Saving lives is what Whisker Warriors is all about. That is why we are so grateful for the strong relationships we have with the City of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, Rancho Cordova Animal Services and other animal welfare and rescue organizations and the community. These partnerships enable us to help hundreds of underserved pet owners and community cats through a range of programs. Here are just some of the things our team accomplished in 2019:
Pet food donations: Many homeless, disabled and low-income residents in Rancho Cordova ask for pet food and we help them through donations from local retailers, such as the Pet Club in Rancho Cordova and Roseville, Incredible Pets and from the community. As one example, the Veterans Village has expanded to 146 residences and we are supporting pet owners there with needed food and supplies like pet beds, clothes and treats for their cats and dogs.
Trap-Neuter-Return: Two of our team members spearhead our program, along with other volunteers, to help trap, neuter and release (TNR) feral cats around homes and businesses where they live. Once fixed and returned to their colonies, the cats can live out their lives under the supervision of colony managers. There is a big demand for help trapping and fixing cats and it is vital work to keep community cat populations under control.
Feral cat colony support: We support feral cat colony caregivers with food and feeding stations as well as kitty shelters (insulated plastic storage containers with rice straw in the openings) across a wide range of communities, including Knights Landing, Woodland, Rocklin, Stockton, El Dorado County, Gold River and all of Sacramento county. Many shelters go to caregivers who struggle to buy food for their colonies. We do not want cold or wet cats out there! We also have dedicated volunteers who feed over 100 cats daily and manage the colonies in the Rancho Cordova area.
Kitten adoption: We work with the Sacramento SPCA to foster kittens that come from feral colonies during kitten season and beyond. We also have a partnership with Rancho Cordova PetSmart to feature kittens we have that are available for adoption. In 2019, we fostered and adopted out over 100 kittens!
Disaster preparedness: We have started to stockpile non-perishable items that would be needed in a disaster. We have boxes of pet beds stored at Animal Services. We are starting to stockpile plastic storage containers, so we will be ready to build more shelters for cats needing shelter after a fire or flood. We forged a partnership with SAK Rescue so that we can obtain donated food and supplies when needed from major suppliers for only the cost of storage.
Spay/neuter grants: We support the spay or neuter of all owned cats and dogs, as well as community cats, to control the number of unwanted animals and save lives. We secured two spay/neuter grants, one for all Rancho Cordova residents, the other for Sacramento County low-income and elderly residents, to spay/neuter, vaccinate and microchip their animals. Vouchers can be used for spay/neuter services at the Sacramento SPCA and Community Spay and Neuter Clinic.
These are just some of ways we help animals and the people who care for them in Rancho Cordova and other parts of Sacramento County. We are always looking for new ways to help. We’ll keep you posted on current and new programs and their success throughout the year in this blog. Stay tuned and thank you for your continued support.