Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Limerick (first photo): Total medical care cost of $239.56 CAD. Limerick, a 12-year-old black-and-white male cat, was found in Cumberland scrounging for food. Thankfully, an animal lover recognized that this emaciated, sad-looking kitty needed help, fed him, and then called KCP. Limerick was flea-infested and extremely underweight, but very sweet. His tattoo simply read “KCP,” and we discovered that he was from an old feral colony in Cumberland that KCP had helped TNR (trap/neuter/return) years ago. The colony caretaker had passed away and Limerick had been left to fend for himself. The Comox Valley Animal Hospital determined that Limerick has hypothyroidism. His condition will be managed with medication for the rest of his life. Since being in KCP foster care, Limerick is thriving, gaining weight, and his coat is once again shiny. He is a loving kitty who seeks attention whenever possible, has a quiet purr and enjoys being brushed as well as lots and lots of treats. Limerick remains in foster care while we seek a loving, forever home for him.
Windy (second photo): Total medical care costs of $1049.19 CAD. Windy is a gorgeous black cat rescued by KCP as a kitten in 2017. A wonderful family adopted him, and he flourished. However, Windy likes to eat things. Odd things. He eats any small, squishy thing he can find: Nerf pellets from toy guns, plants (real and artificial), and small cat toys. Windy ended up with a stomach obstruction and several items lodged in his intestinal tract. Comox Valley Animal Hospital performed surgery to remove the blockage. Once home, he was okay for a few days until the signs of blockage occurred again. After being rushed to the vet, he was operated on once more. Poor little guy; he just can’t help himself. We’re not sure if it’s a texture issue that he’ll grow out of, or if he has an eating disorder called pica. Either way, we successfully adopted him to a home where he lives a very controlled life with an owner who continuously cat-proofs her house to prevent Windy from eating something again. It’s not likely he’d survive a third surgery. We hope he grows out of his destructive habit.
Sambuca (third photo): Total medical care and transportation costs to Richmond Animal Protection Society of $732.23 CAD. Sambuca, a large black-and-white intact male cat, was trapped in a residential area in Courtenay. We thought he was feral as he was difficult to trap, wary of humans, and a “scrapper” judging by his unkempt appearance, cloudy eye and various wounds. After a few days in our shelter, volunteers saw a different Sambuca, seeking affection and engaged. When we had Sambuca neutered, the Comox Valley Animal Hospital determined that he was blind in one eye and in significant pain from rotten teeth. A second surgery removed his eye and a few teeth. He came through with flying colors and was more loving after surgery. Sadly, Sambuca tested positive for FIV — feline immunodeficiency virus. FIV compromises a cat’s immune system, making it harder to fight off infections. Typically, FIV is contracted through deep bite wounds from fighting. Intact males are at high risk, as they fight more. Although FIV-positive cats can live long and relatively healthy lives, there is risk of passing it on to other cats. Sambuca stayed in foster for many months but was not adopted. We determined that the best outcome for Sambuca was to live out his life at RAPS (Richmond Animal Protection Society), a fantastic sanctuary for FIV-positive cats in Vancouver. Several of our volunteers accompanied him to his new home and we have reports that he is thriving.
Scout: Total medical care costs of $712.85 CAD. Scout is beautiful, young male domestic short haired silver tabby. Scout came from a rural property in Merville where unfixed cats are frequently abandoned. Scout’s mom abandoned him, but he bonded with another semi-feral tabby, Ivy, who’d also had babies at this property. Ivy and Scout stayed around the farmer’s house most of the time, although both were scared and didn’t want contact. KCP trapped both Ivy and Scout. Safe at our shelter, it was soon apparent that Scout liked human contact, he was just terrified. The poor little guy would shiver in his cage and wasn’t eating well. The vets at Comox Valley Animal Hospital diagnosed Scout with feline stomatitis, an extremely painful inflammation of the mouth and gums. Ulcers form on the lips, tongue, gums and back of throat from chronic irritation due to plaque build-up on teeth, making eating a painful challenge. One treatment is to remove the cat’s teeth. Once the teeth are gone, there is no plaque build-up, and inflammation stops. Cats can live long, healthy, pain-free lives after surgery. We treated Scout with several rounds of antibiotics and tender loving care in one of our foster homes. Scout’s inflammation level is currently under control; however, he will require costly surgery in the very near future. He remains in long-term foster care until we can complete his surgery. Then we will find him a loving forever home.