My name is Julia Grosz; I'm the founder of Cat Hustler, non-profit organization that teaches shelters and rescues how to increase cat adoptions through enhanced marketing on social media platforms. Going into it's second year, Cat Hustler has been approved for 501(c)(3) status and works with groups from DC to Anchorage.
Because animal welfare is in a constant state of fundraising, I make an effort to keep events free for the target audience of shelter and rescue volunteers whose wallets are regularly tapped by their groups. I do not accept significant monetary donations (for ethical and tax purposes), and find In Kind donations to be a more meaningful demonstration of support.
In addition to these networking parties, I host "Mensch Squad" events, in which volunteers from around the region rally to assist a brick-and-mortar animal care facilities with improvements, chores, or a project. Our last one involved building a pen for rescue goats at a cat sanctuary that had recently fallen victim to a fire. This "I want you, not your money" approach has facilitated life-saving relationships between participating non-profits, shelters, and volunteers while earning Cat Hustler a reputation for authenticity and integrity.
By day, I work as a geologist in both the lab and field. Cat Hustler is a second full-time job that addresses a previously vacant niche in animal welfare, and it's a pleasure to regularly lose sleep over making it awesome.