To re-home cats ages 6 and older residing in Monterey County who are at risk of euthanasia in local shelters or whose guardians can no longer care for them. We place these cats, who have no other options for a safe place to go, into temporary foster homes. We then find them permanent loving homes, enriching the lives of both the cats and their new families.
In 2018 we doubled our number of fosters who care for cats until they are adopted. We are positioned to again significantly increase that number. As we’ve increased the number of cats we take in, we need to find more adopters. Our goal is to find a loving adoptive home for every cat! This involves identifying & funding new strategies to connect with adopters and increasing our recruitment of volunteers. We have recently modified our structure to enhance our capacity for adoptions and shorten our cats’ average number of days in foster care. One new strategy is a foster-to-adopt option. This allows compatibility to be established between a person and a cat prior to completing an adoption. It’s an effective way to remove barriers to permanent adoptions and prevent failed ones. We complete home visits with potential adopters to be sure the homes are suitable for the cats, and have them meet the cats and fosters so there is a transparent exchange of information to ensure compatibility. All information about our cats is shared with adopters – from their medical history to their behavior quirks. We support adopters with personalized guidance and make a lifetime commitment to our cats.
Last summer, my 80-year-old uncle was forced to make the heartbreaking decision to surrender Ruffi, his best feline friend of 11 years. Due to his health circumstances, we needed help fast. We found Golden Oldies. They were kind and reassuring, made foster home arrangements quickly and kept us updated. It was amazing and comforting. Unfortunately, Ruffi’s health declined. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Volunteers visited my uncle to give him this news in person and included him in the decision of what to do. He agreed with the vet that Ruffi should be euthanized. A volunteer transported my uncle so he could be with his best friend at the end. Later they brought him Ruffi’s ashes and photo. Golden Oldies went far above and beyond anything we could have imagined.
- Cindy Fox