• Marissa Jane

February Fierce Females CARE

Hey There! I know it has been a hot minute since I have released a blog post. I have been preaching and practicing consistent actions around my workouts, nutrition, and flexibility; however, implementing consistency into my business has been a little harder for me. Luckily, I continue to learn every single day from those who have gone before me. I'm implementing some new strategies for March so that I can get you weekly valuable content. STAY TUNED!!!

I'm super excited to share my February Fierce Females with you because I have personally witnessed everything that these ladies have done for the community and for the helpless animals that have received so much care and love from this non-profit organization. CARE stands for Catz Angels Rescue Effort. CARE is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in Fremont, Nebraska. I'm honored to share their mission with you. Five of the six founding board members are pictured below (from left to right): Becky Pence, Peggy Peterson, Marsha Niday, Janice Pemberton, Shelli Wagner, Kimberly Hauser Mitchell (not pictured). Check out their story below!

Marissa Jane: What is the mission of CARE?

CARE: The mission of CARE is to benefit the health and welfare of community cats in Fremont, Nebraska through education, population control, minor medical services, and provision of appropriate shelter and food sources, thereby improving the overall health and welfare of the Fremont community.

Marissa Jane: How did CARE start and evolve into what it is today?

CARE: CARE began in the fall of 2016. The group worked together to trap, spay/neuter, and (for the most part) relocate a colony of cats within the city of Fremont. Over twenty cats were helped in this initial project. Once the extent of the community cat problem was realized, the group decided to organize and proceed forward, helping as many cats as possible. To date, well over 400 cats have been helped.

Marissa Jane: CARE is a 501c3 non-profit. How does CARE fund the veterinary care that the animals need?

CARE: CARE, a 501c3 non-profit, funds veterinary care for the cats through grants, donations, fundraising and adoptions. Many generous people have helped carry the mission forward; however, additional funding is always needed.

Marissa Jane: What is the biggest challenge CARE has faced and how did you overcome it?

CARE: One of the biggest challenges CARE has faced was taking on a hoarder house situation. Though still a fledgling group, CARE provided support and rehabilitation to over 75 cats and kittens from that one house!

Marissa Jane: How many cats have been spayed/neutered?

CARE: Over 400 cats (probably close to 500 now) have been spayed or neutered at the clinic in Omaha. CARE did spay/neuter for 56 cats alone in January of 2018.

Marissa Jane: How many domestic cats have been adopted out into loving homes?

CARE: Over 400 cats have been adopted out into loving homes. Potential adopters are required to fill out an adoption application, which requires a personal reference and the name and phone number of the veterinarian that will care for the cat in the future. Some feral or wild cats are released back out to farms with shelter/protection from the elements after they have been spayed/neutered.

Marissa Jane: What would you like to educate the general public about?

CARE: Our number one message to educate people about is to spay/neuter all cats until the day our community gets the problem under control. There are far more cats than there are homes. We want to eliminate the practice of needlessly euthanizing cats.

Marissa Jane: What should people do if they see a cat wandering in the streets?

CARE: If you see a cat wandering the streets, first try to assess if it may be someone's pet. Some important things to note: What is the condition of the cat? An abandoned/lost house cat will probably be disheveled, meowing or even bewildered at its predicament. They may go to a human, "asking" for help. Feral cats do not make eye contact with humans and see people as danger. They most likely need to be trapped in humane, live traps in order to be helped. In either case, please message CARE if you see a cat needing help! We want to help.

Marissa Jane: Do you have any exciting events or projects coming up?

CARE: CARE has several bigger projects to tackle in the near future. We are also very aware that kitten season will be in full swing very soon. Our goal is for the number of kittens born on the streets to be reduced with each passing season.

Marissa Jane: How can people support and/or get involved with CARE?

CARE: CARE is always in need of support and there are many ways to help. Please become active on our Facebook business page: Catz Angels Rescue Effort and check in on our website: catzangelscare.org There are fast and easy ways to donate/contribute on our pages. If you have supplies or other donations, please contact us. CARE is always in need of volunteers. We need fosters, trappers, transporters and especially adopters.

Marissa Jane: What is CARE's ultimate dream or long-term goal?

CARE: An ultimate dream or goal would be to no longer have a strong need for our services, by having the community cat numbers be drastically reduced. It would be amazing to see the day when all cats have homes.

I am so proud of this group of Fierce Females for taking their love for animals and turning it into such a huge service for the community. I can't believe they have helped almost 500 cats in a year-and-a-half! The magnitude of the impact that they are making is amazing.

If you would like to get involved, please check out their website by clicking HERE. There are so many ways to help! If you shop on Amazon or Chewy, please consider using the links on CARE's website because the organization will receive monetary kickbacks, which helps them provide veterinary care for more felines.

Help CARE spread the word about the importance of spaying/neutering pets to control the cat and dog populations so innocent pets don't have to be euthanized in overpopulated shelters. My last request is that you think about ADOPTING a rescue instead of shopping for a pure bred.

Thank you Becky, Peggy, Marsha, Jan, Shelli, and Kimberly for dedicating your time and resources for the greater good!

Sending you lots of strength and love,

Marissa Jane

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