I was listening to Christmas Carols on a Buffalo, New York radio station. They were having a HUGE adoption and donation blitz for the local SPCA. It was impressive. They adopted 52 cats today and the public was really rallying around them. After every 3rd Christmas Carol, they would do a public service announcement about the SPCA.
There was definitely a twinge of jealousy happening. I thought about our cats and wished we had something similar. Then the Adoption Coordinator said, "Just $25.00 per month does so much for the animals..." and I stopped.
Sure. $25.00 X 12 months is awesome! But this shelter has EMPLOYEES. They have paid people to take care of the animals. What's the percentage of your $25.00 that really goes to the animal's care?
Yes, I know this is a touchy subject and I expect to get some crappy emails.
My own, sweet parents give to their local SPCA in Seattle Washington. They adopted a dog from a small dog rescue but STILL give to the big ol' mighty SPCA. They don't send it to our little rescue. I work 50+ hours per week for free and there are MANY MANY other people who do what I do and barely scrape by to pay their vet bills.
So where am I going with this? Give to the LITTLE rescues. Your money will go so much further! It won't go to somebody's salary. It'll go to vet bills. I have nothing against the big shelters who are trying to help the animals. Honest to goodness, I don't. But if you have $25.00 and want to spend it somewhere - give it to a small rescue! ALL of the money will go to the animals.
I rejoice every time I get a donation. *I* get the money. Not a paid administrator or staff member. It's just me and I shout out to David over the top of my computer screen, "Oh thank God...we can pay the vet this month!"
It's not just me - there are thousands of us out there working the work...walking the walk...and kissing the kitties. We're doing it all and making it happen - for the cats.