just a question, did you find homes for your babies?  how are you doing?  have 
things gotten better for you?  i have asked my vet to help me remember i can't 
take them all in.  right now i have 6 older cats (2 felv, but well) and 2 new 5 
month old babies.  they were going to be turned over to "animal control" which 
means killed, so now they are with me.  i meant to find homes for them, but 
that didn't work.  i could not paart with them.  i am afraid the in the current 
financial situation, many more dogs and cats, and around here, horses will be 
turned out to "fend" for themselves.  people can't keep them anymore so they 
just turn them loose.  people around here are seeing moe strays than ever 
before.  dorlis
---- "jbero tds.net" <jb...@tds.net> wrote: 
> Jackie,
> It sounds as though you a woman who's heart is bigger than her pocket.  I
> can relate.  24 cats alone is tough, but add Felv and you're in for a rough
> ride.
> This is difficult situation.  I know there are a number of felv+ sanctuaries
> out there but some of them are questionable places.  There are quite a few
> people in this group that have worked with different places - some with good
> success.
> How much time do you have?  There is a shelter I know of north of Chicago
> that has two felv+ cats and may take another one or two.  I will check.
> I have two Felv+ right now and am also financially burdened so I don't think
> I can help but I will see what shelters around here have available.
> Don't give up, miracles happen every day.  I will pray for you.
> Jenny
> On 9/9/09, Jacalyn Moffat <jaklyn1...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I'm new to this list and I need some advice. Here is my brief story: we
> > were
> > a farm family and people always dumped their cats on our farm, and I would
> > always take them in and feed and care for them, and add them to our barn
> > kitties. We vaccinated and wormed our cats and spayed and neutered them.
> > Then it all fell apart and we lost our farm and pretty much everything and
> > moved to a much smaller place on just 2 acres. I couldn't abandon all of
> > the
> > kitties so I brought them with us and six of them we turned into house
> > cats.
> > I would get them homes as I could. But life being what it is, our finances
> > continued to worsen and we spayed and neutered as we could get some money
> > together but of course, despite our best efforts, cats became pregnant, and
> > other feral cats showed up. Long story short, but default, I became sort of
> > a cat sanctuary for FELV positive cats. I have 24 right now and I love them
> > all. They are beautiful, loved, well-fed; and they are all so affectionate.
> >
> > Financially things have worsened and my husband has been out of a job since
> > last November. Our income is now less than $150/week. I can't keep up
> > anymore with buying medications for them and spaying and neutering. There
> > is
> > a clinic here that will spay and neuter for $20 and I'm embarassed to say
> > that we can't even afford that. I have a degree in Medical Technology and a
> > wonderful, old vet (when we were on the farm) taught me some basic
> > doctoring
> > with otc antibiotics. They are still well-fed but it is getting hard.
> >
> > We are going to lose our home and I'm in a panic. It's hard to find homes
> > for some many felv cats. We are going to keep our 6 indoor cats but how do
> > I
> > find homes for the others? How do I find out if there is a felv+ sanctuary
> > in Oklahoma? I tried Google but had no luck.
> >
> > These beautiful cats deserve so much more than I can give them all right
> > now. I'm really tired. I'm 54 and their care had gotten to be almost more
> > than I can handle. I have lovingly nursed and held many very sick kitties
> > in
> > their final days, and I cry terribly with each one that doesn't make it.
> > I'm the one with a college degree so I have to go out and try to find a
> > full
> > time job, and taking care of these kitties has been a full-time job for me-
> > doctoring, administering medications,worming, treating fleas, syringe
> > feeding some of them etc.. My husband built a nice cattery outside so I
> > could put the outdoor kitties up at night and try to keep the queens
> > separated from the toms (which despite our best effort fails sometimes).
> > And
> > of course they all deserve love, affection and attention, and I give them
> > all some of that. I'm laying awake at night crying trying to figure out
> > what
> > to do and worried about what is going to happen to them if we lose our
> > home.
> >
> >
> > Does anyone have any advice on how to find homes for them or find a
> > sanctuary?  We think if we can get it down to just 6 (from the 24) we can
> > realistically give those the care they deserve if we sacrifice. I love them
> > all but I dearly love these 6 and would really grieve if I couldn't keep
> > them.
> >
> > Thank you for listening. Jackie
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