Sponsoring a cat

Thursday, July 2nd 2015

It is now a month since Freya died and, as explained in A week later, I have been thinking of how I want to commemorate her. I have finally made a decision.

Freya, as explained in various posts and in the brief introduction to her, was a rescue cat. She came to me from a charity that had taken her from a less than suitable home and I vowed to make her life as happy as I could in compensation for her unhappy start. I therefore felt that it would be appropriate to give regular donations to one of the rehoming charities both to help them in their work and as a small token of gratitude for having brought Freya into my life.

The problem, of course, is that there are so many charities, each with its special merits and all with an urgent need of funds. Whichever I choose, I am left with a feeling of regret that I am not helping the others but, not having infinite funds, I had to make a choice.

My attention was drawn to the Celia Hammond Animal Trust. The trust runs clinics and seeks to rehome cats that are rescued from bad owners or unsuitable conditions. While the trust makes every effort to rehome the cats it rescues, a few remain that, for some reason such as chronic poor health or psychological problems, cannot be rehomed. The trust keeps and looks after these cats itself. This costs money, of course, and so donors are invited to sponsor one or more of these cats.

I have agreed to sponsor one of their cats by giving money each month for the foreseeable future. The money will of course be used generally as needed by the charity, but a sponsorship provides a connection and makes the whole thing a little more personal. “My” cat (though I share him with other donors), becomes a symbol for all the cats who may be rescued and helped by the charity. A little of the love that Freya gave me is being passed on to others.

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I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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9 Responses to Sponsoring a cat

  1. cabbieblog says:

    My daughter is a veterary nurse who has worked for many years at animal charities. She told me that while many charities become ‘commercialised’ with their founders moving away ofter with a fat cheque (the WWF UK is often quoted) the Celia Hammond charity is still run by its founder who works tirelessly to improve the lot of her charges.

    • SilverTiger says:

      Yes, some charities have ventured into fields where I am reluctant to follow them, including the charity through which Freya found here way to me. I understand the pressures caused by the competition for donations but worry that certain ventures cause problems rather than solving them.

  2. WOL says:

    A fitting memorial and tribute to a noble lady. Would that more people would do as you are doing.

    • SilverTiger says:

      Not everyone has the means and there is so much competition from all those other deserving charities. I am able to divert the money I would have paid in health insurance premiums if Freya had still been alive. A cat charity seemed the most appropriate.

  3. This is one of the kindest ideas I’ve ever heard of. (and something I may consider as we age and will eventually be let petless) It will make such a difference. Freya would be pleased

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