The Stray Cat Alliance in Los Angeles, California, is committed to educating and empowering communities to advocate for every cat’s right to be safe, healthy and valued by building a “No-Kill Nation, One Stray at a Time.” The formerly named Feral Cat Alliance evolved into its present iteration of Stray Cat Alliance. Along the way, it began a revolution of the best kind, one that would change the stray cat paradigm in this nation forever, and for the better. Where no resources previously existed to help cats, now a solid and respected organization flourishes with the promise of more good works to come.
Stray Cat Alliance recently came in first place for the Fund the Shelters Challenge on CrowdRise by GoFundMe, the world’s largest and most-trusted platform dedicated to charitable social fundraising. The month-long online competition by Michelson Found Animals, a non-profit committed to saving pets and enriching lives, and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations (NBC and Telemundo) raised a total of $1.564 million and involved 644 animal welfare organizations and thousands of donations from animal-loving people across the country.
“We are so excited to have won the challenge,” said Christi Metropole, founder and executive director of Stray Cat Alliance. “We were able to raise $266,000 in addition to the prize money from Michelson Found Animals.”
Many shelters become overwhelmed with unwanted kittens from March through October, so if you’re contemplating adopting or fostering a kitten, look no further than your local animal shelter. Kitten Season usually occurs twice a year, and in colder areas, once a year. During Kitten Season, shelters lack the kennel space, manpower and financial capacity to provide specialized kitten care to thousands. If a kitten enters a high-volume Los Angeles shelter and is not old enough to be spayed/neutered and adopted, it will likely be euthanized immediately.
In 2014, Los Angeles Animal Services was forced to euthanize 4,842 underage kittens. Michelson Found Animals Foundation Adopt & Shop does everything they can to save kittens and find them forever homes with their Kitten Foster Program, through which local animal lovers can care for kittens until they are able to be adopted.
Last year, Michelson Found Animals Foundation saved 1,653 kittens, with 1,395 adopted and 258 transported. There are currently 151 fosters at Adopt & Shop. This year in Los Angeles, due to the rain in the first half of 2019, Kitten Season was delayed and started in May. So, the timing and money raised during the Fund the Shelters challenge greatly benefited the Stray Cat Alliance.
“This will allow us to save the lives of more than 1,000 kittens, which will have a huge impact in our community this Kitten Season,” said Metropole. “Thank you to all the donors and everyone on social media who made this possible.”
Visit Michelson Found Animals Foundation’s page to learn more about Kitten Season and how you can help.