It’s that time of year again: the TCR annual Bowlathon fundraiser.
In 2015, Toronto Cat Rescue adopted out 2660 cats!! And we rescued even more than that — there are plenty still waiting for homes. According to the TCR website, the average veterinary costs of a cat in our care are $250! Remember, fosters pay for food and litter themselves. The full adoption fee is only $175. Senior cat (eight+ years) adoption fees are waived for a donation of the adopter’s choice. Bonded pairs are $100 for each cat. However way you look at it, that leaves quite a shortfall to make up in donations. Never mind situations like Leah or the Himalayan rescue.
The Annual “Save Cats from the Gutter” Bowlathon is our second-largest fundraiser of the year. This year’s event is on Saturday, April 23rd. Teams are made up of three to six people but EVERYONE is welcome. If you, or you and a friend, want to participate, we’ll put you on a team, don’t worry. The location is great; walking distance to the subway and close to a major highway. For a per person registration fee of $100 you get:
- an awesome set of cat ears to wear while you bowl (see video)
- an even more awesome tail that doubles as a catnip-laced cat toy afterwards
- a great t-shirt to commemorate (and wear at) the event (I got a sneak peak and this year’s are gorgeous!)
- a goodie bag filled with both human and non-human treats
- an afternoon of fun and laughs (Honestly, I watched people last year; they were having a blast!)
- a pizza lunch
- the knowledge that you’ve helped hundreds of kittens and cats live healthier and safer lives!
If $100 sounds like a lot (and it is to me!) all you have to do is ask 9 or 10 people to contribute $10 to help cats. You’ll probably be surprised how generous people can be. Keep in mind that $100 can pay for a wellness check and vaccines for two kittens or a spay/neuter surgery for a cat or a vet evaluation and medications for a sick cat.
If you feel more ambitious we have great prizes for the top fundraisers. There are fun and easy ways to fundraise; have a pizza lunch at work, sell baked goods at work, have a garage sale, do a bottle drive, put a donation jar on your desk, save your loose change at home! Even small amounts add up. And remember, some companies have “matching donation” programmes for registered charities.
So get a team together, come on out, and raise some money for the cats! Registration opens later in February, so keep an eye on the TCR website or here for details (I’ll post them here, too.) And if you can’t participate, donations are always welcome!