Finding good homes for good kitties...
I volunteered with Good Mews Animal Foundation from 2012 until I moved away in 2015. I started out on two weekly Clean & Feed shifts, which is every bit as glamorous as it sounds. I enjoyed it, though, because I got so much interaction with the kitties! I also worked with the Grant Writing Committee for the first year I was with Good Mews, successfully acquiring a Build-a-Bear Foundation Grant for our organization. I gave up grant writing as I began to take on more duties with Clean & Feed, first taking over as shift leader once a week and then becoming co-chair of the Clean & Feed Committee. In this capacity, I oversaw the scheduling and training of approximately 100 volunteers who filled shifts twice a day every day of the year. I also helped in various other capacities throughout the year, like manning our table at festivals and working the annual gala fundraiser and auction.
Good Mews offers an alternative to traditional animal shelters in the Metro-Atlanta area by providing a no-kill, cage-free haven for homeless, abused, or abandoned cats until placing them in permanent, loving homes. It is one of the few such shelters in Georgia and has just realized a long-standing dream by building their own state-of-the-art facility to allow for the care of even more cats. Good Mews promotes public awareness regarding the value of pets, animal welfare, pet overpopulation, and quality human-animal companionship through education and outreach programs. Since 1988, Good Mews has placed over 6,800 cats in permanent homes. They receive no government support, relying solely on donations of time, service, and money from our supporters, the public, and area businesses. Good Mews is home to approximately 100 residents at any given time, with another 30 to 40 cats in foster care or our HALO program, which allows cats with severe and/or chronic medicals needs to find homes, with Good Mews continuing to provide the medical care related to that condition. They have an average adoption rate of 350 cats per year.
To learn more about Good Mews (and see the kitties!), please visit goodmews.org.