Costs of Animal Rescues
We currently charge an adoption fee of $250 for a juvenile cat (kitten) and $120 for an adult. On average, a rescued cat that comes into our care costs our non-profit charity $260. This average expenditure of $260 per cat includes the costs of providing food, vaccinations, deflea (Revolution), dewormer (Milbemax), and the spay/neuter. It does not include the cost of rent for the Adoption Centre, laundry, cat litter, or any additional medication or specialty food that many cats/kittens require when they are temporarily or permanently ill.
We rely heavily on donations and fundraising activities in order to pay the bills and keep operating month after month. Our charity is run by volunteers; nobody gets a pay check. This means that anybody making a donation can be confident that 100% of their donation will go directly to the costs of animal rescue.
Without these generous donations, we would not be able to continue our work.
Frequently Asked Questions
What food should I feed my cat and where do I purchase it?
We feed our cats Royal Canin. It is extremely important to feed your kitten/cat a good quality cat food. Dry cat food purchased at the grocery store is calorie-dense, and the health equivalent of pop and chips. Cats needs food that provides them a well balanced diet with the essential nutrients they need to help them live a healthy life. Cats should also be fed wet food every day. Cats on dry food diets usually don’t get enough water. They can become chronically dehydrated which contributes to health problems like Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) and urinary crystals. Royal Canin is veterinary approved.
What human food should I avoid feeding my cat?
The ASPCA outlines the following list of foods that you should avoid feeding your cat:
Milk - by the time cats are adults, they become lactose intolerant
Caffeine & Chocolate
Nuts & Raisins
Raw/Undercooked meat, raw eggs, bones
How can I come up with an original name for my cat?
Naming your cat is an important decision since both you, and your cat, will be living with the decision for years and years to come - but it's also a lot of fun! You are more than welcome to keep the name your cat was given at the Whiskers Shop, however, you are also free to choose a new, permanent name!
Some additional names that are becoming more popular include: Katniss (from "The Hunger Games" trilogy), Hermione (from the Harry Potter series), Loki and Thor (from "The Avengers"), Purrfect (Ceelo Green's cat from "The Voice"), and Honey (from "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo").
Visit the following websites for more suggestions:
I'm pregnant. Do I need to get rid of my cat?
You most definitely should NOT get rid of your cat while you're pregnant. You can have a happy, healthy pregnancy, while the cat remains in your care. Click on the following article for some great information on this topic:
"Pregnant Women: Don't Get Rid of Your Cats!"
Tips to help find lost cats.
We see, all too often, the results of pet abandonment. Kittens are never "free" if they are to be cared for properly and as they deserve.
Please educate! Spay neuter to help control cat overpopulation!