Check out the video above to see our new cattery space!
For those of you that have followed our #IF2015 journey from the start, giving for us to be able to place a deposit and first month’s rent on a bigger space, thank you for your support! Here is more of the background story on us finding this place.
Initially, we wanted to rent a space for the same price through sharing with one of our merchandise partners, Alfie De Meow, who needed to rent a bigger space by April. But we ran into a lot of obstacles: landlord disapproval of our use of space for cats, or spaces too small or without a lift that could not accommodate Alfie De Meow’s jewellery making machinery. Both of us decided that, if along the way of our search for a space to rent together, we found suitable places for either one of us, we would go that route instead. We had almost lost all hope after we kept running into obstacles, but all of a sudden, this space popped up. It fit our budget, was the right size, and the landlord approved of our use. If we didn’t stumble upon this place, we probably would have given up the idea of getting a new space.
Now that we are here, we are still appealing for monthly donors to our Boarding Fund to be able to make rent every beginning of the month. This is an urgent need that we need to fulfill, so that instead of appealing for funds monthly to make rent, we can focus on the work we are doing for the cats, and limit the appeals for donations to urgent, acute situations. A monthly donation from you can be set up over your internet banking platforms, as a standing instruction to our account DBS current 027-905975-3.
One of the greatest differences having a new space will make, is the separation of work and home for Elaine and Andy, who have been fostering cats since 2009. The space of a 3 room flat is not only limiting, it bears a huge weight on both founders mentally as well. We now have have a much more formidable volunteer force, built over the years, and the burden of care for the cats has been decentralised. We not only can increase the number of cats we can take in with a larger space, the care of the cats can be carried out autonomously by the volunteers without Elaine and Andy’s presence there all the time (because the current foster space is their home). Not only are we going to finally create a work-life balance for Elaine and Andy, this new space sets the path for greater development of leadership among the volunteers. Leadership development is very critical for any organisation to have continuity – and we are in this for the long haul.
So do help us out by pledging a monthly donation. It will help us stay in this new space, and ease the stress of making rent monthly so we can focus on cats.