This week's Cat Champions on OldMaidCatLady.com are the folks at the League for Animal Welfare (LFAW) in Batavia, Ohio. Chartered in 1949, the LFAW’s mission is to better the lives of cats and dogs in the Greater Cincinnati area. They are a privately funded non-profit organization and depend on donations to fuel their operations.
There are approximately 80 cats
housed at their facility. All have been tested for feline leukemia and
feline AIDS, vet-checked and vaccinated. Cats over 10 weeks of age are
also spayed or neutered, and each of them is given a name if they
didn’t already have one. LFAW provides a loving, no-kill shelter
until the animals are matched with a forever home. Each animal’s photo
is put on LFAW’s website (pictured above is "Jake"), along with icons
to indicate whether the cat has been declawed, or prefers homes without
dogs, other cats, or small children. The needs of potential adopters
are assessed to best match them with the appropriate resident, and the
cats are all microchipped so they can easily find their way home if
Their “My Last Hope”
program was established to help older pets find forever homes. This
program makes the pets, currently four cats named Fred, Figi, Qwerky,
and Sunshine, available for no adoption fee and pays all their medical
care for the remainder of their lives.
LFAW also promotes responsible pet ownership. Their website provides information on area clinics and facts on the effects of spaying and neutering. They partner with the UCAN Spay/Neuter Clinic to offer monthly transport from their shelter to the clinic. Each month, they have a spay/neuter assistance program
with limited funds to help pet owners and caretakers of feral cat
colonies through vouchers to reduce the cost of spay/neuter surgery.
LFAW makes free presentations to
schools, scout troops, libraries, church organizations, etc. to educate
people on pet overpopulation, spaying and neutering, proper vet care,
dog bite prevention, and playtime with animals. Presenters are usually
accompanied by a dog and a cat from the shelter to demonstrate proper
handling skills. LFAW’s website has information on training, finding
homes for strays, and deciding what type of pet to adopt, along with
links to other helpful sites.
LFAW is always happy to welcome new volunteers,
as well. People as young as 16 may work with their cats without
parental supervision, and those younger may volunteer if accompanied by a
parent or guardian. Some volunteers work with the animals to
socialize, train, play with, or just pet them. Others foster orphaned
pets and manage satellite adoption events. A general orientation
session for volunteers is followed by specialized cat training. Those
interested in volunteering may e-mail the shelter at email@example.com.
When you shop at OldMaidCatLady.com June 7-13, 2010,
10% of the profits on items purchased through our shopping cart will be
donated to LFAW. You're buying stuff for your cats anyway, so why not
buy it here and help other cats who aren't so fortunate?