In 2017 the Meow Ministry was created as an informal ministry at The Lutheran Church of Concord, and continues now at Messiah. The ministry was created out of an awareness that locally, there is a serious problem of the overpopulation of forgotten and abandoned cats.
Many of these cats will suffer from disease, harsh weather and numerous hazards. These cats are likely to live shorter lives, will quickly reproduce, and risk euthanasia at some animal shelters. Stray kittens born outside become feral quickly, losing their ability to trust humans. This makes it increasingly difficult to be socialized for adoption, or receive needed medical treatment. Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) is a program to trap and vet all cats needing to be spayed or neutered, re-releasing ferals into their colonies and finding homes for kittens and socialized adults.
Meow Ministry recognizes that there are many local non-profit groups using TNR and other contributions. Our efforts center around helping these groups achieve their goals by providing resources of food, supplies and financial support.
Meow Ministry’s most common support is to give food to the colony feeders. Our food donations help them spend more of their budgets on veterinary or other expenses. Our non-food supplies help feeders, foster or permanent homes, or to adoption agencies such as GRASP.
We work to educate and increase awareness of the overwhelming population of forgotten stray and feral cats locally, and to their suffering and its causes. Join us in the effort! Contact Jennie Bowker.