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Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This generous grant was used for the medical care of a cat we took in from a hoarding situation. The grant paid the majority of veterinary bills for Billie Holiday, including her spay, dental cleaning, x-rays and blood work.

This grant allowed us to quickly take care of Billie Holiday's medical needs without impacting our financial ability to help other cats at the same time.

How many pets did this grant help?


Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

In May 2016, 86 animals were found living in deplorable conditions in a condo in West New York, NJ. All the animals were housed in one room, most of them in cages. Well, surely it must have been a large room? No. The room was approximately 81 square feet. That is roughly equivalent to three queen-sized mattresses. The pictures of the room are as horrible as you can imagine. They were emaciated and sick, living in their own waste, in a room with such toxic odors that first responders had to wear haz-mat suits.

We did our small part by taking four of the cats with help from The Lucky Cat Rescue. We don’t have a shelter with an isolation room, so these four cats went directly to a gracious foster home that opened up their spare bathroom to the cats. The cats were re-examined by a veterinarian, FeLV/FIV tested, vaccinated and flea-treated. After that, everyone was scheduled for spay surgeries as well as any other medical treatments (x-rays, blood work and dental exams/cleanings).

Of the four cats, two (Sarah Vaughn and Etta James) have already been adopted. Ella Fitzgerald is still gaining weight and learning to trust humans. Billie Holiday has recovered from her procedures and is currently waiting for a forever home. Her Petfinder profile is here:

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