Adopt-a-Pet.com’s mission (and passion!) is to help homeless pets find loving homes. Thanks to our corporate sponsors and individual donors, one way we help animal shelters and rescues in their amazing pet-saving work is with grants for veterinary costs, so pets in their care can get the veterinary care they need to become healthy and adoptable – and then Adopt-a-Pet.com can help them find loving homes!
Congratulations to Keller’s Kats Rescue! they are a $1,000 grant recipient from the 2015 Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund. We are so moved by the amazing lengths shelters and rescues go to give homeless pets a chance at getting healthy so they can be adopted. Below is their grant application detailing how this grant will change the life of a pet or pets in their care. Photos at the end!
Keller’s Kats Rescue
Describe how a $500, $1,000 and/or $2,000 Veterinary Care Fund grant will change the life of a pet or pets in your care.
I am submitting this application for the $500, $1,000 and $2,000 Veterinary Care Fund grant on behalf of Keller’s Kats Rescue, Inc and Mittens.
Keller’s Kats Rescue, Inc was established in October 2014. We are a dedicated group of individuals that work tirelessly to find suitable homes for abandoned, lost and surrendered animals in jeopardy of euthanasia in and around Rochester, NY. We do not have a shelter facility we operate with a network of foster homes that provide sanctuary for our rescue cats.
We are dedicated to helping “special needs” cats get the medical attention they need and deserve. We believe that just because an animal has a disability they should have the same chance at a happy life and a loving forever home. These animals would typically be euthanized at a shelter due to the need for constant monitoring and excessive medical costs.
This is the story of Mittens……………………
On April 9, 2015 we received a call from the shelter to help a cat (Mittens) and her two newborn kittens. Upon arriving at the shelter we learned that she was the victim of a house fire. She was brought to the shelter by firefighter personnel because she was pregnant and severely burned. The owners were notified where she was taken but did not want to see her and stated that they did not want her back.
Because of the stress of the fire Mittens went into premature labor and had 4 kittens. Two of them died and the other two were very tiny and skinny. It was later found out that Mittens nipples were burned in the fire and she was not producing milk so therefore could not nurse the kittens.
Mittens was immediately rushed to the vet and was diagnosed with 2nd and 3rd degree burns to all four paws, under her eyes, her ears, her nails, her tail and also her nipples. Mittens was running a 103 fever, her paws were infected and swollen and she was in excruciating pain.
Mittens paws were soaked in Chlorhexidine, burn cream was applied to her paws and they were bandaged. She was immediately put on fluids, antibiotics, and pain medication.
Mittens was put under anesthesia daily to take off her bandages, debride the dead tissue and infection and apply new bandages, all of which was excruciatingly painful to Mittens.
Mittens had serious infections in both of her back paws and legs causing a constant fever and she was not responding to the antibiotics. The skin and tissue on both paws and legs were dying. She was given another course of antibiotics to try and stop the fever.
Mittens fever finally broke and she was resting comfortably. She had to wear special booties to keep the paws clean and use special litter from Purina called Yesterday’s News (which is made of recycled newspaper) so that her paws pads did not get litter in them and further injure her paws.
All of her paws began to heal nicely except the one paw that had the most severe burns. She lost her toes and foot pads on this paw leaving the foot bones exposed. It was decided that the best course of action would be to amputate that leg.
Mittens had her leg amputation surgery and is currently healing nicely. She is now learning to walk around on her own. Her kittens which we named Cynder and Flicker have grown so big and have found a home waiting where they will be together forever.
Mittens expenses have already exceeded $3,000. Our organization runs on donations and this expense has tapped into our already limited reserves. We would love to be able to help more “special needs” cats like Mittens and with this grant we would be able to continue to do this.
We want to thank you for considering us for this wonderful grant and we would like to thank you for all the organizations that you have helped in the past.
We have attached before and after pictures of Mittens and a picture of her kittens. This will show you how much Mittens has overcome this these past few months. Thank you.
Happy update: Mittens was adopted, and her kittens were adopted together too!
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