Charity

Buying and playing Kitten Quest! supports an animal shelter in germany. Once all expenses are covered, 50% of future income will be donated to the animal shelter in Rostock (which is a city in nothern germany).

Why donate to an animal shelter?

Animal protection in Germany is considered quite well compared to other countries where homeless animals roam the streets in large numbers. Thats because of the provisions of law that apply in Germany.

For example, if you want to open an animal shelter, you need a governmental permission.

To get this, you need to prove that there are enough rooms available to allow an adequate
accomondation and that your staff members have appropriate knowledge and skills
to handle the animals you take care of.
This is, of course, the noble purpose of an animal sanctuary. The employees
ensure that the animals have a warm and dry place to stay, get fed, walked and
are given the medical treatments they need.


But how come there is the need for a sanctuary?
Well, as much as we Germans like to regulate stuff, we still do not have rules
on what requirements a person has to meet bevor beeing allowed to buy or adopt a
pet.
Yes, there is a difference: adopting a pet means a person got it from a shelter,
a humane society or saved it from the streets. Buying a pet means to get one
from a breeder or – and this last option is the bad one – from a shady advert.
(This post is not about animal protection in general or to shame someone, but
lets just say, buying a puppy out of a trunk from a guy you just met without any
information about health status, parents or backround in general is really not a
good idea.)


Fact is, many people don’t think enough about the respnsibilities that come with
being an owner, get a pet from the wrong source or out of the wrong reasons
(talking about christmas or birthday gifts here).
And many of these people find themselves getting bored or annoyed by their furry
companions. In the best case, they find them a good new home on their own, but
often the pets are dropped by sanctuaries or even abandoned somewhere.
In 2016, around 80.000 dogs and 130.000 cats have made their way to german
shelters. The number of abandoned cats in germany is increasing by 20 % annualy.
On top of these poor guys come the babys (in Germany typically cats since we
don’t have much streets dogs here) that are born on the streets because of
unneutered stray or oudoor cats.
If found, they too are taken care of by animal sanctuaries.
The shelters play a big role in helping those pets by providing warmth, food and
medical treatment.
Also they neuter the received stray animals and so help to reduce uncontrolled
spreading.


There are more than 600 animal sanctuaries in Germany, more than 550 of them
associated to the German Humane Society, the biggest humane society in Europe
representing over 800.000 animal welfarist.
As great as this is, it also means that there are almost no governmental
shelters in Germany; most of them are run by private and typically friendly
societies. The European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals even states
that animal sanctuaries shall be a „non-profit making establishment where pet
animals may be kept in substantial numbers“.
On the beginning of 2019, the German Humane Society reported that about half of
the german shelters were about to be fold due to finacial problems.
Most of the organisations have to rely deeply on volunteer workers and donations
to get by.


Having three cats for myself – two from the steet and one from a humane society
– this issue lies quite close to my heart. In the past years I did some little
private donation campaigns where I involved friends and family and we bought
lots of stuff our local shelter needed (blankets, food, toys…) and bought them
the sanctuary.


Now I want to continue and extend this engagement and I would love if you joined
me in KittenQuest!