Help Save Our Cat Sanctuary!

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Raised by 20 people in 24 months
Hi, my name is Kathryn Rushent, and my sister, Jessie Spiece, and I have been running an informal cat sanctuary in our home for 30 years now.  In that time, we've taken in over 150 abandoned, abused, or neglected kitties, loved them, fed them, paid their vet bills... and kept them and loved them until the day they passed.  Besides picking kitties off the streets, we've been given cats by neighbors, vets, and even pet stores.  Right now, we have 26 furry babies living in our home with us, ranging in age from ten months to fifteen years.

But now the Airdrie City Council has passed a bylaw that will only allow resident to have three cats in their own home, no exceptions.  It doesn't matter to them that this means local shelters will be overwhelmed (and there isn't even a shelter in Airdrie), or that many animals will have to euthanised because some people who have too many or can't afford the licencing fee will shove them out the back door.  

Bottom line: we gotta get out of this place, as soon as possible!  The need for homes for these otherwise unwanted pets is so great - and we love both the kitties and caring for them.  This is truly our calling.

But I live on a disability and my sister was forced into retirement three years ago.  We can't afford a downpayment on a new home in an area that would welcome our furries and ourselves, much less than pay off the mortgage here.

So I'm asking anyone who loves animals - please, help us save our cat sanctuary!  Help us continue to care for and love kitties, and to take more in whenever necessary.  The need for loving homes will never end, and we will keep doing this as long as possible.

HUGE thanks to anyone who gives, from Jess and I, and from Biggles, Stinger, Bibicky, Kallie, Nicky, Loki, Six, Jazz, Jetski, Jojo, Zammies, Nomi, Helter, KitKat, Tigger, Fluffers, BC, Leah, Furbee, Miko, Ricky, Misty, Honeybabes, Sylly, and Boobahs the seeing-eye cat for Bandy, our blind dog.
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A relaxed mitten kitten.

Please help us continue to give such a relaxed, permanent home to unwanted cats and kittens! Donate, share, like, tell a furry-loving friend - and THANK YOU for anything you do!
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A very relaxed Bibicky. I love the fact that our kitties are so comfortable and secure in our home, even after a much less happy earlier life.

Please help us continue to give unwanted cats and kittens a warm, happy home in this new year! Donate, share, like, tell a friend - just don't share your leftover champagne and chocolate from the celebration a few days back with you kitty, LOL.
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Nicky at four months. Nine months later, a tornado, constantly at play.

Please help us continue to give kittens and cats a happy home. Donate, share, like, play with a kitten - and happy first Monday of the new year!
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Jojo, celebrating Christmas on the table. At least we hadn't set it yet, LOL!

Here's to the end of this year and the beginning of a new one. Please help us to continue to give unwanted or abandoned kitties a warm, loving home. Donate, share, like - whatever you do, we wish you a belated Catmas and a happy New Year!
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Lila DeWitt
24 months ago

Good luck to you! PS: I am an old friend of Jessie's. I haven't seen her since I left Telus. If possible have her message me on Facebook. Lila DeWitt (nee Janischewski )

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$919 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 24 months
Created October 11, 2016
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24 months ago
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Kathleen Moran
24 months ago

For da kittehs!

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24 months ago
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Sumit Kumar
24 months ago

Good Luck Kathryn

Lila DeWitt
24 months ago

Good luck to you! PS: I am an old friend of Jessie's. I haven't seen her since I left Telus. If possible have her message me on Facebook. Lila DeWitt (nee Janischewski )

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