My Start in Cat/Kitten Welfare
My name is Karen J. McGranahan and I have been an animal lover and cat and dog owner since childhood; I got involved by financially supporting numerous animal agencies for over 25 years and support many to this day.
In my teen years, I worked for a riding academy, where I learned about horse care, illnesses and training, and went to many horse shows over the four years there. I then went off to college and completed my education.
When I moved to South Carolina, there was a group of community (feral) cats at the end of our street, which I trapped and had them fixed. I volunteered for a local cat shelter, taking care of over 500 cats and kittens. One of my responsibilities was to answer the phone.
During kitten season, I had to turn away between 100 and 125 cats and kittens a week because we were full; all the other local shelters were full and there was no place for them to go. They remain full to this day. Cats are not adopted out fast enough, so many cats languish at shelters for years waiting for homes that never happen for many of them. Currently over 80% of cats entering kill shelters are euthanized. I realized then that housing as many cats as possible was not the long term solution to the cat and kitten problem within the community; we needed to look at how to stop litters of surplus kittens from being born. What was lacking were low-cost spay/neuter clinics to keep kittens from being born and ending up at a shelter. A key component also needed was a comprehensive TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program for community cats, a proven program to work by reducing cat numbers through natural attrition.
I started Bikini Beach Cat Rescue in 2011 as a non-profit organization in order to offer low-cost spay/neuter clinics in this area; we now have two clinics available. We received our 501 (c) 3 status from the IRS and are tax exempt, so all donations are tax deductible to you. All funds raised goes towards reduced low-cost spay/neuter clinics for cats and kittens and helping their pet parents, ultimately reducing the unwanted breeding of cats and kittens and the resultant shelter intake. The kittens that haven’t even been conceived this year will die next year unless we can stop this breeding cycle. We do targeted TNR programs with grant money and do fundraisers to offer low-cost spay/neuter clinics to the public throughout the year.
With your support, we can make a difference and stop healthy, adoptable cats from euthanasia. It doesn't matter that their deaths are 'painless', what matters is that their deaths are 'pointless'. As Helen Keller said "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." Won't you help us do the "something"?
Tinkerbell was found alone on a farm in Conway; now she has a happy home.