The Issue: Cats Facing Danger from the Cold
During the winter, feral and abandoned kittens face significant danger from the cold, including frostbite and hypothermia, according to a report from the American Animal Hospital Association. Cats and kittens have to wade through the snow because of their small size, exacerbating the effect of the cold, and will curl up against almost anything to stay warm, including car engines. When people start their cars, cats that have made their way under the hood can get caught in moving parts and become seriously injured.
The Campaign: Rescuing Kittens from Winter Weather
If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Feral Cat Program of Georgia can rescue 10 feral or abandoned kittens from cold weather. Each rescued cat will live in a foster home and receive food and supplies to help them survive. A veterinarian will also give them one year of vaccines, a spay or neuter surgery, and deworming and defleaing treatments if necessary. Each additional $500 raised will rescue another 10 cats.
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Feral Cat Program of Georgia
Feral Cat Program of Georgia works with the community and a network of veterinarians to spay or neuter and vaccinate stray and feral cats throughout north Fulton and Forsyth Counties. Older cats are returned to their colonies and given food, water, and shelter by traveling colony caregivers, even in severe weather. Kittens are adopted into foster homes to help protect them from predators and foul weather. Volunteers help socialize these kittens, giving them both food and loving attention so that they can live happily in adoptive homes when they grow older. Foster families need to sit with them while they eat and pet them at least three times a day to help the kittens build trust in humans. In 2009, the program placed 228 cats into new homes and sterilized an additional 525 animals.