Established in 2022 by Mission Cats In-Home Care, the Mission Cats Foundation (MCF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial support for senior citizens, economically-disadvantaged, and homeless animal guardians who are unable to afford the cost of their pet’s basic care needs and emergency or critical veterinary care.
The Problem: Economic Euthanasia
Each year, many companion animals are brought to veterinarians with life-threatening conditions. Sadly, many owners cannot afford the critical care their beloved pets need to survive. They are left with one choice—euthanasia. Thousands of treatable pets are euthanized in veterinary hospitals annually. According to a recent study completed (2020) by UC Berkeley, 16-20% of the Bay area residents fall below the poverty level and almost 50% of all Bay area residents do not earn enough to cover basic living expenses.
The Solution: Mission Cats Pet Care Program
Mission Cats Pet Care Program was created to address the tragedy of economic euthanasia. What started out as a beautiful vision to stop the surrender and euthanasia of beloved companion pets has become a supportive center where individuals in crisis can get a helping hand to save their pets’ lives. Mission Cats Foundation grantees are typically economically-disadvantaged families, senior citizens, veterans, military families, students, disabled individuals, homeless or hard-working families and individuals who struggle to survive paycheck to paycheck. With a tagline of “Helping with Care,” Mission Cats Foundation’s work is just as important for the animals we save as it is for the individuals/families who are spared the heartbreak of losing their best beloved friend.
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