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All paperwork has been filed, and now we wait

We incorporated with the state, got an EIN, and filed our non-profit paperwork (thanks Alex!). Now we wait for the IRS to approve our non-profit status! Did you know that donations can be back dated to the date of filing? Please consider donating to us as part of your holiday giving.

What we still have to do:
  • Get a PO Box
  • Get a bank account
  • Purchase equipment (check out our Wish List)
  • And near future long term - open a shelter
The stray cat problem in Batesville is so much greater than anyone realizes. To say we have a cat-astrophe on our hands is an understatement. Trapping and neutering will only go so far if new and existing pet owners don't get their animals spayed and neutered.

I've seen this graphic a million times, but I wanted to share it again.

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As you can see from the graphic above, in less than a decade one single fertile cat can make the population explode. Due to the accelerated maturity of kittens, they can be fertile when only several months old. I'm being generous when I say this, but I think it will take us at least a decade to make a noticeable and meaningful impact on our current problem.

One estimate on the number of cats just in the vicinity of the Wal-Mart shopping center in Batesville, MS is over 1,000. The management of the store is not amenable to a TNR program and has threatened to call the police on anyone feeding or trapping cats on Wal-mart property.  I may speak to them again, but I don't have high hopes that they will relent.

That's just a few acres, but every business in town with a dumpster has a colony living nearby. Anyone who puts cat food out or is feeding a colony has cats living nearby. It's tragic, because most of these animals will not live more than a few years. If we can catch, neuter, and release the cats that aren't suitable as pets (feral), we will barely make a dent. If you're taking care of a colony, consider building cold weather shelters for them and getting as many of them fixed as possible. In this area, your best bet is HARP in Senatobia, or Spay Memphis.

We need your help because we can't do this alone. Please donate, even if it's $5. Every penny will be put to use. If you are over 18 and would like to volunteer, please e-mail us.


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