The Issue: Feline Overpopulation and Euthanasia
A cat can become pregnant at 5 months old, and deliver a litter of kittens two months later. Over several months, one cat can easily produce 15 kittens. Approximately six–eight million homeless cats and dogs enter animal shelters every year across the country, according to data from the Humane Society of the United States. Roughly half of these animals are adopted, and the other half are euthanized. Spaying and neutering homeless animals helps reduce overpopulation and its result, euthanasia.
The Campaign: Spaying or Neutering Cats
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Pet Project Rescue to spay or neuter rescued cats. For every $60 raised, the organization can spay or neuter, vaccinate, and microchip one cat. Pet Project Rescue will perform these treatments on free-roaming cats, along with cats rescued from high-kill shelters, who will then be placed in barns on Minnesota farms. All donations up to $1,000 will be matched by Friends of Flicka.
Pet Project Rescue
When Matt and Maia, co-founders of Pet Project Rescue, first learned of the dogs struggling to survive on the streets of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, they knew they had to help. They founded PPR and began working with a similar organization in Mexico, Isla Animal Rescue, to rescue these dogs, give them medical care, and place them in foster homes in Minnesota. While waiting to be adopted, the dogs continue to receive vet care and training from PPR.
Today, the organization has expanded its focus by rescuing cats and dogs from local animal control and high-kill shelters. It also provides free spay or neutering treatments for homeless cats, as well as cats and dogs owned by low-income families, with the aim of ending the homeless-pet epidemic.