This has been a difficult year.
Like many other organizations, we have been absolutely swamped with rescue, TNR and sponsored spay/neuter requests. While we work to accommodate everyone we can, we have been essentially closed for intake since June.
Miss Dixie’s is not a shelter and does not have a central location. This means that all our kittens are placed in foster homes upon intake, and remain there until adoption. Our space is very limited, and unfortunately we simply do not have the capacity to take on every single kitten that is in need of rescuing.
That doesn’t mean we haven’t been intaking some kittens as space has become available. We certainly have, but most of those efforts have been limited to rescuing kittens from colonies we are already working to TNR (trap, neuter & return) the feral and adult cats.
This year alone we have taken on 131 kittens and cats, and adopted 116 into loving forever homes. Additionaly, our volunteers have been hard at work with getting over 100 community and feral cats spayed/neutered and safely returned to their colonies.
It is safe to say that this year has been one of the worst kitten seasons we have ever seen, and without consistent TNR efforts (by both the organizations in our area and people just like you), it is not going to get better.
Going forward, Miss Dixie’s will be primarily focused on TNR and placing kittens found in colonies into our foster program. While this does mean we will be closed for intake from the public almost indefinitely, we will still be taking TNR requests and putting 100% of our focus on taking kittens from colonies, as well helping to get as many colonies of cats fixed, vetted and returned so they can no longer contribute to the overpopulation of kittens and cats in our community.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us in the past, and continues to support us now. We could not do this without you.
It truly takes a village.