Grant Recipient: St. Sophia’s Forgotten Felines

Posted by Jennifer on January 10th, 2014

Congratulations to St. Sophia’s Forgotten Felines, they are a $1,000 grant recipient from the 2013 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! Here’s how this grant will change the life of a pet or pets in their care. Photos are at the end, click to see them full size!

St. Sophia’s Forgotten Felines
Addison, IL

I am writing to submit an application for your open Veterinary Care Grant opportunity on behalf of St. Sophia’s Forgotten Felines. Below is the information you requested as part of the application process.  Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions. Thank you for your consideration.

St. Sophia’s Forgotten Felines is a non-profit foster-based cat rescue in Addison, IL. Established in late 2010, St. Sophia’s strives to be the best in temporary care for cats in transition. What does this mean? It means that the cats in our care aren’t intended to stay in our care. Our hope is a forever home for every adoptable cat — no more homeless cats!

We work closely with local AnimalControl Agencies and transfer the cats we believe are most in need.  In our 2.5 years, we have rescued and rehomed over 550 cats and kittens.  On intake, each cat or kitten undergoes the ASPCA “Felinality” assessment test to determine its personality and temperament. Then, each cat undergoes full medical care, and stays in a foster-home for socialization and adjustment before being placed for adoption. At St. Sophia’s, we work hard to take care of cats with many different ages, genders, and medical and behavioral issues, and give each cat the benefit of the doubt, knowing that many have never known love or had a home. Each cat is different in many ways, and St. Sophia’s prides itself on being able to determine what’s best for each cat on a one-on-one basis.

The Board Members of St. Sophia’s Forgotten Felines have over 15 years combined of service in feline welfare . They come from various backgrounds including marketing, publishing, business, web-design, librarianship, entrepreneurship and more. We wouldn’t be able to do any of our work without our dedicated volunteers. Our kennel assistants make sure the daily needs of each cat in our care are met. Our office volunteers keep our database current, our website looking great, and our Public Relation and Outreach team help make our cause known. 

At St. Sophia’s, no case is too difficult.  We take on the hard cases — illness, injury, behavior — and help them get ready for forever homes.  With this grant, St. Sophia’s would like to establish the Back to Beautiful fund, where we take on animals in great need and work to get them back to beautiful after being abandoned, afraid, and broken.  In our short years as a rescue, we have saved many with illnesses and injuries and we know that this grant can help us save so many more.  Some cases we have taken on include:

  • Dorothy, a sweet girl who was purposely set on fire — she needed extensive surgery as burns covered most of her back.
  • Betsy was another rescue who came to us after a dog attacked her requiring fore-leg amputation.
  • Eliza came to us in 2011 after giving birth to 5 beautiful babies; but the stress of pregnancy and birthing caused her intestines to twist and she required surgery to remove part of her colon.
  • Coraline was rescued in March 2013 and suffers from severe allergies — we are still working to find a solution and treatment so that she can be healthy and happy.
  • Macy who came to us with a broken leg after being thrown from a window; the leg required amputation, but she recovered well and is now in a happy home.
  • Duncan, a boy so close to euthanasia at Animal Control from having calici virus; love and intensive care helped him heal
  • Sangria, a sweetheart that got trapped on a fence and lost an eye, and gave birth to 4 babies while in a cage at animal control; her eye was patched up and she’s been adopted.

Our most exciting story is Dolly the Blind Kitten, who has her own Facebook page.  Dolly was rescued at4 weeks old, tested positive for Feline Leukemia, was missing one eye, and the other eye was protruding.  6 months of care, Dolly had her remaining blind eye removed after it ruptured;  she is now in a forever home with her foster mom who couldn’t give her up. 

And this is just the start of many rescues that are sure to come.  This grant will give us the ability to launch the Back to Beautiful Campaign fund and help more cats just like these.

Attached are photos of Dorothy, Betsy, Eliza, Coraline, Macy, Duncan, Sangria, and Dolly.



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