We founded Spots and Stripes (http://www.spotsandstripes.net/
) on a couple simple principles: First, when someone donates to a charity such as ours, they should know their money is going to the cause, not people. We are legally barred from taking any salary or other compensation thanks to the I.R.S. Agent who oversaw and approved our 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt status application. We enlisted his aid, as an expert in the field, to write a section of our Articles of Incorporation to state that no founders, board members or officers could ever get paid. Never, ever - long after my wife and I have left this existance, Spots and Stripes will live on and never pay a salary to anyone.
Second, our motto is "Saving Cats, Four Paws at a Time". Wild cats, that is. Not just Tigers, leopards and cheetahs, but feral cats. Those cats thrown away by people, left to fend for themselves in the great outdoors. Through Capture-Neuter-Release, vet checking, vaccinating and then monitoring and caring for their colonies, we've managed in two years to prevent over 100 BILLION unwanted kittens! (Fact: One fertile female kitten can produce, with her offspring, over 400,000 kittens in seven years! But she won't be around to know them - her life expectancy is only two-four years) We also work globally with other groups to preserve bigger cats, when possible provide grants to low-income families to help offset vet bills, and aid the elderly in looking after their life-long companions.
is to build four shelters without cages and a no-kill policy. Adopt out those ferals who we can socialize, have a hospice for dying cats, and a retirement home for those whose caretakers have passed away or can no longer tend to their needs. Our cats know no politics, and accept help from any and all. Can you lend a hand as well?