D. Mirkovic (Project Manager), written 23 days ago
With summer in full swing, life at the shelter seems quite uneventful as most of the kitties are spending their days passed out all over the place, rightfully feeling it’s too hot to even move around. However, it’s not only that their needs are not slowing down, but now is also the time to carry out all of the minor repairs at the shelter.
Almost all of the platforms, ladders and wooden wire spools the cats have always had so much fun playing with in the yard badly needed to be replaced, after being exposed to all kinds of weather over the last few years and they were finally done a week ago. We proudly present you with our four new platforms and three ladders which are already in the yard instead of the old rotten ones.
These new items are solid and durable; all of the platforms have metal legs and we expect them to last a long time.
The long and rather wide wooden board in the backyard, a favorite resting place of many kitties, has been replaced with new joists and assembled to last much longer than the old board and it will be able to bear more weight; one more ladder has been made to make it easier for all of the cats, especially the tripod ones, to climb on. The best part is that our kitties just love them to bits!
The old outdoor fence is yet another problem, as it became wobbly three years ago and is miraculously still holding up, but the posts keep crumbling and deteriorating with every passing day and it’s been ages since we could close the gates properly.
It would be fabulous, although not easy, if we could manage to raise the funds to rebuild the brick-made pillars and the small wall between them, clean and polish the old iron fence above and replace the sheet metal parts of the gates.
It’s got to be done as soon as possible and by all means before the rotten posts completely fall apart and the whole fence goes down, that is…
And last but not least, and not by a long shot – the kitties must eat every day and now the time is rapidly coming for the mandatory yearly vaccinations against rabies. The problem is that summer is usually a very lean time for donations and while we totally understand everyone’s planning or already enjoying their vacations, our situation is always unenviable at this time of year.
The same thing has been happening forever; when the weather is nice, we’re barely keeping afloat, and when we have enough funds to do something, it’s impossible to work outside due to the weather conditions. We should’ve gotten used to it by now, I guess…
Although the meteoalarm was raised to red in Serbia a week ago and the extreme heat has continued for days, we also had the cats' huge outdoor sandbox in the backyard enclosed with a brick wall and little by little, we're trying to make the living space of our kitties as comfortable as possible.
The cats’ outdoor sandbox in the yard has been enclosed with a brick wall too, just like the one in the backyard. The problem is the lack of financial means, as always; actually, over the last month or so we’ve barely managed to raise enough funds to purchase wet canned cat food to cover 10 days, which means we’re running into debt yet again. With or without donations, we certainly can’t let the cats starve even though our personal funds unfortunately are not unlimited. The fact that we're not crying out for help on a daily basis doesn't mean we don't need it – on the contrary, we do and very badly.
Anyways, if you have a little extra you could spare to help us out please do so! Even the smallest donation means a lot, as they all add up and get us closer to our goal. We will be immensely grateful if you’d consider supporting our work with whatever you can afford! And we assure you that a three-digit number of lazy, relaxed kitties and a couple of their tired humans will be immeasurably grateful for your vital help!