Nonprofit Really Great Cats Rescue is dissolving after 25 years

CHESTERTOWN — Really Great Cats Rescue is disbanding, the nonprofit’s board of directors announced in an email to supporters last week.

The board cited “changes both within and outside of the organization” as the reason, and deemed “the time is right to dissolve.”

Moving forward, according to the June 19 email, the mission of RGCR will be carried out by the Animal Care Shelter for Kent County.

Sherry Rushton founded Really Great Cats Rescue in 1999 with a primary mission to reduce the number of feral and uncared for cats by having them spayed and neutered.

Additionally, RGCR aimed to improve the health of these cats and make them safer for human contact by vaccinating them for rabies, and to finding homes for those cats that were suitable for adoption.

Since 1999, the organization has spayed and neutered 4,548 cats, provided other medical assistance to 1,312 cats and facilitated 839 cat adoptions, according to the email to supporters.

“After 25 years of service to the community, we are proud to say that we have succeeded in improving the well-being of feral and uncared for cats, while also reducing their numbers through an ongoing trap-neuter-release program,” the June 19 email stated.

In its announcement, the board thanked all previous board members, volunteers and supporters. 

The biggest applause went out to Rushton, who served as president from 1999 to 2013, and Holly Childs, who succeeded Rushton and served as president up until April of this year.

“These two women brought heart, humor, compassion, and unfailing dedication to the organization. Without them, RGCR could not have carried out its mission,” the email stated.

While it is bittersweet to be dissolving, the nonprofit’s board said it was doing so with certainty that the Animal Care Shelter for Kent County would carry out the work that has been RGCR’s core mission “without skipping a beat.”

The state-of-the-art Animal Care Shelter for Kent County facility near Worton, which opened in late December 2022, provides excellent care for homeless cats and kittens.

There is space that is specifically dedicated for feral felines, and the ACSKC animal control officers are highly skilled in the trap-neuter-release process.

Really Great Cats Rescue is making arrangements with the shelter to ensure that the cat colonies that have been under the care of its volunteers will continue to receive food, vaccinations and medical attention.

The board signed off by saying, “We are forever grateful to each and every one of you who has supported our mission. We encourage you to continue to support this mission going forward through donations to ACSKC.”

To learn more about the Animal Care Shelter for Kent County, see https://acskc.org/.

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