State of the Shelter Address
It is hard to believe that it has been almost five years since we moved into our beautiful new home in January of 2011! Heartfelt thanks to all our many friends, volunteers and donors who continue to support us. We owe so much to so many!
Since our move, in January, 2011, CAP has continued to increase the number of animals we provide services for at our shelter. In 2014, CAP provided care for 12,565 animals. This included animals in the shelter and foster care, surrendered pets, animals transferred in from animal control agencies, feral cats trapped/neutered/returned and animals who we provided services for in our low cost vaccination clinic.
The number of animals adopted, returned to owners, transferred to breed rescue groups, feral cats TNR'd (trapped/neutered/released) and animals serviced in our vaccination clinic was 9,483. Another 570 animals were in foster care and the shelter at the end of 2014.
In addition, CAP's Feral Cat Assistance Program (FCAP) trapped/neutered/returned 3,183 feral cats to their colonies in the community. 1,634 were females and 1,549 males. According to national statistics, a mating pair of feral cats can produce 370,092 kittens in 7 years. This many fewer feral cats that will not be on the streets of Houston is a staggering accomplishment in itself!
Our on-site clinic continues to provide medical care and spay/neuter surgery for all adopted animals before they go to their new homes. Two staff veterinarians and animal care technicians keep it operating, six days a week. In 2014, we opened our Low Cost Wellness Clinic where we provide vaccinations and micro-chipping for the public.
Each one of the dear four-legged creatures who come through our doors receives loving care and undivided attention thanks to an army of volunteers who work in the shelter as well as in our clinic. They clean crates and habitats, prepare food for the animals, wash food bowls, walk dogs and cuddle puppies and kittens. 30,588 hours of volunteer service were donated in 2014, which includes 7,370 hours donated by 90 Feral Cat Assistance Program (FCAP) volunteers. In addition, community service volunteers donated 13,682 hours!
We are excited to tell you that we initiated our “Kids & Kritters” Summer Camp in 2014. That year, we reached a total of 31,777 children and adults through our Humane Education and Community Outreach programs: trade shows, festivals, schools, libraries, Adopt-a-Classroom, speaking engagements, interviews, mentoring and special projects, in-house educational presentations to school groups, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, as well as to children celebrating their birthdays at the shelter!
As we begin a new year, we invite you to visit CAP's state-of –the-art shelter and see for yourself how people like you have made a difference. There are so many ways for you to help, and we would love to work side by side with you to fulfill our mission of sheltering, rescuing and placing homeless animals in loving homes, in addition to advocating respect and compassion for all animal life.