Congratulations to the recipient of our 7th grant!
We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the Purina Veterinary Diets® Adopt-a-Pet.com $50,000 Veterinary Care Fund! We were 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 thought you would be too! So we’re sharing some of the submissions, and all of the recipients’ stories here on our Shelter Blog. Here’s how a $2,000 grant would (or, in the case of our recipients, WILL) change the life of a pet or pets in their care:
For All Time Cat Haven (aka: F.A.T. Cat Haven)
Crescent City, CA
Thank you for this opportunity to apply for the Veterinary Care Grant. Our sanctuary is a retirement home and adoption center for cats of all ages. We operate in a very depressed area of Del Norte County in Northern California. We try to make a difference by educating the public about the responsibilities of pet ownership, the need for spay/neutering, and importance of adopting from shelters. Currently we care for 85 cats, most are over 10 years of age and will probably remain here for the rest of their lives due to their ages.
Many of the cats that come here are in need of spay/neutering or worse, they suffer from various injuries. “Highway” was thrown from a vehicle at about 6 weeks old and brought to us. He required extensive surgery on his hip and hind leg, which was broken in 2 places and needed to be pinned. “Heidi” as a kitten, was thrown by her leg from a second story. We tried to save her legs but in the end, one front leg had to be amputated. “Ocho” came here after tryng to get warm in the engine compartment of a vehicle. His poor body was badly mangled with deep cuts and front leg broken in 2 places. Many other cats have had tumors, and cancers removed. With the extensive veterinary care we have managed to save their lives. Currently we have a blind cat, Ladybug, with only one eye and it’s starting to bulge, it will need to be removed. We maintain the health of a diabetic cat named “Cotton”, with insulin, special food and check ups. These are only a few of the expensive medical treatments that have been necessary to save a cats life. As they age there are also a multitude of dentals needed for their health. This grant would help us continue to provide the medical care needed for so many cats like Ladybug, Highway, Ocho, Cotton, Heidi, and others in order to save their lives.
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