Vaccinating felines in our shelter.
I am sending an update to our earlier update. As of Dec. 8, we have been able to take in an additional three pregnant cats who were too far along to spay — they were trapped in a neighborhood and we took them in. Together they had 14 kittens. We put them into foster homes and they are now old enough to spay/neuter and put up for adoption. All felines were vaccinated with two FVRCP vaccines.
Today I have committed to a litter of six kittens who were found thrown in a ditch. Without the help of this grant, we would have been unable to take in the numbers of felines we have. This grant was a blessing to our organization and we are very appreciative of your generosity.
P.S. So far in 2014 we have already taken in 18 felines, of whom three are too far along to spay so we will put them into foster home and raise the kittens. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity that we greatly appreciate. All vaccines at this time have been used for shelter cats.
I would like to update you on the grant we received through the Petfinder Foundation. We received 150 FVRCP vaccines in July. We use a local vet who gives us good discounts on rescue-animal vetting. With this donation we saved $900 on vaccines. We feel that with this amount of savings to our organization we will be able to take in 40 more cats and have them totally vetted and put up for adoption. We take 98% of our felines from [open-admission] animal-control facilities at this time.
We were able to take in 14 extra kittens this week from an animal control facility that asked for our help. All our cats are FELV/FIV tested, RV if old enough, FVRCP, dewormed, flea product applied, ear mite treatment and spayed/neutered prior to adoption.
This grant will allow us to save the lives of 40 cats that we would not have been able to take otherwise due to budget restraints. We are extremely grateful that you felt our organization was worthy of this grant.
80 more than we would have been able to take in for adoption. More than anything, the money we saved on vaccines allowed us to take in more felines than our budget was going to allow. So with this grant and the matching grant from a vet, we saved more felines than would have been possible for us to take in.
This cat in the photo came to us with a broken leg, found by the side of road, so we assume hit-and-run. We were able to pay for the surgery (from a local vet who gave us a good discount) with the money we saved from not having to purchase FVRCP vaccines for the cats we had. We received 150 vaccines from Boehringer Ingelheim and this saved us $900 on vaccine expenses. At the time we felt this would enable us to take in 40 more felines. What we were very pleased with is that a local vet matched this grant and provided us with RV free of charge. With this extra bonus we were able to take in 80 felines and totally vet them and get them into new homes. We cannot tell you how much this grant meant to our organization and to the feline lives it saved.