Why are the cats up for Sponsorship not available for adoption?
The cats available to be sponsored are some of our Long-Term Foster cats. These cats have special requirements, medically and sometimes for food or care as well. The Sheffield Cats Shelter continues to pay for these when they find their forever homes. These lucky ones have already found their forever homes, but your donation can help with the costs of their ongoing treatments.
How does my Sponsorship money help?
By sponsoring one of our cats, you are helping to pay for the costs of vet fees, food, and care for the cat that you choose. Your sponsorship money will also go towards supporting the work done at The Sheffield Cats Shelter and help us care for the 400 cats a year that we re-home on average.
What do I get with a Sponsorship?
Sponsoring a cat will go so far towards supporting the work we do. As a thank you for signing up, you will receive a welcome pack with gifts, some you can only get through Sponsorship.
The Standard sponsorship pack contains:
- “I love The Sheffield Cats Shelter” Window Sticker
- “I love The Sheffield Cats Shelter” Printed badge
- The Sheffield Cats Shelter Pen
- The Sheffield Cats Shelter Air freshener
- A Post Card from your chosen cat
- A sponsorship certificate
The Deluxe Sponsorship pack contains all of the items in the standard pack, and also:
- The Sheffield Cats Shelter Keyring
- “I love The Sheffield Cats Shelter” Tote Bag
- £5 voucher for our 285 Ecclesall Road Charity Shop
All of our Sponsors also receive quarterly e-mail updates on how their chosen Sponsor Cat is doing, and how their donation is making a difference. Sponsors are also signed up to The Sheffield Cats Shelter’s monthly Newsletter, to hear all about the work that The Shelter is doing.
How much does Sponsorship cost?
Standard Sponsorship is a minimum monthly donation of £4.50 per month, and Deluxe Sponsorship is a minimum donation of £9.50 per month.
How long will it take for my welcome pack to arrive?
Sponsorship sign-ups take around 8 to 10 days to process- this is because we have to wait for the first donation to fully clear before we can post out your welcome pack. Please do be sure to bare this in mind when signing up, especially if it will be for a gift.
The Deadline for Christmas Gift Sponsorships, with guaranteed welcome pack arrival by 25th December, is 3rd December. This is to allow for the sign-up to go through, and to allow for slower December postage.
Can I give Sponsorship as a gift?
Yes, you can! If you would like to sponsor a cat as a gift to someone, simply sign up through the website as normal with your details for the direct debit. Then, be sure to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org straight afterwards with:
-Your full name
-The full name, address, post code and e-mail of the person you are gifting it to
-Any messages you wish to be passed on to the person receiving the gift.
Please note that as most of the correspondence throughout sponsorship is via e-mail, we recommend ensuring the person you’re gifting it to has an e-mail address.
Do I have to choose just one cat?
Don’t worry, though your Sponsorship money will primarily go towards the care of your chosen cat, anything left over will go to The Sheffield Cats Shelter and help the other cats in our care. We love all of our cats and will care for them the same, regardless of the percentage of followers!
Can I Gift Aid my Sponsorship money?
If you choose to sponsor one of our cats, the first instalment of your gift is a ‘payment’ and is not tax deductible. This covers the cost of your welcome pack. Any subsequent instalments are donations, and by allowing us to claim Gift Aid you can add an extra 25% to the value of your gift. Once you’ve chosen which cat you’d like to sponsor, please complete our Gift Aid Declaration Form to ensure your gifts will support even more cats.