Rescue of the Month: Spots & Stripes Bengal Cat Rescue
Jackson’s December Shelter of the Month is
of Palm Beach County, Florida.
All this month, when you go to CatTeeMission.com and buy
ANY HOODIE (not T-shirts)
100% of your purchase will go directly to Spots & Stripes Bengal Cat Rescue!
Huge thanks to The Cat Wheel Company for donating a Cat Wheel, too!
And more thanks – as always – to Stretch & Scratch for donating
a whole case of scratchers!
Here’s more info about this month’s organizations.
Kelsey Wiese (Founder) speaks:
I started SSBCR after I got my first Bengal cat, which I got off of Craigslist August 2011. I realized that more and more cats were being listed, and many rescues were turning them away because they are considered unpredictable and they tend to be the misunderstood breed of the cat world, like the Pitbull is of the dog world. It started off small, we would get 1-2 cats a month, but then once people started hearing about us, we started taking in more. At that point, I recruited a coworker of mine, Joann, to become my chief foster home & rescue partner. We haven’t yet been established a year, and we have rescued 101 purebred Bengals and other hybrids, and over 20 Siamese and regular DSH’s. We are the only rescue in the state of Florida that works primarily with Bengals & hybrids. We do not kill for space, but we do euthanize with severe aggression (this has not yet happened) or extreme sickness. We work with several Bengal breeders to place their cats if they are returned and we have also dealt with a lot of breeders who turn out to be hoarders. In our state, many of these hybrids are killed if they enter the shelter, and it’s a sad thing we hope to stop. They make great pets for those who understand them and are willing to take the time with them they need. We are in the process of starting up twice monthly classes for those who want to learn more about hybrid breeds.
We’ve adopted out 85 Cats since November 2011, with 20 still in rescue, and unfortunately the rest we lost to disease from hoarding situations, and cancer. All cats that come into our rescue are altered prior to leaving us, with no exceptions.
Cat Tee Mission was created by Sarah Menzies, an Australian artist and cat lover who wanted to do more for homeless cats. She decided to design cat themed tee shirts and start a non-profit organisation to benefit them. $23 – $27 gets you a unique Cat Tee which shows your support for homeless and unwanted cats. CTM’s aim is to spread the word about the plight of homeless cats, and at the same time assist in the rescue of unwanted cats through the sale of their tees. 100% of the profit is donated to charities around the world who work in the areas of rehoming unwanted cats, saving cats from death row and performing TNR projects for street cats. CTM caters to all sizes for guys, girls and kids, with tees in a range of colours and fabrics . From time to time, CTM will also sell hoodies, totes and other items for extra special one off cat rescues/shelters.