Help the Cats!

Buying and playing Kitten Quest! supports an animal shelter in germany. Once all expenses are covered (~1000€), 50% of future income will be donated to an animal shelter in Rostock (which is a city in nothern germany).

Why donate to an animal shelter?
Animal protection in Germany is considered to be quite good compared to other countries where stray animals roam the streets in large numbers. This is because of the legal regulations that are in place in Germany. For example, if you want to open an animal shelter, you need a permit from the government. To receive this, you need to prove that there is sufficient space available to allow for adequate accommodation and that your staff members have the appropriate knowledge and skills to handle the animals you are taking care of. This is, of course, the purpose of an animal sanctuary. The employees ensure that the animals have a warm and dry place to stay, be fed, walked and receive the medical treatments they require.As you can imagine, those things cost money. A big part of the budget comes from donations.

There are more than 600 animal sanctuaries in Germany, more than 550 of them are
associated with the German Humane Society, the biggest humane society in Europe which represents over 800.000 supporters of animale welfare. As great as this is, it also means that there are almost no government-supported 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“.

At the beginning of 2019, the German Humane Society reported that about half of
the German shelters were about to stop operating due to financial problems.
Most of these organisations have to rely deeply on volunteer workers and donations
to get by.

But how come there is the need for a sanctuary?
Well, as much as we Germans like to regulate things, we still do not have rules
on what requirements a person has to meet before being allowed to buy or rehome a
pet. The fact is, many people don’t think enough about the responsibilities that come with
being an owner and acquire a pet from the wrong sources or for the wrong reasons
(specifically talking about christmas or birthday gifts). And many of these people find themselves getting bored or annoyed by their furry companions.

In the best case, they’re able to find them a good new home on their own, but
often the pets are dropped at 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 % annually.

As well as these poor guys, we also have to consider the offspring (in Germany typically cats since we don’t have many stray 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 these pets by providing warmth, food and
medical treatment. They also neuter the stray animals they receive and therefore help to reduce uncontrolled breeding.

As somebody who owns three cats myself – two from the steet and one from a humane society, this issue lies quite close to my heart. In the past few years I have arranged some small private donation campaigns where I involved friends and family and we bought
lots of things that our local shelter needed (blankets, food, toys…) and bought them for
the sanctuary.

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