I got this email today and thought I should share…
Dear Purebreds Plus Adopters, Supporters, and Fellow Cat Lovers:
The air is getting cooler, the decorations are already brightening the house, and children and grandchildren have made their holiday travel reservations. The kitchen is fragrant with December cookery, and a certain furry someone – or maybe a hairless, wrinkly someone – observes the proceedings with more than casual interest.
“Don’t you need help stirring?” asks the Aby, who has already been reminded at least once not to hop up onto the table.
“Don’t worry, Mom. I’ll take care of any food morsels that drop on the floor,” declares the Ragdoll.
And as for the Chausie—let’s just say that it would be unwise to leave that meat in the sink while you go to answer the telephone!
On a more serious note, this is the season when many of us sit down to plan our end-of-year donations, a contemplative time in which we try to align our charitable gestures with our values. There is the food bank, perhaps also the literacy program of the public library, a church or synagogue, and a foundation looking for ways to prevent or manage type 1 diabetes. And then, the Aby hops up onto the table to remind you that there is that rescue where she received nourishment, affection, and possibly expensive veterinary treatment until the day when you appeared and the two of you changed each other’s lives forever.
In recent years, the continuing economic crisis and the rising cost of veterinary care have caused many rescue organizations to close their doors. Fortunately, Purebreds Plus has been blessed with great adopters for our cats, and many wonderful donors and sponsors. Thanks to your adoption fees and donations, we have weathered the economic storm and continue to operate during this time of great financial difficulty. However, in order for us to continue our work, we need to come to you and ask for your continued financial support.
This year, our group rescued many hundreds of cats who would otherwise have ended their lives at local animal shelters. Many of these cats were from people giving up pets in the context of foreclosures. Some cats come into our care with severe medical issues. One poor, brave little kitten named Piper just had to have an eye removed, on an emergency basis, costing our rescue well over $1000 dollars.
Please consider supporting our work by making a tax-deductible donation. Your donation, in any amount, will help us to continue our mission of rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing purebred and other exceptional cats. We hope to be able to continue not only to save lives like theirs but, in so doing, to enrich lives like yours.
You can make your donation online on our website, at http://www.purebredsplus.org, or mail it to:
Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue, c/o Cyndi Saxton
5939 Davidson Ct.
Valley Springs, CA 95252
Laurel Fagan, President
Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue
Angel had to have the same surgery as Piper – Twice, because when her eye was removed, a prosthesis was put into the eye socket, which her body subsequently rejected, so that had to be removed as well. She was fostered from late December 2007 until I picked her up in early October 2008 – nearly a year! She was just 6 months old when they took her in.
So if, as the letter says, you’re looking for a worthy organisation to send a donation, Purebreds Plus is a pretty great one to consider.
(And check out Canela, a red Aby who was just adopted. She looks so much like Angel it’s a little spooky! I would not be at all surprised if she comes from the same breeder.)