Congratulations to The Purr-fect Cat Shelter, they are a $1,000 grant recipient from the 2013 Adopt-a-Pet.com 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! Here’s how this grant will change the life of a pet or pets in their care. Photos are at the end, click to see them full size!
The Purr-fect Cat Shelter, Inc.
Describe how a $1,000 Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund grant will change the life of a pet (or pets) in your care:
The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is a non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer organization providing care and shelter to homeless cats and kittens. We are a small shelter that has been providing help and support to individuals and local communities for 19 years. Many of our cats are strays picked up by Animal Control Officers or from individuals in a situation of having to surrender their pet. We also care for several feral colonies in our area in which we have done trap/neuter/release. Our funds are raised through the support of donations and the hard work of our volunteers at fundraiser events. The $1,000 grant from the Veterinary Care Fund would greatly help us with the medical expenses of two kittens we recently rescued. We are happy to share their stories with you.
Molly, an adorable all black kitten, was found as a stray and with one look at her we knew she had obvious eye issues that needed to be addressed. We took her to a Veterinary Ophthalmologist who determined that Molly’s right eye had a congenital defect and diseased retina. The recommendation was that her right eye needed to be removed. Fortunately, her left eye was found to have normal eye sight. Molly has had her surgery and is enjoying the life of an active, playful kitten. She currently awaits adoption at the shelter and our hope is that she finds her forever home soon.
Within days of rescuing Molly we were called to help rescue an injured kitten. This darling kitten, Hailey, was found dragging her right front leg to the point of a raw wound on her foreleg. She also had skin gone from her chin exposing her lower jaw. The Veterinarian determined her right front leg had severe nerve damage with no hope of regaining use of the leg. The decision was made to amputate her right leg. Hailey has had her amputation surgery along with repairing the skin on her chin and she is doing great! She is able to move around much more freely and have fun in her foster home. Since we could only speculate how her leg was injured, she was placed in foster care for a 6 month quarantine. Once her quarantine is over she will be available for adoption.
Attached are before and after pictures of our special girls.
Molly and Hailey have adapted well and have a very bright future ahead. For us, the expense has tapped into our limited funding and the grant would greatly help us with their surgery costs. Thank you for your consideration of The Purr-fect Cat Shelter for a grant from the Veterinary Care Fund and for your support in helping us find loving homes for so many animals. Our success in finding homes for our cats is positively related to people finding us on Adopt-a-Pet.com!
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