Friday, September 22, 2017 at 1:35 pm

A New Start Kitty Rescue Shelter is in need of help

posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, Castile, pets.

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Information sourced from a press release, file photo

Because cats breed so readily, a few unsprayed female cats can quickly turn a few strays into an unmanageable hoard. Due to the number of hoarding situations addressed in 2016, New Start Kitty Shelter adopted out 789 cats.

To facilitate these adoptions without adding to the cat population, the Castile-based rescue spends up to $1,000 to $3,000 a month on spay/neuter alone. Some months it came to $5,000 to $6000. Most of the grants available are designated for low-cost spay/neuter of owned cats. There is also assistance through a coupon payment plan.

While the low-cost spay/neuter program is important for the community, it does not support cats that come from hoarding, strays, or from owner surrenders to the shelter.

"As always, there were no shortages of cats to rescue and shelter during the past year," said A New Start Kitty Rescue Shelter's Co-President Vickie Bly at its recent annual meeting. "We were crazy busy last year…cleaning up messes where people have accumulated cats that have not been spayed."

The Kitty Rescue is an all-volunteer organization that provides services to Wyoming and surrounding counties. Operating on a $30,000 yearly budget, the funding comes from direct donations and fundraisers held throughout the year.

Officials say, while their fundraising efforts are fruitful, they are still a few thousand dollars short for the upcoming winter months.

In addition to direct donations, volunteers are needed for cleaning the shelter and litter boxes, assisting or organizing fundraisers, transportation, and cuddling frightened kittens. Donations are also needed for raffle baskets, food, and scoopable litter.

Donations can be sent to 6342 Denton Corners Road, Castile.

For more information on A New Start Kitty Shelter visit volunteers at the AppleUmpkin Festival this Saturday and Sunday in Wyoming or call (585) 493-5206.

For information on low-cost spay/neuter call (585) 493-5956.

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