Thanks to some feline friendly folks in our communuity, the Palm Springs Animal Shelter has established a “Feline Fund” designed to support “all things cat.” This fund will help subsidize everything adorable felines need to be healthy and adoptable, including medical care, vaccinations, micro-chipping, adoption services, and transfers to other qualified shelters who are experiencing low adoptable cat populations.
The Fund was the brainchild of feline fanciers Michael Ziskind and his husband Jeffrey Davis, “We helped start a similar fund in Washington D.C. and it was so successful, we wanted to do the same here at our local Palm Springs Shelter,” said Ziskind. Ziskind and Davis personally donated $10,000 to establish the fund. The idea caught on quickly. Local entertainer Michael Holmes and his Purple Room set up “The Kitten Club” on Wednesday nights in July. Every donation made at the weekly event was matched dollar for dollar up to $ 10,000 by the Western Wind Foundation.
Another local lover of “all things cat,” Harold Clumeck, also pitched in to establish the basis of the Feline Fund, bringing the total contributed to $25,000 to help the more than 800 kittens that have arrived at the shelter just in the last few months, as well as cats who have been at the shelter for a while.
“Operating under a no-kill philosophy is no small undertaking, and we rely on donations to continue to provide the best medical care to our animals, strengthen our programs and offer accessible and affordable services to our community” said Stephen Boyd, Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter Board President. “We are a non-profit organization that manages and operates our city's animal shelter. Donations help us keep the animals who enter our shelter safe. They also allow us to operate under a no-kill philosophy.”