SPECIALTY PUREBRED CAT RESCUE: Shelter+ Challenge Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
We have taken in some severely neglected cats into our care this year and the money was used towards the significant vet services they required to get them healthy and adopted.
It enabled us to provide the proper care needed to return these animals to health and happiness in good homes.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Theodore was a severely neglected Sealpoint Himalayan that was pulled out from under the filthy mattress of a compulsive hoarder’s cluttered hotel room. He was around 8 years old, and other than being fed now and then had never been groomed, seen a vet or even socialized all that much. When he was taken into rescue we discovered his coat was a solid mass of mats, filth and intertwined dried feces…one of the worst cases we had ever seen. His teeth were rotting and he could barely breathe because his nostrils were too small. At the vet he was shaved, completely vetted and had a dental, which removed most of his teeth. He was very underweight and his foster mom worked on this and overcoming his fear of just about everything. Several weeks into fostering we discovered he had not been neutered, and in fact was a DOUBLE CRYPTORCHID. So back he went to the vet for a double crypt procedure and laser surgery to open up his nostrils so he could breathe. Everything went very well and he exceeded our expectations in rebounding back to health and regaining his personality. He was adopted a few months later. Theodore was a VERY EXPENSIVE cat for us to rehab due to all of his medical needs. This grant helped significantly in his recovery.