Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world, known for its captivating architecture, notable cultural diversity, charming tradition and exceptionally cold winters. Sadly, for the hundreds of cats that are homeless throughout Chicagoland, surviving winter has proven to be a challenge, but thankfully with the assistance of local animal shelters throughout the city such as Harmony House For Cats, as well as people with loving hearts, most homeless cats are able to survive the harsh winters.
There are many effective ways to help stray and feral cats survive the cold winter, but one of the most rewarding ways is by organizing a local cat rescue team consisting of volunteers who have a genuine love for helping cats in need. Organizing a rescue team is rather easy to do because of the numerous educational resources that are available at shelters throughout Chicago. The rescue team should include at least three volunteers who are able to provide a safe, peaceful, temporary or permanent home for the cats as well as access to veterinarian care.
According to the American Humane Association, there are about 3.7 million animals put to sleep every year, which is why it is important to keep in mind that cats often mate in winter and give birth to kittens in spring. To help reduce the number of homeless cats in your community, one of the members of your cat rescue team should have the rescued cats neutered or spayed by a veterinarian. This will overall help the uncontrolled breeding of cats and help cats live happier and healthier lives. Taking the time to save an animal in need is one of the greatest blessings one will ever experience in life and so many animals would live better lives if people opened their hearts to helping them.