Cherished Cats Rescue Alliance: Emergency Medical Grant

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to cover the expense of surgery for a cat named Chiarra, who needed one eye removed due to infection and entropion eyelid repair on the remaining eye.

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

We use “Pat’s Fund” to help cover the costs of non-standard veterinary care, such as enucleations and amputations, for cats and kittens in our care. Chiarra was one of several sick or injured cats in need of significant vet care we had encountered recently and it had depleted our ability to afford to take in additional cats. The Petfinder Foundation’s generous support of Chiarra’s surgery means we were able to accept and help cats like her.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Chiarra was a sweet 5-month-old kitten who entered rescue at approximately two months old with significant eye issues. She was found alone in a parking lot in Danville, Pennsylvania, with one eye already ruptured due to infection. Her remaining eye was compromised due to entropion eyelid. After spending some time in rescue with good nutrition and care, she had surgery to remove the ruptured eye and repair the eyelid issue on Nov. 2, 2018. Removing Chiarra’s ruptured eye was necessary to reduce her pain level and vastly reduce the possibility of further complications, and the eyelid had to be repaired to reduce the risk of continued irritation and possible infection prior to making Chiarra available for adoption. Following her surgery and recovery time, Chiarra was brought to the adoption center at PetSmart in Selinsgrove, PA. She spent about a week there before being adopted by a local family.

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