Kickstarter Product of the Month: The Cat Rescuers

ALL PHOTO CREDIT TO KICKSTARTER AND THE CAT RESCUERS

ALL PHOTO CREDIT TO KICKSTARTER AND THE CAT RESCUERS

One thing we can say definitely about Modern Pet Living is that we all have the utmost compassion and love for all of the strays out there in the streets and for the dogs and cats who end up in shelters. Whenever there is a chance, we feel need to drive even greater support toward the welfare of these animals who are in dire need of compassion, care and above all, a home with a loving family.

To anyone with a pulse on animal or pet welfare in the United States, the fact that this country is suffering from numerous pet overpopulation problems will come as no surprise to you. While the problem of strays, feral animals or general pet overpopulation may be 'out of sight and out of mind' in most areas of the country, the number of cats and dogs entering shelters in the United States is approximately 6 to 8 million each year.

While most governments and organizations have failed to stem the tide of this trend, many animal-loving citizens have taken the solutions to this problem into their own hands to tackle this tend. Tackling this very problem on the streets of New York City is what our featured Kickstarter Product of the Month seeks to do.

 
ALL PHOTO CREDIT TO KICKSTARTER AND THE CAT RESCUERS

ALL PHOTO CREDIT TO KICKSTARTER AND THE CAT RESCUERS

At the heart of The Cat Rescuers is the story of a major animal welfare crisis that is occurring in our midst, a crisis which has millions of abandoned and feral cats living on the streets of the New York City metro area. 

Because the city cannot possibly handle a problem of this magnitude, hundreds of cat-loving activists have taken to the streets to implement a TNR (Trap Neuter Return), a strategy that, along with adoptions, can humanely control and reduce the population if implemented correctly.

The Cat Rescuers Documentary seeks to tell the story of four of these street-smart, dedicated volunteers from Brooklyn. While centered around these four activists, the documentary is fundamentally one about a story that taking place in cities and towns all across the United States. 

For the last three years The Cat Rescuers have been filming the efforts of Claire, Sassee, Stu and Tara - all rescuing and volunteering in Brooklyn where the problem has exploded over the past decade. Like first responders, they hit the streets any time of the day or night to save cat lives. To do this heroic work they’ve each made personal and financial sacrifices, but their love of cats and animals in general has kept the passion for their mission alive.

 
ALL PHOTO CREDIT TO KICKSTARTER AND THE CAT RESCUERS

ALL PHOTO CREDIT TO KICKSTARTER AND THE CAT RESCUERS

 

Trap. Neuter. Return (TNR)

While we've come out in greater support of a "Trap. Evaluate. Neuter. Vaccinate. Adopt. Contain. (TENVAC)" strategy as a means to fix the problem of homeless and feral pets in the past, we also believe that a "Trap. Neuter. Return (TNR)" is a more cost-effective strategy in the race to cure the wide spread problem of homeless and feral cats.

Endorsed by the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States, rescuers practicing TNR do the following: 

  1. Humanely trap a cat.
  2. Get it spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and ear-tipped, the universal symbol that a cat has been neutered.
  3. Assess the cat, and if it’s adoptable, help find it a forever home.
  4. Return the unacceptable feral cats to their cat colony to live out their days peacefully.

While no solution to this problem is entirely bulletproof or 110% perfect for protecting animal welfare, we believe the Cat Rescuers are going about this with the best of intentions and the best methods available to them with all constraints considered. Their efforts cannot be appreciated enough.

 

Impact & Advocacy

By supporting the The Cat Rescuers Documentary on Kickstarter, your support will help finish The Cat Rescuers Documentary so that, in addition to showing in theaters and on digital platforms like iTunes and Netflix, it will be available to rescue organizations to raise awareness and promote change in their own communities. It will also become an incredible policy and advocacy  tool to persuade lawmakers and elected officials for years to come.

Your contribution comes with the knowledge that you are helping inspire much-needed community support for abandoned and community cats around the world.