Why Toolbee exists

I created Toolbee so I can build what I hope will be the world’s largest sanctuaries, rescue teams and free veterinary clinics for homeless animals.

We will start here in Israel where we have 2+ million cats and dogs on the street, many of them urgently needing medical care, food and a safe living space.

Of course the staff and I will get salaries. And some of the money will be used for expansion, such as creating more products, businesses and non-profits so that we can have an even bigger impact.

My cats

Toolbee is registered as a for-profit business. It is not currently a non-profit organization, which is much more complicated to set up. From what I read online it requires 7 board members and lawyers and a bunch of other stuff. But as we move forward we can hire the experts needed to set up whatever types of businesses or non-profits we need.

I still don’t know exactly how the funds will be allocated. I will need to find a good balance between providing currently needed help and investing to grow.

By my estimation there are around 10 million deaths of stray animals here every year, mostly kittens and puppies under a few weeks old. The ones that make it to adulthood then only average a 2 year lifespan – because of injuries, illnesses, wild animals and nasty humans – air pistol shootings, dog attacks, poisonings, dog fighters using kittens as bait, etc. Many of the rest just don’t survive their first winter or summer due to the harsh conditions. The population at the end of each breeding period goes back down to around 2 million survivors.

One of the first steps is hiring veterinary staff for a large scale neutering program (this means doing operations to prevent the animals from making babies). Without this, any effort we put into food and medical care will magnify the problem for next year, rather than solve it. Without neutering, no amount of money will be enough. Well-fed cats and dogs can make 10-15 babies per year, so the growth would be massive.

Based on data from a program in Florida I have estimated it will require around $7 million USD to “fix” all 2 million street animals here within 2 years. After that it will be much easier, and the animal rescuers here will have much more resources to care for the animals that exist – to find homes for the friendly ones and provide better care for the ones that don’t want close human contact.

Our vets will also be able to help the thousands of injured and sick animals found every day. Possibly working from trucks/vans for cost saving and portability.

I would like to expand this worldwide, as this is a global issue.

The plan is to fund many small sanctuaries around the country and the world – in the gardens (or other land) belonging to people who already work in animal rescue or who really want to get involved but don’t have the budget for it. There are several reasons to do it this way, rather than having only a small number of very large sanctuaries:

• No need to pay for land.
• Much easier for volunteers to reach.
• Much easier transport of animals.
• Extremely low risk of any illness spreading.
(Of course they will all be vaccinated too.)
• Easier to get deliveries of leftover food.
• Easier to have different types of animals.
• Easier separation for special needs animals.
• Easier expansion worldwide.
• Much less problems in future coronavirus lockdowns.

The sanctuaries will be funded from several sources. Toolbee will likely fund the majority, such as vet care, fences, bedding, etc. – We will also cover food where needed, but we will focus on asking for monthly donations from people who bring in an animal, to cover that animal’s food and flea treatments (probably only $10 per month). This spreads much of the cost between thousands of people and provides a lot of stability.

The goal is to take in as many animals as possible from high-risk areas, as well as take in any that need help due to injury or illness. Some others are best left where they live if the area is fairly safe and they are already being fed, or are too feral (wild) to be taken.

I will start with my own garden so we can learn what is needed for other locations, as well as starting to promoting the program. This first one will mostly be for blind cats, as they are some of the most in-need while being some of the hardest to find homes for.

I plan to have both commercial pet food and deliveries of leftover food from local stores, butchers, factories, farmers, etc. The goal is to provide the best quality possible and reduce human food wastage. – Of course they won’t be given anything rotten, and we’ll make sure our vets approve the diet.

This will likely be even better quality food than many house pets get, because some of the pet food available in stores is not very high quality. And it’s certainly better than the street animals get, which is often either starvation or garbage from bins.

Even the “lucky” street animals here only get basic dry food from a few caring humans, but due to the huge numbers, it’s often extremely cheap food that is not even shown on the shelves at the pet food stores.

This will likely be a big part of the operation. Many animals love being with human companions. Cat-cafes in cities could be a great way to get adoptions, although I have no expectation that we can re-home all the animals we take in.

Note: The plans may change. I am still talking to more experienced people in animal rescue to figure out the best course of action.

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