When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality. Dom Helder Camara
The long-term vision of PACS is to establish a cat sanctuary in Nova Scotia. The working name of the sanctuary is “Castaways”. The name was chosen to draw attention to the plight of so many cats. Cats in need may be turned away by shelters and volunteer rescue groups because they lack the resources and facilities to help. So who can help these cats; where will they go?
A cat sanctuary is an oasis of safety and kindness; a place where all cats in need can receive food, shelter, medical care, and human kindness. A sanctuary can temporarily house cats as they wait for adoption, or it can be a place where unadoptable cats live out their lives. Cat sanctuaries already exist in many parts of North America. The largest sanctuary is in Canada, in Richmond, British Columbia (a suburb of Vancouver).
In addition to helping cats, “Castaways” would also benefit the community. It would host a pet visitation program, provide tours for school children and public interest groups, educate children and adults about responsible pet care, and be a model of compassion and caring. The sanctuary would also support an active volunteer program, where volunteers of all ages can contribute to a cause, experience caring and fulfillment, and have fun.
A project of this magnitude will require extensive planning, fundraising, and volunteerism. Ideas, special skills/talents, and donations are welcome. Check back for updates; this is a work in progress and there is a very long way to go.