Coronavirus Chronicles: Pet Rescues

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Adoptions, kennel space, volunteers, fundraisers and donations are the fuel that keeps Valley animal rescues running. When these essentials are strained or depleted, smaller rescues that depend on public benevolence may not be able to accept new animal intakes, and caring for residing cats and dogs is a near-impossible struggle. Here are five nonprofit, no-kill animal rescues acclimating to new ways of surviving, and looking to our community for a lifeline.

Eric Brown of H.A.R.T rushed to rescue this dog who was struck by a train to an emergency vet. After two months of healing, the pup was adopted through the Arizona Humane Society.

H.A.R.T.  (Homeless Animals Rescue Team)
Stats:
Established in 2011
Follow on Instagram at @homeless_animals_rescue_team.
Over 1,500 dogs and cats rescued and 5,000 trapped, neutered and released
Mission: To TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) stray cats and dogs to decrease animal casualties and advocate efforts to rescue abandoned cats, kittens, dogs and puppies.
COVID SOS:
While dealing with maxed-out kennel space, loss of volunteers and cancelled public interactions, including adoption appointments and fundraisers, H.A.R.T. encourages overall community wellbeing by safely reaching out to neighbors, seniors and family members. It also advocates support of other local nonprofits, emphasizing that “no amount is too little,”by donating pet supplies and funds. Support H.A.R.T here: hart-az.org/donate-2.

La Gattara Cat Lounge & Boutique
Stats:
Established in 2017
Over 700 cats rescued
Follow at on Instagram at @lagattaracatlounge.
Mission: To rescue cats and kittens and match each with a good “furever home” by providing a cozy atmosphere for both kitties and guests, without the stress of barking doggies, cages and pressures of traditional adoption agencies.
COVID SOS:
La Gattara lost the funds needed to sustain its lease and had to close the doors of their Tempe location. During this time, the staff is striving to move to a bigger and more sustainable location, projected to open this fall. While they are working on a fundraiser to aid in the costs, donations may be made at lagattaracatcafe.com. You can also support by sending supplies via their Amazon wish list.

Peace, Love and Meow Cat Rescue director of operations, Carrie Seay bottle feeds young kittens.

Peace, Love and Meow Cat Rescue
Stats:
Established in 2018
Over 175 cats and kittens rescued
Follow on Instagram at @peaceloveandmeowcatrescue.
Mission: To find loving permanent homes for rescue cats and enrich the lives of cats and people together through education. The organization is in the process of obtaining a 501c3 status.
COVID SOS:
Despite many successful adoptions over the pandemic, it has become difficult introducing adoptable cats to potential adoptive parents due to the loss of spaces like La Gattara Cat Lounge, which housed some of the rescue’s cats, and pop up cat lounges at PHX Animal Behavior Center. They are now exclusively working out of private foster homes. People can visit their website, peaceloveandmeowcatrescue.com, to see their adoptable cats and fill out foster and adoption applications. Donations may be made via PayPal at paypal.me/plmcatrescue and essential supplies may be donated via their Amazon wish list.

Saving One Life Animal Rescue and Sanctuary
Stats:
Established in 2009
Over 4,500 animals saved in Arizona and California
Follow on Instagram at @savingonelife.
Mission: To provide shelter and veterinary care to stray, abandoned and surrendered felines and finding permanent adoptive homes for those who are at great risk of euthanasia, while participating in the greater community’s efforts to reduce overpopulation. Saving One Life believes in TNR and education regarding the importance of spaying and neutering, as well as regular veterinary care including vaccines and microchipping related to pet ownership.
COVID SOS:
The pandemic has severely affected the financial donations that sustain the org’s animal-saving efforts. Additionally, the rescue helps feed over 60 cat colonies and in-kind donations like wet and dry food and cat litter have decreased, which not only provides for the animals in their care, but the cat colonies and pet parents who are financially struggling. Donations may be made at savingonelife.org.

 

So Many Cats (and yes, they help doggies, too)
Stats:
Established in 2013
Over 150 animals rescued since gaining 5013c in 2017.
Follow at @somanycatsaz.
Mission: To rescue and care for cats and dogs that have been abandoned, mistreated, injured, neglected or lost, while helping to ease the burden of overtaxed shelters by providing a temporary safe harbor until they can find their original owner or forever home. The rescue is completely volunteer-ran and 100 percent of donated funds support sterilization, veterinary bills, supplies and food.
COVID SOS:
So Many Cats has unexpectedly lost its lease and is currently looking for a viable new space with less than 60 days to relocate. In the meantime, it is working with foster parents to house its animals. Additionally, COVID-19-induced unemployment has resulted in pet abandonment, adding to the stray population, further impacting the rescue’s need for funds and resources. “Your donation represents not only your heart but a great deal of community value, and without it we would not be able to do this much needed work,” the organization says. Donations may be made via Facebook.

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