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2023 Reflections

Triumphs, Challenges, and the Ongoing Journey of Compassion As we bid farewell to the chapters of the old year and open the book of the new, we take a reflective pause on the intricate tapestry of 2023. It wasn't an easy journey, and there were moments when the road seemed insurmountable. Battling kitten ailments resistant to standard treatments, arranging emergency surgeries for broken bones, addressing the financial strain of numerous costly dental procedures, and confronting the year's end with two kittens bravely combating panleukopenia – we traverse the threshold of the new year, having barely weathered the challenges of the past. Rescue work demands sacrifices—financial, emotional, and even physical. Friends may wonder where we've disappeared to, relationships may suffer, and our own pets may not always receive the attention they deserve. The question inevitably arises: Why endure such trials for the sake of cats nobody wants? The answer is simple yet profound. Humans brought these non-native creatures to the USA, and it is our responsibility to rectify the consequences of their uncontrolled breeding. Left unchecked, one cat can multiply into 12 in a year, 67 in two years, and a staggering 376 in three years. By neutering a single pair of cats, we prevent 2000 unwanted births in just four years—a conservative estimate considering cats' prolific breeding nature. Yet, amidst the challenges, there are moments of celebration. SPAR's dedication to transparency and excellence has garnered recognition with a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar/Candid and a Great Non-Profits Seal for 2023. These accolades affirm our steadfast commitment to accountability and providing optimal care for the cats under our guardianship. Over the course of the past year, SPAR reached an extraordinary milestone by taking in 213 cats – nearly three times the number recorded in 2022. A staggering 107 felines discovered their forever homes through adoptions, and 71 received vital care through TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate-return). These figures transcend mere statistics; they symbolize the resilience and the second chances that SPAR provides to cats in need. Looking toward the future, SPAR volunteers currently tend to 45 felines, each with a unique story and the hope of a brighter tomorrow. Nine fortunate cats are already reserved by adopters, two have found permanent fosters, four are in medical recovery, seven are in quarantine, and 23 are adoptable and patiently awaiting their forever homes. SPAR commits to each cat's well-being, from entry into the rescue to the moment they find their forever families. SPAR extends heartfelt gratitude to the community that rallied behind us in 2023. The outpouring of support, whether through donations, adoption inquiries, or spreading the word, has left an indelible mark on the lives of these deserving feline companions. A special thank you goes to the dedicated volunteers, whose selfless devotion to fostering, driving, fundraising, and event handling made SPAR's success possible. As we step into the new year, SPAR expresses gratitude for the past and excitement for the possibilities that lie ahead. With the ongoing support of the community and the unwavering dedication of its volunteers, SPAR looks forward to saving more lives, offering hope to cats in need, and creating countless heartwarming stories of feline resilience and triumph. Here's to a year of compassion, second chances, and the continued commitment of Shady's Paw Animal Rescue. Happy New Year! 💜🖤💜

Cat of the month

Meet Minnie Mouse: A Loving Cat looking for a Lap Minnie Mouse is a 4 to 5 year old little lady that loves to be wherever you are. Whether it is working in your office or in the kitchen, she will be there. She loves to window watch for birds wherever she has a seat and loves her pom poms. She will play with them until she falls asleep. She will find her comfy spot to hide away and sleep on a comfy warm bed or pile of clothes. She is good with other cats even those twice her size. She loves being petted and held but she will let you know when her time is up with her little grumpy meows and mers. Her little morning meow squeaks are so soft but don't let her fool you because when it comes to food she is the loudest. Minnie is awaiting her forever home with the perfect family that will give her all the love she could ever want or need.

Kitten of the week

Meet Mystic – The Fearless and Affectionate Feline! Prepare to be enchanted by Mystic, a 7-month-old black kitten with a heart as bold as her sleek black coat. Mystic is not just a cat; she's a social butterfly with a fearless spirit, ready to fill your home with love, laughter, and a touch of magic. Personality: Mystic defies the typical feline stereotypes. Stranger danger? Not in her vocabulary! Mystic immediately befriends humans and animals alike. Her fearless nature makes her an instant friend, embracing everyone with open paws. Interaction with People and Kids: Mystic is a social sensation, especially around kids. She adores belly rubs, welcomes having her feet touched, and indulges in all the things stereotypical cats supposedly dislike. Her purrs resonate like a little engine, a constant melody of contentment as she rarely takes a break from seeking affection. Play Preferences: Games on the iPad and chasing toys are Mystic's specialties. She transforms her foster home into a playground, displaying boundless energy and a love for interactive play. Remarkably, Mystic even gets along famously with ferrets! Affectionate Habits: Kisses on her little head are Mystic's absolute favorite. Affection is not just a preference for her; it's a constant request. She thrives on cuddles, purring contentedly as she basks in the warmth of human companionship. Adoption Considerations: Mystic is an ideal fit for families seeking a sociable and affectionate feline companion. Her love for kids, playful nature, and adaptability to various touch preferences make her a perfect addition to a loving home. Mystic's unique charm extends to her compatibility with other animals, even ferrets! In Summary: Mystic is not just a kitten; she's a magical presence waiting to captivate your heart. If you're ready for a fearless, affectionate, and endlessly entertaining feline friend, come meet Mystic and let the enchantment begin!

Adoption Application

To adopt Minnie Mouse or Mystic, please complete an adoption application here:

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