ANNAPOLIS, MD – Cats R Us, Inc (CRU) this week received the GuideStarExchange Silver participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates Cats R Us’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.
"We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission of reducing the number of stray cats in Anne Arundel County, and toward our long-held belief in being transparent about our work.” said Cats R Us Acting President Dick Wilkinson "As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar's immense online audience of nonprofits, grant-makers, and individual donors."
In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange logo, Cats R Us had to fill out every required field of the nonprofit report page on www.guidestar.org for the Silver level of participation, which includes detailed financial information.
"I encourage you to check out our profile on GuideStar to see what we're all about," added Mr. Wilkinson. "We have wonderful programs, and we are thrilled to have another platform for communicating our progress."
About the GuideStar Exchange
The GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. With millions of people coming to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations, the GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with GuideStar's many audiences. Becoming a GuideStar Exchange participant is free of charge. To join, organizations need to update their report pages, completing all required fields for participation. The GuideStar Exchange level logos (Bronze, Silver, and Gold), acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all Exchange participants' nonprofit reports.
About Cats R Us
Cats R Us is an Annapolis based Feline Rescue and Adoption 501(c)3 non-profit, whose focus is TNR or Trap-Neuter-Return. In their TNR program feral cats are humanely trapped by CRU volunteers, then vaccinated, sterilized, and ear-tipped (for identification) by veterinarians at low-cost clinics organized by CRU, and then re-released at their original location when safe for the cat.
Feral cats rescued from unsafe locations may stay briefly at one of two Annapolis area CRU shelters before being transferred to a feral cat sanctuary. Domesticated, abandoned cats enter our adoption program when efforts to find their owners are exhausted.
Kittens caught early enough are tamed, fully vetted, sterilized, and available for adoption when they are of an appropriate age. CRU makes every effort to keep kittens with their mother until an appropriate age for weaning. When the mother cannot be located, CRU has a small team of foster “nurses” who are essentially feline, neo-natal specialists. The “bottle-babies” are raised with great care, attention, and love.
Cats R Us does not accept owner-surrendered pets but can recommend other organizations that may be of assistance. Since 2000, an estimated 10,000 cats have been spayed/neutered and vaccinated at the cost-effective CRU clinics. This has contributed greatly to the prevention of unwanted pets in Anne Arundel County.