We are a small sanctuary providing lifetime care for cats in CO - 90% are incontinent. We are planning to add a foster care and adoption component as living in a group setting is not ideal. However, finding fosters or adopters in rural Colorado for incontinent cats is difficult.
Our board is committed to admitting only those cats we can afford to care for over a lifetime, which means we are now looking at requiring a sizable donation at intake - something I am not really comfortable with although it makes sense. There is little funding available for lifetime care, but if we are going to #savethemall, sanctuaries/lifetime care orgs will play an important role and need to find a way to pay for the costs - a catch22.
We hope adding foster and foster-to-adopt will reduce our population in group living and find other homes for some. Meanwhile, funding remains an issue. Due to a fire that was a total loss of our house and sanctuary, our self-funding is not going to work long term.
Any ideas? We live rural CO in the mountains where services and volunteers are scarce, which adds to the problem.
Colorado Companion Animal Sanctuary
Thank you for all you are doing for the kitties in CO! You have a unique situation and I can see the challenges you face are tough. Being in a rural area, your reach might be broadened by using social media to build a fundraising campaign - featuring positive stories with good photos of cats being loved, showing your work and mission. If you haven't already done so, you might also develop a relationship with the local and regional media - newspapers, radio, tv. They love to feature success stories with photos showing the difference your sanctuary is making that will bring attention to your sanctuary. You might take a look at these videos on our website to help give you some ideas on fundraising. They are presented by a variety of people in our field of animal welfare, people who have faced fundraising challenges of their own. We wish you every success!Digital Tactics - Campaigns that Bring in the MoneyOne Good Story Can Raise FundsFundraising 1.0: Grass Roots FundraisingFundraising 2.0: From Grass Roots to a Multi-Million Dollar OrganizationFundraising: Startup and Beyond - Part 1Increase Your Donor Base - Building SupportMake Money the Easy WayRaising Funds DigitallyFundamentals for the 21st Century Grant SeekerTips for great photos: Photos of Shelter Pets are Their Voices - Make Them Sing!
Thank you Allison...good ideas. I will watch the videos❤️
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