Grant recipient #22: Tenth Life Cat Rescue

Posted by Jennifer on November 10th, 2011

Congratulations to the recipient of our 22nd 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:

Tenth Life Cat Rescue
St. Louis, MO

Cats with special needs or medical conditions are the REASON Tenth Life Cat Rescue was founded. Though we have all cats’ welfare at the forefront of our work, we specialize in, and prioritize admission of, cats who need veterinary care that is often prohibitively expensive for other organizations to handle. Needless to say, this grant would greatly help our organization care for cats like sweet Misty

who was found crying on the shoulder of an extremely busy interstate here in St. Louis, MO, her eyes crusty and completely closed due to infection. Her mother was found a few feet away, fatally wounded by a car. Her rescuer rushed her to our clinic, where she has been receiving intensive care, including syringe-feeding multiple times daily and nebulizer therapy to help her breathe. Her hospitalization is costing our organization a great deal, but she is a fighter!

Sweet Sunny came to us from a caring family who found him and could not keep him due to an over-eager dog and some severe allergies to cats.

You’ll notice in the above photo that Sunny’s right eye is glassy and slightly enlarged. He came to us with this injury and, in the hopes of saving the eye, we have been treating the infection with antibiotics. However, over the past week, Sunny’s eye has become even larger and cloudier, leading us to believe that he will need the eye removed. This necessary, but expensive, surgery will keep Sunny healthy and free of pain, preventing future infections and complications. This grant would help us cover the expense of Sunny’s enucleation and recovery.

Finally Thor, below,

came to us several months ago with a severely injured rear leg. Thor tested positive for FIV at the time, so we found him placement in a foster home with another FIV+ cat while his leg healed for 8 weeks. Recently, Thor was having litter box issues in his foster home, so he was brought into our clinic. Blood tests revealed that Thor now also had Feline Leukemia. All of us are deeply saddened by this news and hope to do everything in our power to help Thor stay healthy and happy as long as possible. He too would benefit from the money this grant provides for veterinary care because, as FeLV advances, he will need more and more supportive care to keep him healthy and comfortable.

This grant would help us to care for the special needs of these cats and the dozens of others in our organization. We feel our work is so important, as cats with injuries and medical needs have just as much of a right to a happy healthy life as any cat.

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