As I sit at the computer with a small gray kitten snoozing in my lap, trying to decide where to begin reviewing our year, I am reminded of the change within my own family of furry friends.
Thanks to our wonderful friend Kim A. our logo was born in 2013! I can't say enough how much I love it!
2013 resulted in 289 spa treatments! A total of 465 since the start of WIFCaP. We have helped a total of 627 cats since the fall of 2011. I am so very proud of those numbers. We remain a small organization, but this year we have grown in volunteers too. I now have trappers in Atlantic and in Oakland to help me out. We are learning all the time how to help people learn to trap and transport, which means one or two people (me and/or Cheryl) are not having to do all the physical "boots on the ground" work. We have found fabulous people that are willing to help where help is needed. Sue A is helping with grant writing, Becky H is helping with newsletters and Stacey M is working on volunteer coordination. We are on the road to finding more volunteers to help with fundraisers. As this all comes together, I can work more intensely on marketing and promotion (and bookkeeping and accounting).
Our budget has grown to over twice what it was in 2012, but we have had the best supporters ever! Along with auctions and other fundraisers, we have people that just send money. Without them, we would be lost and would have to stop doing what we know is so important. Thank you!
Kathy and AVCheryl were asked to speak at the Iowa Federation of Humane Society's Annual Conference in September 2013. What a pleasure it was to stand before our peers and share what we do, how we do it and why.
In 2013 WIFCaP became the recipient of donated food from Purina Pro Plan to the Rescue, Iowa Animal Resource Pantry and became members of the Best Friend's Animal Society Network Partnership. There is nothing like the feeling when this huge truck backs up to my garage! Having this "store" of food helps us keep our outdoor colonies fed. At this time, I am distributing approx 200 pounds of food per month (if I have it). Many thanks to all of you that feed these colonies out of your own pocket when we don't have the food to give you.
Southwest Iowa Animal Coalition was begun and WIFCaP was honored to be a charter member of this group of animal organizations, all wanting to work together for the benefit of homeless animals in Southwest Iowa.
Exciting grant funding was awarded to WIFCaP and the city of Oakland Iowa to focus on the spay and neuter of their community cats. We are extremely grateful to Gayle Strickland, who wrote the grant, the city of Oakland and especially the Pottawatomie County Community Foundation for the funds granted for this project. Having the city council and the county foundation recognize and reward us for our work, by funding us about makes my heart explode!!!
2014 will be even better and we hope you will hang with us and watch what we can do in Western Iowa.
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