What are the best ways for me to help cats if I am un­able to adopt more? I'm al­ready at four, which, given my apart­ment size and re­sources, is about my max but I'd still like to help cats in need.

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Great that you re­al­ize your lim­its but still want to help! Look up your neigh­bour­hood shel­ter and de­cide how you can help out. It could be do­nat­ing funds or be­ing more hands-on, like vol­un­teer­ing time, ei­ther with smaller res­cue groups or city shel­ters, or work­ing with or­ga­ni­za­tions deal­ing with feral cat colonies and spay/neuter/re­lease pro­grams. Vol­un­teer­ing can be as sim­ple as go­ing by to spend time with the an­i­mals and giv­ing them some love, or more in­volved, like trans­port­ing cats to vet vis­its and help­ing out with clean­ing. Spring/sum­mer is al­ways bot­tle-feed­ing baby time and vol­un­teers are needed around the clock to bot­tle feed the tiny kit­tens. If you de­cide to work with a feral colony char­ity, you may help out on the streets, trap­ping fer­als and mak­ing sure they get spayed/neutered, giv­ing them a tem­po­rary home (such as a bath­room in your apart­ment!) to re­cover in be­fore they are re­leased into a feral colony. Most of the ways to help will re­quire a short in­tro­duc­tion and learn­ing pe­riod with the shel­ter, so you can learn how to best lend a hand (and also so they know they can trust you). You can also meet some re­ally great peo­ple this way too!

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