The Delmarva Cat Connection was founded on June 28, 2001 by a handful of volunteers who were previously in cat rescue work. These volunteers saw the need for a foster cat care network organization on theDelmarva Peninsula. Volunteers, along with others who joined shortly thereafter, opened their homes to homeless cats and kittens giving temporary shelter. The Delmarva Cat Connection is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 all volunteer organization dedicated to educating the public, creating awareness and promoting the sterilization, vaccination, fostering and adoption of stray cats on Delmarva. We find it beneficial for the cats to get the care and nurturing they deserve in a loving environment surrounded by people, children and other pets. This helps make for a smoother transition when adjusting to their permanent homes.
Before any cats or kittens are brought into our foster homes they are taken to the vet for Feline Leukemia and Feline HIV testing. If old enough they are vaccinated and spayed or neutered. They are treated for worms, ear mites and fleas as necessary. We also care for many special needs cats and kittens including those who are blind, injured suffering from abuse, starvation or diseases common to the stray cat population. Once given a clean bill of health, the cats/kittens go through our adoption program. We work tirelessly holding adoptions weekly throughout the year. We currently adopt our foster cats and kittens out at Petsmart’s Luv-a-Pet adoption center inSalisbury, selected events held in theOceanCityConvention Centerand any other Delmarva event that welcomes us.
According to the National Humane Educational Society, in two years time one unspayed female cat and her mate and their offspring can multiply into 67 cats! In the eleven years since DCC began, we estimate that we have found homes for more 2700 cats/kittens and have spayed or neutered over 1600!
Although we have been in existence for about 11 years, the word is out on theDelmarva Peninsula! We, until recently, have been pleased to say we have not had to turn away any cats that needed help. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. Our telephone line has been ringing endlessly with calls requesting help with rescuing homeless cats and kittens. Our veterinary expenses including testing, vaccines, surgery, medications and our on going foster care expenses including food and litter far exceeds our income from fund-raising efforts. It breaks our hearts to have to turn away cats that need our help, knowing their options are truly limited.
We are pleading for your help to allow us to continue this much needed effort. We do not receive any state or federal funding but operate solely on our fund-raising efforts and donations from concerned people who believe in what we do. Your donations are tax deductible and all donations go toward the welfare of our feline friends. We appreciate any support you could give us in our endeavor to reduce the homeless cat population. We are always looking for volunteers to help foster, work adoption days, and staff our many fund-raising events. If we all do a little, we can get much accomplished.