2012 Grant Recipient #15: Angels With Paws

Posted by Jennifer on September 26th, 2012

Congratulations to Angels With Paws the 15th $1,000 grant recipient from the 2012 Adopt-a-Pet.com $20,000 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! We’re sharing the recipients’ stories here on our Shelter Blog. Here’s how a this grant will change the life of a pet or pets in their care:

Angels With Paws
Lakewood, CO

Angels with Paws Cat Rescue & Adoption 501 c3 charity rescue that averages intake and adoption of about 1,000 animals per year.  We do not receive any government, corporate or other funding.  The bulk of our funding comes from private donations and although we have Veterinarians who give us discounts, but we do not receive any donated Veterinary Care or Supplies

We are one of only a few shelters in Colorado that take in injured, ill, disabled, and senior animals that would be turned away from or put down by other shelters.  As space allows, we frequently transfer them out of shelters where they are about to be put down for very treatable conditions such as Ringworm, Upper Respiratory Infection and other treatable illnesses, injuries and conditions.

In addition to providing the basic care such as food, shelter, sanitation, etc., we provide every animal with FIV/FeLV/Heartworm blood tests, deworming, FRVCP Vaccines and Spay/Neuter (if they don’t come in altered) and dental care.  For the animals who come in needing more Veterinary Care, those costs can run into the thousands.

Donations have been in rapid decline over the past years and it is becoming increasingly difficult to pay for the Veterinary Care of the animals we have received this year including several animals who came to us with Hepatic Lipadosis, 2 cases of extreme Estomatitis, 2 emergency cases of Pyometria requiring immediate surgery.

Here a few examples of special cases in need of Veterinary Care:

Miracle an 8-week-old DMH Brown Tabby kitten was transferred from another local shelter where she was going to be put down due to Ringworm.  When we received, her we discovered she front legs were twisted and too weak to hold her body weight and she was very underweight.  After an initial evaluation with the main Veterinarian who we use, she was referred to a specialist who diagnosed her with Bilateral Angular Limb Deformity and she is also lacking a Radius Bone in her left leg.  She is currently in corrective splints for now, but she will require at least one surgery per leg, and perhaps more than one to help with this condition.  These expenses are expected to cost over $2,000 in addition to the hundreds already spent.

Emalthia a 9 year old Turkish Angora Mix was surrended due to her owner losing her home.  Not only does she have a Bilateral Rear Leg Deformity where her back legs do not bend, but a lump was recently found on her torso that was surgically removed.  The Veterinarian suspects it might be cancerous, so we have sent it out for testing.  If it is cancerous, she will need  additional Veterinary Care. And then there is Ricky, a 5-year-old DSH White with Gray tabby was found starving to death, dehydrated with quite a bit of muscle wasting and weakness.  He also had severe injuries including broken bones and injury to his hind leg,  lacerations on both front paws (one down to the bone) as well as  facial trauma requiring many teeth to be removed.  He had clearly been someone’s pet because he was neutered and declawed.   His hind injury required amputation.  So far Ricky’s Veterinary expenses total over $3,500.00 and this is with discounts given by the Veterinarian and Surgeon.

Skippy 3 years old DLH Siamese was rescued from a shelter where he was going to be put down because he had been there too long and had not been adopted.  Within a few months of receiving him, he went into congestive heart failure.  Our Veterinarian was able to save him and diagnose his heart condition which mostly requires daily medication to treat.

We haved taken in dozens of cats and kittens with Upper Respiratory Infections, Urinary Tract Infections, Urinary Tract Crystals, Kidney Infections and Ringworm this year as well.  Our Veterinary and Medicine Bills run between $2,000 and $9,000 per month, not including our Spay/Neuter Costs.  Please consider Angels with Paws Cat Rescue & Adoption for your Veterinary Care Fund Grant.

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