Dear Cat Therapy family,
Wow, we’ve made it. We reached the end of one of the most challenging years most of us have ever experienced. We know COVID won’t magically disappear within days, but we can at least hope for 2021 to be a better year. A year that we step into stronger than ever and most importantly, united as a community.
I have already talked about the struggles we’re continuously dealing with as a small business during a world pandemic with little kitty lives under our care. Despite the challenges you’ve probably faced yourself, you actually took the time to understand our situation and support us in the ways we suggested. You shopped our online store, contributed towards expenses during the worst months and visited our kitties when possible. This is exactly the point I want to highlight today. Today I want to say thank you for caring about it. And here’s the biggest thing that we’re taking away from 2020: By being together in the fight towards a common enemy, we’ve all become closer than we’ve ever been. Don’t you think?
So much has been brought to the light this year. It may have taken a world pandemic and consequently a major crisis to ignite a spark, but hey! Change needs a catalyst. We’re all taking action by learning to listen to other people’s challenges and we’re trying to make small changes that can benefit our communities. We’re starting to show each other that we care. Our society needed that. Huge bonus? You also showed us that you care about small innocent animal lives, even when ours as humans are so upside down. And that is AMAZING! We were so worried none of you would have time to think about rescued cats this year, but you showed us that our kitties mean a lot to you!
Our main mission at Cat Therapy is to help cats in their journey towards finding a forever home, so that others can be rescued and given a chance too. We also exist to encourage people to do small things that can have a positive impact in the lives of these cats, like visiting them and showing them love regardless of your ability to adopt, talking about adoptable cats with your friends or purchasing a shirt with us instead of a big retailer so we can keep funding our work. But we are also here for another very important reason that is very dear to us: We want to make you feel good! We do this through providing you with a place to relax and connect with sweet rescued kitties, sharing our adorable cat content, or making super cute cat themed merch that hopefully makes you smile when you wear/use it! We are so grateful to have the opportunity to do that for you. In exchange, you’ve shown us your unconditional support and you’ve played your part in ensuring we can still be here, helping cats. We are so glad that our mission means as much to you as it does to us!
In a world pandemic that has separated us physically, we’ve come together even closer as a community. So, thank you 2020 for that. Yup, we still don’t like 2020, but we do need to be grateful for that.
This year we’ve found homes for 165 cats and we’ve fostered a total of 190. That’s a lot of kitty lives positively impacted from one small space! This means that despite the shutdowns and reduction in visitors, adoptions didn’t drop compared to last year. That is amazing!
In the past few weeks, and months really, I’ve invited you to reflect on small things you can do to support your community. You listened and took action. My message today is to hopefully bring some cheer, some hopefulness, because we don’t need to wait until 2021 to come, we’ve already achieved big things! Let’s keep the good work going. Let’s be grateful for everything we’ve learnt this year and for the fact that we’re stepping into 2021 stronger as a community than we’ve ever been! Let’s take those hard lessons into this new year, and make it a really impactful one.
As for myself, I’m grateful for what I’ve learnt, for your endless support and for the fact that despite the crazy curveballs, my beloved Cat Therapy is still here and my team as well as myself can still have a job helping cats. Lastly, I do want to say I am aware that many families have been affected in ways that cannot be seen in a positive light yet, or maybe never will. I think of those of you facing that situation every day. I just hope that together we can make things better soon.
Lastly, a gigantic thank you to Stray Cat Alliance for being the most amazing rescue partner we could’ve ever chosen. It's an honor to work with you. We’re so grateful to be building a no-kill nation with you, one stray kitty at a time (like you guys say!).
Happy Mew Year, Cat Therapy family! From the bottom of our hearts: Catalina, my son Felix (who’s teething now and has made it very hard for me to write this lol), my husband Marek, my mother Marta and our amazing team Alaina, Alyssa, Vivian, Sara, Hartley and Alex. THANK YOU!