How Your Donations Are Used

How are my donations used? That’s the first question everyone asks about a charitable organization. You deserve to know exactly what we do and where we spend your money.

We are an all-volunteer organization, and we’re proud to say the majority of your donations go directly to the care of the animals. That’s what we know you want. The welfare of the animals is why we are here. Donations are the primary support of this organization.

Shelter expenses pie chart for 2021
2021 Shelter Expenses Pie Chart

There are no salaries and no board compensations. Our insurance and administrative expenses cover necessary insurance and costs for software and supplies to run the organization. We invest as little as possible in those things and often get donations that carry us without further investment.

The “other” category includes things like replacing bed and toys, which are very important for the mental and emotional health of the animals, and sometimes special needs, such as physical therapy items or ramps.

Catnip Casa Cat Refuge focuses on senior and special needs animals. As such, medical expenses are the largest portion of the budget. Senior animals’ medical costs go up as they age, as often happens with people too. Our goal is to maintain their quality of life and keep them safe and comfortable for as long as possible.

In 2021, we had to make larger repairs and maintenance investments than most years. The shelters and condos are now seven years old. Still, you can see everything benefits the kitties.

Your donations are the reason we can do what we do.

Please remember, there are many ways you can help, even when you are short on cash. Just check out our How to Help and Shop and Save pages. Also, take a moment to visit CauseNetwork and GivingAssistant. You’ll discover you can shop in thousands of places, get coupons and discounts, and give a donation to Catnip Casa, all in one stop.

Ruby a white shepherd
We love dogs too and work with the cats to help them learn to live comfortably with dogs.
Rachel abandoned kitty
Rachel