This is very apt, as I have been thinking after two conversations yesterday - one with a rescue person, one without. The rescue person was also saying about how bad things are, with the amount of cats needing homes and their new volunteers are coming on board with no experience or knowledge and not listening to people with years of both, and that is very worrying - their new co-ordinator has no cats, never done rescue work before and they struggle to get her to comprehend what really happens - they are actually glad of the RSPCA branch in our area though, due to the fact it takes pressure off them. The second conversation was about fundraising, the person I Was talking to believes that animal charities do very well fundraising - I disagree (although the current charity does well, but we do have to be out there pretty much every weekend) - he actually has a website for charities to benefit from legacies, and animal charities are one of the highest 'hits', but I think on a 'grass roots' level, animal charities are overlooked - although not if you look at the larger charities accounts - it is ironic really that the larger charities are the ones getting the money, but then giving out numbers of the small, independents when animals need to be taken in.
Of course we make a difference, and while we can't save them all, we help as many as we can, and unfortunately, things are seeming worse due to the recession, but we have come through more than one of those, and at least one rescue on here has been through one of them, as well as the person I was talking to yesterday. At some point the neutering message may make a difference, but I know that quite a lot of the cats I have fostered either wouldnt be alive or would have still been on the streets getting pregnant if I hadnt been able to help, so I am sure those cats think I made a difference.