Grant Winner: Diabetic Cats in Need

Posted by Jennifer on August 30th, 2011

Congratulations to the recipient of our 12th grant!

We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the Purina Veterinary Diets® $50,000 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! 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:

Diabetic Cats in Need
Wilmington, DE

Diabetic Cats in Need supports diabetic cats in their original and adoptive homes, rehomes unwanted diabetic cats, and helps to educate caregivers on the appropriate treatment of diabetic cats. Many of the diabetic cats that have come into our rehoming and financial assistance programs need immediate dental work. For instance, in early May, a cat was surrendered to a kill shelter in North Carolina. A local rescue pulled him from the shelter, but could not foster him long.

By end of May, we were able to place Sweet Potato into an adoptive home in Connecticut. He quickly went off insulin, but for the months that he was diabetic, the damage had been done. The extra sugar diabetic cats have in their systems cause their mouths to become a breeding ground for bacteria. Their gums become inflamed and sometimes infected, their teeth develop caries, and sometimes they develop feline odontoclastic resorption lesions (FORLs). Sweet Potato had to have two extractions, the estimate was close to $900, on top of the over $250 for his first vet visit in CT and medications for an eye infection he had. You can see his DCIN blog post here:

When surrendered, Sweet Potato was thin and disheveled:

After a short time in his new home, Sweet Potato (affectionately known as Spuds) has put on a few pounds and his coat has cleaned up:

DCIN recently transported another cat from Virginia to her new home in Nebraska. DCIN’s costs for her vetting and transport were around $500. This sweet girl was taken to her vet to be destroyed simply for being diabetic. She was so badly matted that DCIN had to have her shaved. This is our sweet girl after her grooming. She is now in a loving home, but she too will probably need a dental procedure, and DCIN also is paying for insulin and testing equipment. Her new name is Musette.

These are not unusual stories. These conditions are common for the diabetic cats we save. A grant of $2,000 would help DCIN save several Sweet Potatoes and Angels.

Besides its rehoming program, DCIN has a financial assistance program. Each week, people with newly diagnosed diabetic cats and limited resources come to DCIN asking for our help so that they do not have to rehome or destroy the cat. With our limited resources, we have not been able to offer much financial assistance to those people. We are able to send blood glucose testing supplies and we are able to provide emotional support and education in the hope that those people can keep their furchild home with them and not have to surrender the cat to a shelter. Unfortunately, most shelters do not consider diabetic cats adoptable and they are immediately destroyed.

This YouTube video titled “Diabetic Cats- Then and Now” will show you how a grant like this would help DCIN help diabetic cats.

Thank you.

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