ICS has had a busy year, and we owe it all to our tireless volunteers and supporters! Without you, we would not be able to accomplish our goals for helping our organization – and of course – our cats. Thank you for all of your hard work and efforts on behalf of the kitties!
This year, a new Board of Directors and a new cadre of Committee Chairs took the reins to accomplish a number of challenging tasks. While not every item was easy to undertake, all were done in the best interest of the Independent Cat Society, and we are very proud of our hard-working volunteer leaders at all levels!
Our 2013 year-end report of accomplishments include:
- Almost 200 cats adopted to good homes for the year, and over 3000 feral and community cats spayed/neutered throughout Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties through our TNR efforts.
- Formal adoption of a Grants Committee, which has been very active this year in securing of several large grants for spay/neuter and helping families in the community, including a $2000 John W. Anderson Foundation grant, a $5000 Ryan Newman grant, a $6000 Porter County Foundation grant, a $1675 Unity Foundation of LaPorte County grant, and two $2000 Bissell Foundation grants. We helped over 50 families and community members through these grants.
- Introduction of a new event, Purrfectly Pampurred Day, and a whole year of successful fundraising events, including the Black Cat Boogie Fundraising Dinner and the Black Cat Strut 5K Walk/Run.
- Additional signage and work to beautify our grounds, including the inclusion of new Disability parking signage and driveway signage thanks to the Dean family, and Ms. Stefanie Ford.
- Completion of a formal training program for adoption counselors and a formal communication plan for ICS thanks to Ms. Stefanie Ford, a recent graduate of Purdue University Calumet’s master’s program in instructional technology.
- Implementation of the ICS Speaker’s Bureau.
- Development of a formal Organization Plan for ICS (see our website for details).
- Expansion of the Cat Care Committee to the Health and Wellness Committee, including revision of the organization’s Cat Care protocols and development of guidelines for Medication Administration protocol
- Implementation of the Godparent Program for ICS foster kittens.
- Expansion of the Volunteer Program, including a full updating of the Volunteer manual
- Revision of the ICS Employee Manual
- Painting of the Interior Main shelter walls
- Implementation of the Room Moms (reporting to Health and Wellness) and Newsletter (reporting to Technology) subcommittees
- Revision and implementation of the Tetanus vaccination protocol for Employees and Volunteers
- Development and implementation of the Incident Reporting process
- Adoption of a formal partnership with Allegius Credit Union, where members of ICS can easily join the Credit Union, and vice-versa.
- Implementation of the Hills Science Diet food program for our cats the shelter.
Of course, our work does not end there! Next year, we hope to accomplish a number of additional goals, including:
- Initiate a marketing group to increase ICS known presence in Northwest Indiana
- Increase marketing to target surrounding counties and expand Volunteer numbers
- Identify and contact potential area benefactors for financial support
- Identify and contact potential groups for a variety of educational Speaker’s Bureau presentations, and develop formal programs for speakers to take into the community.
- Initiate a marketing program to increase the number of Memorial Bricks and expand the Rainbow garden
- Maintain and expand the TNR program to increase its already-excellent effectiveness in reducing the population of feral and unowned cats in the community
- Revisit the Strategic Plan for ICS and develop goals through 2016
- Identify and expand potential foundations, companies, and other grant-makers to secure additional grants for spay/neuter efforts, helping community members in need of support, and improving other shelter operations.
- Initiate an aggressive building fund campaign for a new ICS shelter on existing grounds
We thank everyone for their tireless dedication to our cats and kittens, as well as the welfare of animals throughout our community. Please visit our website to review the list of 2013 Donors and 2013 Corporate Sponsors. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!