Friends of Feral Cheshire Cats (FFCC) has received an early holiday surprise. A passionate advocate for cats in the Cheshire area has pledged to match all donations made to the local nonprofit by Dec. 25 — up to $15,000.
The challenges of COVID-19 have impacted animal welfare organizations throughout the country and FFCC has not been spared. During the spring, area spay/neuter clinics were closed as spay/neuter surgery is considered to be elective surgery by the American Veterinary Medical Association and personal protective equipment used by clinics were needed for hospitals treating large numbers of COVID-19 patients. This closure happened at the most critical time of the year for spay/neuter — kitten season.
“Because access to spay/neuter surgery was not available until mid-May, we saw many more litters of kittens being born to stray and feral cats in Cheshire and the surrounding communities,” said Kerry Bartoletti, co-founder of FFCC. “We have been playing catch-up all summer and fall and many cats will benefit from this amazing matching donation challenge moving forward!”
Experts agree spay/neuter surgery is the one humane way to stop unnecessary suffering of innocent animals and end the ongoing crisis of cat homelessness, abandonment and abuse.
Supporters can help by donating online at www.feralct.org or by sending a check to FFCC, P.O. Box 946, Cheshire, CT 06410.