So much has been going on that I forgot to post this!
A couple of weeks ago we received this lovely email:
I have a cat that I adopted from Toronto Cat Rescue several years ago, and I’ve always appreciated how easy and friendly the adoption process was. You’re a great organization.
I have what might be an unusual request. A colleague of mine is totally obsessed with cats. A special work anniversary of hers is coming up, and our firm wants to do something special for her. I noticed that the Toronto Humane Society has an option where a company can make a donation and then experience a “kitten visit” for a couple of hours, where coworkers at a company can play with a kitten who is up for adoption.
I was wondering whether TCR might be open to doing something similar. My law firm would love to make a donation to TCR if it means that our colleague could hold a cute kitten for a short while!
I do appreciate that you work through foster “parents” and that some coordination could be involved for the foster parent. I am more than happy to help coordinate that and cover some reasonable costs for the foster parent to come to our place of work.
Of course we said yes and I got involved when the TCR team was looking for kittens to attend. Who could be more perfect than Dixie and Jemma? They were both spayed, had just been cleared by the vet for adoption, had sad medical histories (that, frankly, tend to open pockets!), and were well-adjusted outgoing kittens! Perfect. One hitch; I couldn’t take them. So our new fundraising manager agreed to take them. They were joined by two other kittens from another foster home and by all accounts were a huge success. TCR made some money; the law firm had fun and were happy.
We are thinking about trying to make it an ongoing fundraising channel. The challenge will be appropriate kittens, especially at certain times of the year. But then maybe companies would be ok with particularly charming adult cats like Catticus or Norm!