive on a daily basis. They’ve been going the extra mile ever since that long-ago day when Ken and Linda Slavin, along with a core group of dedicated rescuers, stepped up to deal with an immediate emergency situation that could not be ignored.
Years later, the need to rescue and re-home area cats … while perhaps not as singularly overwhelming as it was at that deciding moment… goes on, and the now-extensive organization continues to fight the good fight. This is the hard part: the longevity.
While people tend to rally in the face of a clear and present danger, it’s the long haul that kills off so many rescues and burns out so many rescuers. The very purpose is somewhat self-defeating in that it isn’t like getting together to tackle a defined, short-term goal like building a playground or raising a specific amount of money ONCE to meet a specific need; this is the cause without end. It’s can be hard to hold on to volunteers and get them to focus on progress made and lives saved so that they don’t burn out: while we all hope to see an end to homeless animals, it's a BIG CAUSE, and we can’t even guarantee it will end in our lifetime. That’s a long fight.
Because of the ongoing strain and suffering and endless demand that IS animal rescue, there is ALWAYS a need to retain the loyal core caregivers while mining for new people, new sources of revenue, new energy… and Cat Depot has been doing pretty darn well fighting the good fight and keeping it going. What started with about 300 cats in need has reached out to many times that number in the years since.
In 2013 they had some significant gains to cite in their newsletter, sharing the glory in stating that in 2013 “Due to animal lovers like you, we:
• Rescued over 900 homeless cats and placed 800 cats and kittens into loving homes
• Sterilized 550 cats and kittens in-house
• Worked with animal welfare groups to increase adoptions and decrease euthanasia
• Distributed over 11,000 lbs. of dry cat food and 8,500 cans of wet food through our Community Food Bank
• Increased foster care volunteers by 45%
• Increased community resources and education
• Continued Cat Depot Emergency Response Team (CDERT) efforts with the ASPCA”
And PS – their Emergency Response Team is an equal-opportunity- emergency-responder that even helped save some dogs this year. (Shhhhh… >^--^< )
One of the year end traditions, the Atomic Bazaar, did pretty well by Cat Depot; they not only raised money toward funding the day-to-day operations of the facility (one of the most difficult areas for charities to cover), BUT as a special bonus the Bazaar's maven of many years, Adrien Lucas, ended up adopting “Jazz,” a Cat Depot kitty, to take home for the holidays and forever after. (YAY!)
Finally, I was going to be a spoilsport and not mention who beat me out of that most excellent multi MULTI-item raffle Cat Depot had at the Atomic Bazaar, but hey, it’s Christmas, so I (grudgingly) congratulate Mary Flanagan, winner of the truly GRAND prize. What the heck, the cats are the real winners, so that means we all win!
So here’s to a fabulous year past with hopes for an even better 2014 ahead as we ALL look forward to the day when we have no more rescue to do because all of the cages have been emptied, all the babies placed in loving forever homes where they live long, happy, spoiled lives as pampered spayed and neutered little furry princes and princesses.
Peace and Meowy Christmas to all … and to all a good night. >^..^<
PS - Despite old wives' tales, cats do NOT have nine lives, only one, so if you'd like to help some of them get the most of their lives you can volunteer at or contribute to Cat Depot, by contacting
Volunteer and Education Manager
2542 17th Street
Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone: (941) 366.2404