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