Announcing Pause 4 Paws’ first Pause 4 Paws “Special Initiative” — a new element of work on behalf of the animal rescue community. In addition to their core fundraising efforts on behalf of Beneficiary Organizations, Pause 4 Paws has decided to add a strategy that will focus on providing several targeted fundraising efforts each year designed to address a particular need or situation.
The first Pause 4 Paws Special Initiative will focus on saving the Cuale Island Cats in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In November 2015, 130 cats, several dogs, puppies and kittens were poisoned. Puro Gato has a security guard that patrols the area each night, but people have continued to find ways to abuse and kill the animals despite their efforts to keep them safe.
After visiting the island and meeting with several of the local rescue groups, it became clear that the number of cats being abandoned is quickly going to exceed the resources that are available in Puerto Vallarta. A broader strategy is needed in order to provide robust security for the animals and to reduce the population on the island by facilitating adoptions.
Pause 4 Paws has a plan to help. They have identified a cargo company that will fly a plane with 50 – 75 cats to Chicago, where volunteers will drive the cats to Minnesota to be placed with foster families or adopted. The goal is to raise $10,000 over the next 30 days to pay for the flight, vetting and care for the animals when they arrive. Every cat will have a placement identified before they arrive.
The campaign is called Gotta Getta Gato and has a P4P Special Initiative web page to highlight the ways people can help, hoping to meet the fundraising goal by February 15th.
P4P is also looking for families who might be willing to foster one (or more) of the cats while they work to find them new homes. You will see the campaign play out over social media and on their website during the next month. Please visit Paws 4 Pause website for regular updates about the initiative.