About Craig Street Cats
Winnipeg’s Wolseley neighbourhood is home to a number of large, and growing, colonies of feral cats. The purpose of this website is twofold. The first is to raise awareness of the plight of these domestic cats, who, through no fault of their own, are forced to fend for themselves and their offspring. The second is to raise funds to manage the colonies. As the adult population on just one block currently stands at over 40 cats, management has become a necessity.
Management will keep the colonies from growing by trapping adult cats and having them spayed or neutered. Once the cats are sterilized, they can be released to live out the rest of their natural lives. This will stop new cats from moving into the area, and prevent the birth of hundreds of unwanted kittens every year. Where we start managing a colony, we also provide feeding stations and simple winter shelters.
In 2008 Craig Street Cats started working in the far west end of the neighbourhood (Craig Street ). Eventually we hope to have all the colonies between Raglan Road and Maryland St., from Portage Ave. to the river, under control. Moving eastward one street at a time seems to be the most logical way to accomplish this goal. In the meantime, we are helping Wolseley residents with trapping and kitten rescue throughout the neighbourhood. We may not be working on your block, yet, but we will definitely help you if you ask.
Of course, all of this costs money. Fostering a litter of 5 kittens costs between $500 and $1000 (1 week’s worth of kitten formula costs over $150). Cat food, kitty litter, and supplies all have to be bought. Vet bills have to be paid. It all adds up. That’s why we ask for donations, hold fundraising events, and participate in pet shows and local craft shows. Every dollar is precious.
All donations received go directly to caring for the cats. Funds will pay for food, kitty litter, kitten rescue and fostering, vet bills, feeding stations, winter shelters and community outreach. Craig Street Cats is a non-profit organization, but not a charity. This means that we are allowed to raise funds for our work, but we can’t issue tax receipts.