I started volunteering for Maneki Neko Cat Rescue 4 years ago, fostering 7 undernourished kittens covered in ringworm. These kittens were born from 2 different mothers, 2 days apart on a farm and were under threat of being drowned if not taken. Of course this pulled at my heart strings and I took all 7! MNCR helped me with information on how to care for the kittens and organised the vet work, medication, and eventually their adoption.
You do have the yucky job of cleaning up after them, but the joy that these beautiful felines bring into my world outweighs everything else.
With kittens, it’s important to keep them healthy, keeping up their vet checks, medication where required and ensuring they have the right diet to assist with their growth and wellbeing. There’s also playtime, which is so important for their development. And hey, it’s loads of fun!
All of our cats and kittens must be socialised in order for them to be ready and suitable for adoption. I have 3 kids and other cats to socialise my fosters with. This assists potential adopters to find the right cat for their situation and home environment. It’s a gradual process, and takes lots of patience. One of my cats plays the role of “foster mum”. She’s the disciplinary role model. The other is “big sister” to the kittens we foster. Otherwise, they’re mostly happy playing and snuggling in a sunny spot together.
My kids have had the privilege of witnessing a few home births. They get to name the kittens we have in care. My primary school aged kids assist with feeding and playtime and even know how to administer medication. My high school boy now assists me with other volunteering activities, as well as the usual fostering chores.
I also volunteer in other ways to assist Maneki Neko Cat Rescue. If I’m free, I bake for our regular bake sales which bring in lots of much needed cash to cover the cats vet work. I organise the chocolate drives for our volunteers to sell chocolates in their workplace. More recently I’ve started volunteering my time to run weekly meditation sessions in our Cat Lounge at Neko HQ. This provides an interesting take on relaxation and meditation in the comfort of the Cat Lounge, surrounded by purring, happy kitties!
I’m embarking on more activities to try to bring awareness to the Cat Lounge, and what we do as an organisation.
There is always something you can do to help.
You may not even realise how much you could help, just by driving a cat to a vet appointment for a foster carer who cannot drive. Or baking one dish for a bake sale. Popping a box of chocolates in your tearoom at work to help raise funds. Or even just talking to people about what we do! Every little bit helps.
I’m a professional and work part time, volunteer at our primary school and assist other charities also. I keep everything in moderation and give myself regular breaks. Cat Rescue is my passion, and I’m so glad I found Maneki Neko Cat Rescue and am able to help in any way I can.
Article Credit : Karen Harvey