"Cheltenham Cat Rescue came about as a means of trying to assist in providing a solution to a growing problem - that being the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of abandoned cats and kittens across Melbourne. As the founder, I had been fostering for some groups already but thought I could make more of an impact in setting up my own rescue group. Perhaps a moment of madness? :-)
Whilst an emotional rollercoaster to date, it is a journey I would not change for the world. In the 2.5 years we have been in operation, we have saved the lives of over 1500 cats through direct rescue from pounds and shelters through to community desexing programs. We are run entirely by volunteers who continue to inspire me everyday with how far they will go to assist cats and kittens. They are truly dedicated to the cause and we would not be where we are as a rescue community without them. The bulk of our volunteers are foster carers but we also have those who assist at stalls, events and even those who a part of our Kitty Cat Express - the CCR transport team. We are always on the lookout for people who would like to help us out in any capacity! Many paws...I mean hands, make light work.
At any one time we can have between 200 - 300 cats and kittens in care. It can feel a little overwhelming at times (especially the vet bills that can teeter between $2,000 and $10,000 a month), but the rewarding feeling of giving back to help those who really are at our mercy, is definitely what keeps us all going. And I am sure I speak on behalf of all those involved with Cheltenham Cat Rescue when I say that. We are in a unique position to work with the community and advocate for cats - their welfare and their health. And we are proud of what we have achieved and are grateful for those who also support us in what we do!
Read more about Cheltenham Cat Rescue's inspiring work on their campaign page: https://www.facebook.com/chelt
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