Thursday, July 2nd 2015
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.