I've been sitting here thinking about how and where we started, comparing it to where we are and what we are doing today.
Two years ago, Mrs. Gray, Zeva and the rest of that little family were newly fixed and their feeding station brand spanking new. Mrs. Gray wouldn't even think about approaching me, let alone allowing me to stroke her, scratch her ears or allow me to spend some eating time with her and her daughter. Who knew she would become the darling of WIFCaP, a superstar in her own right and a purrfect example of a feral cat living her outdoor dream life?
Two years ago, I made a pact with myself that unless the donations came in, we could not and would not be able to continue. Thanks to the wonderful people that I've still never met in person, who trusted us and risked their funds to help us get a start in TNR. Today, all of those that started with us on the ground floor, are still there along side, encouraging and supporting in every way possible. The money always comes when we need it and so far, Ive been able to keep my pact...and the work of WIFCaP goes on!
Two years ago when our hair-brained idea gelled and formed into what has become Western Iowa's Feral and Homeless Cat Program, I was hoping we could help cats in the Walnut - Avoca area. Little did I know that in two years, we have been able to help over 20 communities in an approximate 50 mile radius of Walnut.
It's good to reflect. It's good to remember, both the good parts and the sad. While we celebrate the over 500 cats we have medically assisted and over 400 "spa treatments", we mourn the loss of even one small helpless creature. Unfortunately, it's the losses that stick in our memory and leave a sore spot on our hearts. Its the hard times that force us to stay in the reality of our plight...we cant save them all, but we can give it a dang good try!
|Amy, Linda and AVCheryl|
And so we wrap up our first two years in "business".Whether you have donated time, money, items for auction, or even if you have only posted a comment of encouragement...we need you ALL and I, personally want to thank you for sticking with us on the WIFCaP page to see what a small grass roots effort can do! Happy Anniversary EveryOne!!