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Hill Country Cats Meets The Challenge Fivefold
Community Contributions Total Five Times Goal Of Matching Grant
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013

Hill Country Cats, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to humane control of the free-roaming cat population in Burnet and Llano counties, received over $10,400 in contributions in late 2012. The donations were given in response to a $2,000 challenge grant offered by the Los Angeles-based Ernest Lieblich Foundation. Individual gifts ranged in size from ten dollars to five thousand dollars.

Alice Rudenstein, executive director of Hill Country Cats, said, “We are so grateful for this generous outpouring of community support. The contributions and matching grant enable us to continue and expand trap/neuter/return services to help residents and property owners humanely control the feral cat population in their area. The community’s support really shows how important these services are.”

About Hill Country Cats

Hill Country Cats was organized in 2006 as a charitable nonprofit organization with the mission of humanely reducing the stray cat population through the proven practices of Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR). Since its inception six years ago, Hill Country Cats has trapped and neutered or spayed more than 4,600 cats in the two-county area, thus preventing tens of thousands more from being born.

Hill Country Cats is an all-volunteer organization consisting of twelve TNR team leaders and trappers, about 200 caregivers and colony managers, a volunteer executive director, and a board of directors. The organization depends on tax-deductible donations and grants to cover such expenses as veterinary services (at discounted rates offered to the organization by participating veterinarians), medications and vaccinations, humane traps, cat food, and transportation.

Anyone in Burnet or Llano counties with a stray cat problem may contact Hill Country Cats for consultation and assistance. Donations are requested to help defray expenses, but services are offered regardless of ability to pay. General donations are also always welcome. For more information, call 830-598-9883, email, or visit

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