Grant recipient #22: update 6 months later

Posted by Jennifer on May 16th, 2012

Here is a very happy update from Tenth Life Cat Rescue! In 2011, they were the recipient of the 22nd grant from our Purina Veterinary Diets® $50,000 Veterinary Care Fund. Their original grant application is below with the pets’ photos,  stories, and above that, the happy update!

Update 5/16/12: Good news! Misty and Sunny were both adopted. Thor is a special case. Since he is positive for both FIV and FeLV, we realized he would be a very hard kitty to find placement for. So he has become a permanent foster in our organization, along with his buddy Buster. Their foster mom is incredibly loving, and got so attached to them that we felt this arrangement was the best for everyone involved. All three kitties we shared with you are very healthy and happy in their new homes! Sunny still has his eye, since it didn’t cause any trouble for him.

We’re actually very excited to meet a new kitty who is coming into our care. Via the amazing network of Facebook, we got word of a kitten in Nebraska who was born with twisted front legs (much like the cat Corky in ND… not sure if you’ve seen/heard about him?). The kitten had no prospects of help in his area, so we volunteered to take him, provided we could get volunteers to help transport him. So, all the details have been hammered out, and this little cutie (photo at right) will be arriving on Sunday! We’re very anxious to get him to the vet and get recommendations for his care. I have a feeling it will be a long road ahead for all of us, but we’re very excited to give him the chance at life he deserves.

Thanks again! The grant we received from Adopt-a-Pet went a long way to helping us give kitties the proper care they need for happy lives..

(You can donate here directly to Tenth Life Cat Rescue so they can help more cats and kittens like Misty, Sunny, Thor, & Curly Legs.)

Original grant application:

Tenth Life Cat Rescue
St. Louis, MO

Cats with special needs or medical conditions are the reason Tenth Life Cat Rescue was founded. Though we have all cats’ welfare at the forefront of our work, we specialize in, and prioritize admission of, cats who need veterinary care that is often prohibitively expensive for other organizations to handle. Needless to say, this grant would greatly help our organization care for cats like sweet Misty…

…who was found crying on the shoulder of an extremely busy interstate here in St. Louis, MO, her eyes crusty and completely closed due to infection. Her mother was found a few feet away, fatally wounded by a car. Her rescuer rushed her to our clinic, where she has been receiving intensive care, including syringe-feeding multiple times daily and nebulizer therapy to help her breathe. Her hospitalization is costing our organization a great deal, but she is a fighter!

Sweet Sunny came to us from a caring family who found him and could not keep him due to an over-eager dog and some severe allergies to cats.

You’ll notice in the above photo that Sunny’s right eye is glassy and slightly enlarged. He came to us with this injury and, in the hopes of saving the eye, we have been treating the infection with antibiotics. However, over the past week, Sunny’s eye has become even larger and cloudier, leading us to believe that he will need the eye removed. This necessary, but expensive, surgery will keep Sunny healthy and free of pain, preventing future infections and complications. This grant would help us cover the expense of Sunny’s enucleation and recovery.

Finally Thor, below,

came to us several months ago with a severely injured rear leg. Thor tested positive for FIV at the time, so we found him placement in a foster home with another FIV+ cat while his leg healed for 8 weeks. Recently, Thor was having litter box issues in his foster home, so he was brought into our clinic. Blood tests revealed that Thor now also had Feline Leukemia. All of us are deeply saddened by this news and hope to do everything in our power to help Thor stay healthy and happy as long as possible. He too would benefit from the money this grant provides for veterinary care because, as FeLV advances, he will need more and more supportive care to keep him healthy and comfortable.

This grant would help us to care for the special needs of these cats and the dozens of others in our organization. We feel our work is so important, as cats with injuries and medical needs have just as much of a right to a happy healthy life as any cat.

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