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Guest column | Madison-Greene Humane Society's 2023 Year in Review

We can not thank the community enough for the support received in 2023. As a small privately owned nonprofit organization, we operate without government funding, relying solely on grants and generous donations from compassionate individuals like you. This year, due to your unwavering support, what we have achieved together has been nothing short of incredible.

As we reflect on this past year, we are filled with gratitude for the remarkable community that surrounds and uplifts us. Your dedication not only fuels our daily operations, but ignites our passion to do more, to reach further and to ensure that every cat receives the love and care they deserve. Please read on to discover the amazing impact your support has had and join us in celebrating our collective achievements in 2023.

By the numbers: A year of remarkable achievements

In collaboration with local partners such as PetSmart and Tractor Supply Company, we successfully hosted over 20 adoption events, creating numerous opportunities for cats to find their forever homes. We are thrilled to report that over 400 cats, both young and old, have been placed into loving, permanent homes through our organization. Beyond taking in local stray cats or owner surrenders, we have rescued over 50 cats from kill shelters in and outside of Virginia. These cats were scheduled to be euthanized, and we are now ensuring their safety and wellbeing. Our commitment to community support and animal welfare was evident through our 19 low-cost spay-neuter and rabies vaccine clinics. These clinics support both local cat owners and the community by participating in trap-neuter-return programs which reduce the local feral cat population. Over 550 cats have benefited from our clinics this year.

2023 success stories

While we consider every rescue or adoption a success story, there are a few special cases that stand out from this year.

Raisin is a 1-year-old tabby that we rescued from an out of state kill shelter. When she came to us, she had a badly broken rear leg and had received substandard veterinary care. Our expert veterinary team determined that the leg was in such poor shape that it could not be saved and needed to be amputated. Today, Raisin is recovering in a foster home and will be ready for adoption in a few weeks. She is so very sweet and loves pets and to be held. Losing a leg has not slowed her down one bit.

Scout is one very lucky girl. Greene County Public Works workers were cleaning a drainpipe when they heard her weak meows. She was only a tiny kitten and likely would not have made it if she was not brought to us. Our shelter staff quickly went to work on getting her warm, fed and hydrated. After a few tense days of recovery, a full assessment proved that she was in good shape aside from a nasty cold. She grew up a bit, got spayed and vaccinated, and is happily living in her forever home.

Birdie and Otie came to the humane society as kittens with severe eye infections. Extensive treatment proved unsuccessful, and both eyes on both cats had to be surgically removed. They both found a new, quiet home where they received the loving attention that made them feel safe. Unfortunately, their owner recently passed, and they are now living in the shelter. While we can give them great care, this bonded brother-sister pair would do best in a quiet home without any other pets or small children. They are so playful and sweet, they both love scratches and cuddling.

What’s in store for 2024?

While we are proud of our accomplishments in 2023, we always strive to do better. To put it simply, we plan to directly channel every donation received towards surpassing this year’s achievements. This includes adoptions, rescues, events and community outreach. Our goals are ambitions, but with your help, we can make them possible. Some of our 2024 goals are:

■ Rescuing at least 150 cats from kill shelters, both within and beyond the borders of Virginia, providing them a chance for a better life.

■ Hosting a minimum of three off-site adoption events each month, totaling at least 36 events throughout the year, to increase our visibility and adoption opportunities.

■ Conducting at least two low-cost spay-neuter and rabies vaccine clinics each month, aiming for a minimum for 24 clinics over the year to support the health and well-being of local cats.

■ Enhancing our involvement in trap-neuter-return programs by partnering with other local non-profit organizations, contributing to the management of the feral cat population in our community.

■ And last, but certainly not least, our most heartfelt goal is to facilitate at least 550 adoptions into loving, safe, forever homes, ensuring more cats find the care and affection they deserve.

Holiday giving

Every contribution, whether in time, resources or funds brings us closer to these goals. While you plan your holiday gifting this season, we kindly ask you to remember the Madison-Greene Humane Society. We have multiple ways you can contribute, and your support can make a tremendous difference in the lives of countless cats. Please help us continue our mission of care and compassion.

Donations can be mailed to: P.O. Box 95, Ruckersville, Virginia 22968.

Donations can also be dropped off at the shelter: 37B Jeri Allen Way, Ruckersville, Virginia 22968.

Or you can make a one-time or recurring donation online: https://checkout.shelterluv.com/donate/mghs.

We can’t do what we do without your help. Thank you for your support.

Happy Holidays!

Madison-Greene Humane Society

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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