August is a big deal in the rescue world! It's better known as Clear the Shelters month, a nationwide pet adoption and donation campaign that helps find loving homes for animals in need. Since 2015, more than 860k pets have found their forever homes during Clear the Shelters month which is an amazing show of support for local shelters and rescues.
This year, Community Cat Club is hosting two adoption events for Clear the Shelters at our Petco Brooklawn Adoption Center :
This initiative is more important today than ever. The local shelters and rescue groups in Camden County, as well as the surrounding counties in New Jersey and Philadelphia, are beyond capacity placing many of our groups on an intake hold. Clear the Shelters month will help us literally clear space that will be almost immediately filled by our waitlist of cats and kittens we mean to help.
Here's why your support is critical!
Almost 6.3 millions pets enter US shelters every year
This number is based off of reporting to humane societies so it's very likely that this number is far higher when you consider independent rescues.
Around 4.1 millions animals are adopted from shelters every year
This means that 35% of the over 6 million animals that are surrendered to shelters are not adopted, which is a devastating figure.
Only 10% of animals brought to US shelters are spayed or neutered
In 2022, Community Cat Club was responsible for the sterilization of 154 community cats and 38 owned cats through our outreach program. We have already eclipsed our 2022 totals and it's only August. We're proud to do this work, but without TNR programs and affordable medical care, we won't get a handle on the number of homeless cats outside and in our shelters and rescues.
Shelters cost taxpayers up to $2 Billion annually
There is just a better use of this money that's not materializing. If this funding could be redistributed to measures that prevent pet homelessness and overpopulation, we could limit the number of animals being relinquished to shelters. Local governments can establish funded TNR programs for residents and they can incentivize veterinary groups to open low-cost clinics in order to provide affordable spay, neuter, vaccinations and microchips for their communities.
Only 8% of Households Foster a Pet
More foster homes means Community Cat Club and other rescues and shelters can take in more cats. Fostering is not only an enriching experience, it's life saving.
FEATURED CCC Foster
Flip Flop, better known as Flips, has been one of our longest foster residents after Community Cat Club pulled her from a local shelter earlier this year. Flips has a condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia, also known as Wobble Cat Syndrome. This does not impact her quality of life in the least but she does wobble around while she's on the move! She's been patiently hanging out in foster care while we determined what her needs are in a forever home.
Here's what we know : Flips loves attention! She adores receiving love and pets from her foster parents. She is also a master escape artist so don't let the wobbles fool you. She can jump and run like any other cat! Her ideal home would have a dedicated space just for her where she can safely explore her surroundings. Flips is also tolerant of other animals so she could cohabitate with some independent furry siblings but she'd also be perfectly content as an only child.
How can you support Community Cat Club for Clear the Shelters and beyond?
Become a foster! Community Cat Club handles all of the medical care and can provide any supplies that our foster families may need to care for our rescues.
Become a volunteer! We are always looking for help, whether it's in our TNR locations, our Petco Adoption Center, or at our events.
Donate to our cause! Monetary donations are pivotal to our operations so we can pay for medical costs, food, supplies, transport, etc. You can make a one-time donation or you can commit to reoccurring donations.
Shop our grocery lists! You can help us keep food in the pantry, fresh litter in the boxes, and keep our spaces sanitized by sending us items from our Amazon wishlist.
Sport our merch! CCC has some pretty badass merchandise available on our Bonfire shop. You can deck out the whole family and benefit the rescue at the same time!
Follow CCC! Keep in touch on our day-to-day and help spread the good word about what we're doing in the community. Follows, likes, comments, and shares on social media are the easiest ways to help us!