by Nomi Berger
Have you thought of adding some new and different resolutions to your traditional New Year’s list?
Have you ever thought about getting involved in the world of cat rescue, but didn’t quite know how?
Here then, are twelve different ways – one for each month – for you to resolve to make a difference in the lives of rescue kittens and cats this year. Even if you choose only one, that choice will make all the difference in the world to them.
- Contact a local cat rescue and ask to volunteer for them. Since volunteers form the backbone of every nonprofit organization, no group can function successfully without them, and there are many ways (it varies from rescue to rescue) to help out.
- Refer ONE feline-loving friend to the same rescue to volunteer alongside you.
- Click onto their web site and make a monetary contribution to them online either as a onetime payment or as recurring monthly payments.
- Purchase and donate items to them from the “wish lists” featured on their site.
- Follow their Facebook page, “like” them, “comment” and “share” their postings on a daily basis, and vote for them in every online competition.
- Respond with donations to as many pleas for funds as possible – from one kitty’s medical needs to GoFundMe appeals.
- Instead of accepting birthday gifts this year, ask your family and friends to make contributions to the rescue in your name.
- Host a small fundraiser (bake sales, garage sales and yard sales are among the most popular) and donate the proceeds to them. You will receive not only their gratitude, but a tax receipt as well.
- Sign petitions calling on your city to ban the sale of cats in all pet stores unless they’re from animal shelters, rescue groups or people surrendering them for free.
- Sponsor a kitty.
- Foster an available cat. Learn precisely what’s required of you, then welcome one very needy and deserving animal into your home temporarily, until he or she can be placed in a permanent home.
- Adopt a rescue cat and save two lives – the life of the one you’re adopting, and the life of the one immediately taking his or her place.
As for next year? Either continue working your way down this list, or resolve to draw up a list of you own.