CATS R US

Gambrills, MD   |  www.catsrusrescue.org

Mission

Cats R Us, Inc. (CRU) is an all volunteer run nonprofit cat rescue organization located in the Annapolis, Maryland area. CRU’s primary missions are to 1) spay and neuter community (feral) cats through our Trap, Neuter, vaccinate, Return-Monitor (TNvR-M) program; 2) find indoor homes for adoptable stray cats and kittens found while undertaking our TNvR-M projects; and 3) educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering all cats to address the cat overpopulation problem in our area.

Ruling year info

2002

President

Ms. Jeanne Lesko

Co-Founder

Mr. Ray Wills

Main address

PO Box 160

Gambrills, MD 21054 USA

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EIN

52-2322975

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cats R Us, Inc. (CRU) is an all volunteer run nonprofit cat rescue organization located in the Annapolis, Maryland area. Our overarching goal is to end the euthanasia of healthy cats and kittens, both domesticated and feral, at our County's animal shelter by: 1) Rescuing abandoned domesticated cats and kittens from the outdoors and adopting them into forever indoor homes; 2) Spaying and neutering community cats (ferals) to reduce the number of cats and kittens potentially entering our County's animal shelter system; 3) Informing the public about the importance of spaying and neutering all cats to lessen the number of animals entering our County's animal shelter to achieve the no-kill save rate of 90%; and 4) Facilitating spay/neuter of cats and kittens for county residents by assisting with transport of animals to spay/neuter clinics and covering the cost of spay/neuter surgeries for community cats when needed.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Trap, Neuter, vaccinate, Return - Monitor

The Cats R Us TNvR-M (Trap, Neuter, vaccinate, Return - Monitor) Program, helps address the feline overpopulation problem in the Annapolis area by humanely trapping, vaccinating, sterilizing, and ear-tipping (for identification) community cats by veterinarians and then re-releasing the cats at their original location where a caretaker provides food, shelter and monitors the cats health.

Population(s) Served
Adults

As a feline rescue organization, it is all too common to find abandoned, domesticated adult cats at our managed community cat colony sites and around the community. When a tame cat is found, attempts are made to locate the original family, but when this is not possible, the cats enter our adoption program, are vetted, and put up for adoption once they are deemed healthy and behaviorally ready. Cats R Us does not accept owner surrendered cats except in very rare circumstances.

Kittens found at managed community cat colony sites or abandoned in the community are humanely trapped, vetted, then transferred to foster homes for socialization to prepare them for adoption.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Cats R Us has a network of fosters, including volunteers who specialize in neo-natal care (raise underage kittens that lost their mother and must be bottle fed), and others who specialize in socialization to help abused or neglected cats and kittens to recover and learn to trust human companionship again.

Cats and kittens that enter our foster program, when of an appropriate age and vetted, are posted for adoption on PetFinder.com (catsrus.petfinder.com) and Facebook (facebook.com/catsrusrescue) to facilitate finding them forever homes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Cats R Us has a team of volunteers who specialize in our Trap, Neuter, vaccinate, Return, Monitor (TNvR-M) program. These volunteers assist the community by trapping community cats, taking them to a veterinarian for spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, eartipping (the tip of the left ear of the cat is clipped to visually indicate the cat has been spayed or neutered and vaccinated) and once recovered, return the cats to their loving caretakers to monitor the cats health.

We also have a small, dedicated team of "Feral Feeders." These volunteers monitor community cat colonies in the greater Annapolis, Maryland area. Our Feral Feeders ensure fresh food and water is available to their community cats year round and monitor the health of the cats in the colony. These volunteers also watch for abandoned pet cats dropped off at managed colonies. Any new community cats that appear at the colony are vetted through our TNvR-M Program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Foster Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Trap, Neuter, vaccinate, Return - Monitor

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Cats R Us, Inc. primary goals are to: 1) Spay and neuter community cats (ferals) through our Trap, Neuter, vaccinate, Return-Monitor (TNvR-M) program; 2) Adopt domesticated cats and kittens found while undertaking our TNvR-M projects to indoor homes via our foster care program; and 3) Educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering all cats to address the cat overpopulation problem in our area.

Our plan of action for our Trap, Neuter, vaccinate, Return - Monitor (TNvR-M) program is to address all pleas for trapping assistance that come to our organization. We contact the resident or business needing assistance with their community cats and formulate a plan to execute the TNR project. Our organization has raised funds to cover the medical costs associated with a cat trapping project when a resident or business owner can not cover the expenses. For our tame cat and kitten adoption program, we use websites and social media to advertise the cats and kittens we have available for adoption to find them loving homes. Finally, to address the cat overpopulation issue, we use social media and our website to provide information for low cost spay/neuter vet clinic resources to promote spay/neuter of all cats.

Cats R Us, Inc. has a team of volunteers who undertake Trap, Neuter, vaccinate, Return - Monitor (TNvR-M) projects to assist county businesses and resident caretakers with spay and neuter of their beloved community cats. Our volunteers undertake the entire TNvR-M process by humanely trapping the cats, transporting the cats to a veterinary clinic for their spay/neuter surgeries, holding the cats indoors until they have recovered from their surgeries, and returning the cats to their outdoor homes.

We also have a foster network of volunteers who temporarily house domesticated stray cats and kittens in their homes until they are adopted.

In our organizations 20 year history, we have adopted out over 3,000 cats and kittens to loving forever homes. We have also facilitated the spay and neuter of 15,000 cats and kittens which has contributed greatly to ending the cat overpopulation problem in our area. We will continue our mission until we reach our ultimate goal to end euthanasia of all healthy cats and kittens that enter our County's animal shelter system.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CATS R US

Board of directors
as of 2/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Jeanne Lesko

Cats R Us Inc.

Term: 2020 -

Tom Sydavar

Cats R Us Board Member

Jeanne Lesko

Cats R Us Board Member

Ray Wills

Cats R Us Board Member

Deborah Grant

Cats R Us Board Member

Richard Wilkinson

Cats R Us Board Member

Lillie Harrison

Cats R Us Board Member

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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