by Nomi Berger
Have you thought of adding some new and different resolutions to your traditional New Year’s list?
Have you ever thought of 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 rescued cats this year. Even if you choose only one, that choice will make all the difference in the world to THEIR world.
1. Contact NTCR and ask to volunteer for us. Because volunteers form the backbone of every nonprofit organization, no group can function successfully without them. Some of the areas always in need of extra hands include feeding, playing with and medicating the cats, keeping our facilities clean and safe, transporting the cats to and from vet appointments and helping with administrative work.
2. Ask one or two feline-loving friends to volunteer alongside you.
3. Click onto our web site and make a monetary contribution to us online either as a onetime payment or as recurring monthly payments.
4. Read about the various other ways you can help: from purchasing items on our ”wish list” and bidding on those on our Face Book page to using Shop Amazon online.
5. Follow our Face Book page, “like”, “comment” and “share” our postings daily, and spread the word through our other social media sites.
6. Instead of accepting birthday or anniversary gifts this year, ask your family and friends to make contributions to NTCR in your name.
7. Host a small fundraiser (bake sales, garage sales and yard sales are among the most popular) and donate the proceeds to us. You’ll receive not only our gratitude, but a tax receipt as well.
8. Attend our various fundraising events, spread the word about them, and bring along as many people as possible.
9. At your place of work, keep a container on your desk with our name on it, and encourage your co-workers to deposit their spare change inside. Once the container is full, bring the change to the bank (already rolled, please), mail us a check, and start again.
10. Sign petitions calling on your local government to ban the sale of cats in all pet stores unless they’re from animal shelters, rescue groups or people surrendering them for free.
11. Apply to foster one of our many available cats – from kittens to adults – and welcome him or her into your home temporarily until he or she can be placed in a permanent home.
12. Apply to adopt one of our kitties 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 your own.