Today is World Spay Day! This international event is sponsored by The Humane Society to raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering pets. Today we are launching an ambitious fundraising effort – to raise $10,000 by March 31, 2016 to support building a feral cat enclosure at The Guild.
In 2015 we provided trap-neuter-release (TNR) support to dozens of cats in Northwest Connecticut, partnering with two barns where we currently manage colonies of community cats.
We have plans to expand our TNR efforts and to continue to raise awareness about ways you can support cats living in the community. A feral cat enclosure will allow us to safely house community cats either temporarily or forever while serving as an important educational tool for the community to learn more about helping our feral friends. We will be posting lots more about TNR, including a workshop on how you can help community cats during the month of March.
Until then, please check out our Giving Grid
And give as generously as you can!
Thanks in advance for your support!
We rely on volunteers to help us reach our potential.
- help keep our operation moving;
- free up our staff to focus on training, working with and adopting out our animals;
- help us stimulate, socialize and mentally and physically exhaust our dogs and cats, which is the secret to keeping them happy and preventing the deterioration that can happen in a shelter environment
- enable us to save more animals, confident we have a team able to care for them when we are operating at capacity.
January 2016 marked the reinvigoration of our volunteer program. We want to engage more members of the community in advancing our mission – and we are.
So far this year, approximately 25 new dog walkers have gone through our dog walker training and are regularly spending time with our dogs. With all the new dogs we have welcomed this year, the additional help has been invaluable to their adjustment.
Several students from area schools have been come in to help with various shelter-wide chores as well as walking dogs and playing with cats.
How You Can Get Involved.
We have a wide range of opportunities, including:
- walking dogs
- socializing cats
- doing laundry (you would be amazed how many sheets, towels and blankets we go through in a day!)
- working the front desk work
- other assorted cleaning and organizing tasks.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out an application [can we link to it?]. We will contact you to set up a time to come in.
Volunteers have the option of arranging a regular schedule for volunteering, or just stopping in as time permits.
Feral cats need help to survive New England winters.
In the fall of 2015, the Little Guild had our first ever feral/outdoor cat shelter-building event.
With enormous help from community volunteers, we were able to build and distribute more than 100 cat shelters to help keep feral and stray cats warm and safe over the harsh winter months.
One cat can have up to 100 kittens in her lifetime. Feral cat populations can explode overnight, making it difficult for them to survive.
The Little Guild recently launched our first-ever trap-neuter-return (TNR) program. We have trapped, neutered and returned feral cats in two Cornwall barns.
The process involves:
- humanely trapping the entire colony of cats;
- bringing them for veterinary care including altering, ear tipping (a painless surgical procedure where a small part of the ear tip is removed to denote that the cat has been altered) and the first round of vaccinations; and
- returning them to their colonies with a designated caretaker to feed and look after the cats. This allows the cats to live out the rest of their lives without further procreation.
Indy and Mallory entered our rescue in September of 2015. Indy (black) is the mother of Mallory and both girls are seniors (9 and 8 years old respectively). They were previously from a shelter down south and were taken in after they were found roaming on multiple occasions. They waited for over 6 months at that shelter with no luck of finding a home together before coming to the Little Guild. Even here at the Little Guild these girls waited months for someone to see the beauty in them that was so evidently clear to all of us who know them so well.
Then it happened, on Saturday January 30th, a couple came in and within minutes knew that Indy and Mallory were the dogs they had been looking for. With wagging tails, teary eyes, and warm hearts, these girls walked out of the building with their newly found family. We all knew that where Indy and Mallory were heading to next was exactly where they were always meant to be. The moral of the story is to take a chance on a rescue dog. You may walk into a shelter looking for a specific breed or a specific age but you will just end up limiting your options and potentially missing out on the dog that was meant for you all along.