Build a New Adoption Centre for Craig Street Cats

For: Craig Street Cats
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Organizer: Craig Street Cats
$76,392
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 900 donors
76% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Craig Street Cats is Winnipeg's largest cat welfare / rescue organization.  We care for over 750 cats every day, in our adoption centre, foster homes and managed community cat colonies.  We are the only organization in Winnipeg that is actively working to humanely reduce the number of cats living on Winnipeg's streets.
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Update:  May 28, 2015

It's been awhile since I posted an update, because we have been so busy trying to get moved into our new space.  The centre is coming along quite nicely, but we are still a little short of our minimum fundraising goal of $78,000.  This leaves us without the vital air makeup unit that must be installed before the cats can move into the space.  We have so many amazing people working hard to build the cat rooms and get everything ready on the inside of the centre -- it's hard to believe that just 2 weeks ago the space was just that -- a big, open space.

We are also smack dab in the middle of kitten season, with calls about orphan kittens coming in every day.  We have a wonderful new neonatal kitten nursery planned for the adoption centre, but, of course, it is not open yet.  This means that we are very limited on the number of orphans we can help.  Once the centre is open our bottle baby unit will be open 24 hours / day throughout kitten season, meaning that we will be able to save hundreds more bottle babies every year. 

You can be part of that. 

Your donations to our building fund will save lives. 

Please help.
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Due to circumstances beyond our control, we must find a new adoption centre on very short notice.  Our current lease expires on April 30, and the landlord has declined to renew it.  We had another space lined up, but the deal fell through at the last minute.  This leaves us scrambling to find a suitable space at an affordable price.

Regardless of the space we find, we will have to make significant improvements so that the cats will be comfortable.  We currently house over 200 adoptable cats and kittens, so it's really important to make sure things are right for them!

Our adoption centre fulfills many roles, and the new space will have to accomodate all of these:

  • housing for cats and kittens waiting for adoption
  • office space
  • retail space for fundraising
  • storage for food and supplies
  • work space for our colony management programs (trap/neuter/return)
We will probably have to build all of the things we need in the space, since most commercial landlords don't prepare their buildings to house cat shelters.  We will have to buy materials for this.  In addition, we will probably have to make mechanical upgrades, like air conditioning and air makeup units, so that the cats are comfy and sweet smelling.  Your donations will cover these expenses, as well as mundane things like moving our phones and internet accounts, and other things associated with moving to a new location.

To thank you for your support, we have put together some nice "perks" for your donations.

$25 -- Builder's Brick:  Write your name or dedication in a brick that will be posted on our adoption centre wall.  If you live in Winnipeg you can drop into our current adoption centre at 489 Madison St. to decorate your brick.  If you are out of town, we will gladly write your name or dedication in the space for you.

$100 -- Decorator Tile:  paint or decorate your tile however you like, and we will use it to decorate the new adoption centre.

$1,000 -- Brass Name Plate:  your name or dedication will be engraved on a name plate to be permanently mounted on a wall plaque for prominent display at our new adoption centre.

Cat condo or room dedications are available for more substantial contributions ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.

Thank you for your help!  With your support we can make this happen.

For more information on Craig Street Cats, please visit our website at:  http://craigstcats.ca

If you would prefer to support us with a cheque, please mail your donation to:

Craig Street Cats
16-1421 St. James St.
Winnipeg, MB
R3H 0Y9

Please note:  Craig Street Cats is a non-profit organization, but not a charity.  Your gifts are not tax deductable.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 28, 2015

Posted on May 28, 2015

It's been awhile since I posted an update, because we have been so busy trying to get moved into our new space.  The centre is coming along quite nicely, but we are still a little short of our minimum fundraising goal of $78,000.  This leaves us without the vital air makeup unit that must be installed before the cats can move into the space.  We have so many amazing people working hard to build the cat rooms and get everything ready on the inside of the centre -- it's hard to believe that just 2 weeks ago the space was just that -- a big, open space.

We are also smack dab in the middle of kitten season, with calls about orphan kittens coming in every day.  We have a wonderful new neonatal kitten nursery planned for the adoption centre, but, of course, it is not open yet.  This means that we are very limited on the number of orphans we can help.  Once the centre is open our bottle baby unit will be open 24 hours / day throughout kitten season, meaning that we will be able to save hundreds more bottle babies every year. 

You can be part of that. 

Your donations to our building fund will save lives. 

Please help.



Posted on April 25, 2015

Posted on April 25, 2015

We are overwhelmed with the support you have shown over the past few days.  Our board of directors and volunteers are working with professional trades people to get our new adoption centre ready as soon as possible.  Our office area is almost complete (it really only needed painting), and materials for the cat enclosures will be delivered Monday or Tuesday.  Those can be up and ready in just a few days.

Our only concern now, is the air makeup unit.  As of today we need to raise another $31,000 to afford the unit and get the cats moved in.  That will bring us to $78,000.  The other $22,000 in our original goal was for upgraded equipment, like the beautiful condos donated by Red River Co-op that are in the front area of our current space.  We can wait awhile for that.  For now, let's get that total up to $78,000 so we can get the cats into their new home!

Thank you so much for your help and support!

Posted on April 20, 2015

Posted on April 20, 2015

Things are moving very quickly, now.  We have possession of our new adoption centre, and are busily drawing plans for the cat enclosures and other facilities.  Many people have volunteered to help with construction and moving.  We have raised enough money to pay for all the materials we need for the interior renovations.  Thank you for your generosity!

Unfortunately, we will not be able to move any cats into the new centre because we cannot pay for an air makeup unit.  We are still over $70,000 short of our goal.  Some of that would have paid for items that we can do without, for awhile.  Most of it, however, is needed for the air makeup unit.  We have 11 days before we must be out of our current space.  We desperately need your help to make sure that we can take the cats directly to their new adoption centre.

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