Congratulations to Purr Paws Rescue, the 2nd grant recipient from the 2012 Adopt-a-Pet.com $20,000 Veterinary Care Fund! We are so moved by the amazing lengths rescues and shelters go to give homeless pets a chance at getting healthy so they can be adopted – and think you will be too! We’re sharing the recipients’ stories here on our Shelter Blog. Here’s how a $1,000 grant will change the life of a pet or pets in their care:
Purr Paws Rescue
Cypress, TX 77433
Purr Paws Rescue consists of a small group of volunteers in suburban Houston, TX that have been working for five years to protect the lives and health of homeless cats and kittens. Even though we work in a very large city with many homeless animals, Purr Paws provides personalized care to meet the unique individual needs of each of our rescue kitties. Purr Paws takes in cats and kittens that other groups deem hopeless or unadoptable. Many need more than routine care.
Our volunteers look beyond the injury, illness, and fear to see the beauty in each cat. Not only do we get calls from the public, but our fosters also get calls from animal control facilities to help with one (or more) felines that simply won’t otherwise make it out alive.
Purr Paws takes in bottle babies, those that need socialization, those suffering with ringworm, mange, eye infections, injuries, and blindness. We place them with foster families with unique skills and talents to meet the needs of the rescued kitty. But all of this takes money. This grant would greatly enhance our ability to save more cats in our community.
Here are just a few examples of the recent rescue efforts of Purr Paws that demonstrate how we would use the grant money to preserve the life and health of homeless and injured felines.
Alonzo, a senior flame-point Manx-Siamese mix, was turned into a high-kill animal control facility with a ruptured abscess on one of his rear legs. He was scheduled for execution, but Purr Paws pulled him from the kill-shelter and arranged for veterinary care. During his recovery from the abscess, a lump was discovered in one of his mammary glands. As of this submission, we are awaiting the results of the histopathy to determine his prognosis and treatment plan.
Benny is a 12-week old kitten who has been in foster care with Purr Paws volunteers for 4 weeks receiving treatment for an entropic eyelid. The vets are hoping it will correct itself as he grows. While we wait, Purr Paws volunteers are treating his eye with antibiotic ointment three times a day. Benny came to Purr Paws from an animal control facility and he also had a corneal ulcer when we took him. His ulcer has already healed from the love and care provided by Purr Paws volunteers.
Zach is another cat who came to Purr Paws after being attacked by dog. Purr Paws volunteers rescued the cat who had a mangled leg and rushed the animal to the vet for emergency care. Fortunately, the exam and x-rays revealed no break or nerve damage, so Purr Paws volunteers are now providing a quiet cage, antibiotics, and ongoing treatment.
These three examples are just a few of the new intakes in the past two months. Among all the volunteers, we are currently providing care and housing for over 200 cats and kittens. Included in those are many long term fosters such as Mannix with stomatitis, Iris with epilepsy, and Homer who is blind. All receive the care they need for their medical conditions while being fostered in loving homes. They have a home with Purr Paws volunteers until the right people adopt them or they spend out their lives with us.
We can provide testimonials from many happy adopters upon request and there are many happy tails due to the efforts of Purr Paws Rescue volunteers. We hope that you will help us in our efforts through this grant. Trust that we will be good stewards of any funds provided to us.
“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” Anonymous
To learn more about Purina’s support of animal welfare organizations around the U.S., and to see if you are eligible, visit www.purinashelterchampions.com