4. Determine a funding plan.
We often hear from organizations claiming they do not have money to institute a Trap-Neuter-Return program.
In the case of pounds and shelters, when they stop trapping, holding and feeding, killing, and disposing of stray and feral cats they realize substantial budgetary savings. But savings from implementing Trap-Neuter-Return programs are not limited to pounds and shelters alone. Other organizations dealing with adoptions, for example, will also see cost savings as Trap-Neuter-Return reduces kitten litters—and therefore also reduces resources spent on adoption.
Use Savings to Invest in New, Humane Programs
For shelters, the money saved across almost every budgetary line item can be allocated for providing humane services—including a Trap-Neuter-Return program, but also subsidized neuter services, adoption, and outreach programs—for cats.
Fundraise around your new approach
Improving your organization’s services by introducing Trap-Neuter-Return means that you are gaining a new fundraising platform. The public and foundations will be more interested in supporting your organization when they hear that you are adopting a more humane approach for cats.
Check out www.petsmartcharities.org, and www.petco.com for grant opportunities. Many of these grant programs are interested in hearing about a focus on the feral and stray cat population or on increasing neuter availability. For other fundraising suggestions, read our Fundraising Guide.
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