The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Many hundreds of cat colonies exist in the Lafayette area. Most are maintained by one individual--often elderly, disabled and/or low-income--seven days a week, rain or shine, and usually there is no backup whatsoever. The dedicated primary caregiver performs his duties for love of his charges, though, with no relief, it can be a particular strain to be there each day and a source of anxiety if he cannot. Were he to become ill or incapacitated, lose his means of transportation or no longer be able to afford the financial responsibility, the cats very likely would suffer. Far better to share the burden, so that the eventual loss of one volunteer is not so keenly felt if a replacement is not immediately found. Time spent at a colony site may be mere minutes, yet could spare another caregiver some difficulty. Can you commit to feed and monitor a colony(ies) just one day a week to start?