Giving back to those who have less, but especially to those who can’t actually say how they are feeling, good or bad, those who can’t defend themselves is a crucial thing. This is the main reason why Furrish decided to donate a percentage of the sales to Stray Cat Alliance, a place where animals feel protected, loved, they are definitely good-taken care of and now any of you can contribute to that by making a purchase here.
What is Stray Cat Alliance?
Mission: Stray Cat Alliance educates and empowers communities to advocate for every cat’s right to be safe, healthy and valued.
Vision: Stray Cat Alliance envisions a time when all cats are valued and safe whether in homes or communities and when shelters serve as temporary safe havens.
Stray Cat Alliance values:
- Every cat’s life as worthy and deserving of human attention, compassion, dedication and action on its behalf.
- The sheer joy, the love and utter magic that cats bestow upon the human race.
- All cats equally, whether in a forever home or free-roaming in need of human care and assistance.
- The power of education and knowledge, combined with patience and determination, to invoke understanding and positive change in outreach assistance to help cats.
- Its decade of victories for the cats in the key areas of rescue, adoptions and uniquely, in Trap/Neuter/Return.
- Its record of returning every single call or e-mail for support with cat issues.
- Its reputation as the go-to source for stray cats.
- The opportunity to advocate and positively influence perceptions about stray cats so numbers of supporters increase, along with the scope of such important work.
- The momentum of humane causes and how far they have come in this new millennium, and are excited about the future.
In 1997, Stray Cat Alliance did not exist, but an immense void did exist for caring citizens who wanted to help community cats. It was the year that founder and President Christi Metropole rescued her still-beloved cat Chloe from an untenable and disturbing homeless situation and was simultaneously introduced to her first backyard full of needy cats in Los Angeles. 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.
In 2000, as Stray Cat Alliance was incorporated as a nonprofit in California, its first “hotline” began fielding calls from hundreds of concerned citizens who also wanted to help stray cats but didn’t know how. Volunteers were immediately installed to staff the phone, which began “ringing off the hook”. Every day, Stray Cat Alliance receives plaintive and desperate inquiries about cats in and under buildings, in yards, on the street or in situations that are extremely dangerous for them. The organization returns every single call, providing timely, accurate and critical information that simply can’t be obtained elsewhere.
The volunteers of Stray Cat Alliance recognize that people who want to do the right thing often receive the wrong advice, and that results can be tragic. Years of assisting with the same situations has resulted in the creation of several unwavering positions on policy.
1) Concerned citizens call to say animal control officers have ordered them to stop feeding. Stray Cat Alliance urges those people to actually feed the cats, even if someone else tells them not to. To just stop feeding cat, dependent on a human for food, is cruelty to animals—they can and do starve to death.
2) Additionally, Stray Cat Alliance has encountered numerous situations in which other well-meaning individuals are told by animal control to trap the cats and bring them to the pound. The organization’s policy is to completely disagree and to tell people not to surrender cats to their death sentence. Stray Cat Alliance does not to support any city codes that promote cruelty and instead provides the public humane solutions about: spay/ neuter, moving, feeding, cleaning up fences, etc.
- A large hospital complex in Torrance. In 2006 and 2008 Stray Cat Alliance was instrumental in negotiating for TNR that positively impacted the lives of approximately 100 cats at this major medical facility owned and operated by the County of Los Angeles.
- Office of Veterans Affairs (VA), California State University campus, Northridg. In 2008 Stray Cat Alliance successfully negotiated with the VA for TNR of nearly 70 cats.
- TNR was declared legal, Beverly Hills. In October 2009, Stray Cat Alliance played a pivotal role in the passage of this landmark law.
- The PAW Project. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Berkeley, Culver City and Burbank enacted declaw bans in 2009
- Trap Depot Milestones. Stray Cat Alliance has documented nearly 10,000 traps lent for TNR since its founding, and counts 75,000 spays/neuters. The numbers are proof positive that our mission is making an impact where it matters most.
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