Doesnt the Wynn Foundation do a lot of good work for cats?

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On Jul 6, 2011, at 6:15 PM, Natalie <> wrote:

> I have no idea - maybe we should all do some searches to see what's out
> there and ask a lot of questions! I'd hate to donate to anyone who merely
> uses cats for the sake of research; I'd like to see if there's someplace
> where they actually treat FeLV+ cats while trying for a cure, not mere
> research for research sake and getting their hands on grant money. I should
> ask my veterinarian, he was co-founder of AVAR (Association of Veterinarians
> for Animal Rights, now part of HSUS) whether he is aware of any real and
> constructive research done on FeLV.
> In the 90s, Cleveland Amory was on a show debating a researcher who got
> lucrative grants for animal experiments, and not really contributing to
> anything specific - just useless stuff!  Cleveland asked him about a
> specific case (Please note: it was made up at that moment to see how
> ridiculous and irrelevant some research is!), describing a really grotesque
> scenario of one cat's eye sewn shut, while the other was sewn so it couldn't
> close, electrodes attached to the forehead, tail cut off, feeding tube
> inserted, etc. The researcher started defending every bit of it without a
> blink of an eye.  When he finished, Cleveland boomed "Aha, I knew you would
> defend just about anything to get your hands on grant money; I just made the
> whole thing up!"
> BTW- Cleveland Amory was my very first adopter of a kitten that I trapped at
> the Greenwich dump in 1992 - Tiger Bear, an pale orange tabby with golden
> eyes (after his beloved white cat Polar Bear died).
> Natalie
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Lynda Wilson
> Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 6:54 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Dexter and Cali are together now
> You are most certainly correct, Natalie! Anyone know of a Feline Leukemia 
> Society to donate to? Is there a group of scientists that are trying  to 
> find a cure or a better treatment plan for this deadly disease? Our poor 
> babies!!
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Natalie" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 2:41 PM
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Dexter and Cali are together now
>> It is always so sad to hear about any of our little furries succumbing to
>> this horrible disease; I just wish that there were more available to help
>> them to feel better or get well.  One would think, that after all these
>> years, there would be more hope for them! What is it about this disease 
>> that
>> makes it so complicated?  So many different symptoms that mimic other
>> things....does anyone out there care to find a cure?
>> I am so sorry to hear about all of the crossings over the rainbow bridge!
>> Natalie
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:
>> [] On Behalf Of Cindy McHugh
>> Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 1:31 PM
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Dexter and Cali are together now
>> Dear Cathy and Mark,
>> I didn't realize you lost your little Cali. I'm so sorry for your loss, 
>> but
>> I'm glad that Cali got to know your love and kindess. As I said to Ben, I
>> pray you find comfort in knowing she's now happy and healthy. And when you
>> consider that you'll have eternity together, this separation is but a 
>> speck
>> of time. Cali just turned a corner before you did and one day, you'll turn
>> that corner and there she'll be. She's not gone...just gone ahead.
>> You're in my thoughts and prayers,
>> Cindy
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: <>
>> To: <>
>> Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 12:00 PM
>> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Dexter and Cali are together now
>>> Ben,
>>> I guess Dexter knew that Cali needed someone to play with from Dallas. 
>>> We
>>> lost our Cali last Monday and it has been to hard for me to even write
>>> about it.  You were so helpful to our little Cali and Dr. Wright was
>>> wonderful in the short time we had to make so many decisions.  We only 
>>> had
>>> our little girl 5 months and she was tired (but a true fighter in her
>>> short little life).  She ended up with fluid around her lungs and we
>>> drained it once and it refilled back up within 24 hours.  She was so 
>>> tired
>>> but she fought so hard for the five months we had her.  She was the
>>> cutiest kitten but it was so hard to watch her laboring to breath.
>>> I just want you to know that you and Dexter were a blessing to my husband
>>> and I (and our little girl, Cali) and I promise, Cali and he are playing
>>> together now with no pain.  Bless you, Ben, and thank you for all you did
>>> for Dexter and for my family in our time of crisis and pain.
>>> Cathy and Mark
>>> ---- Ben Williams <> wrote:
>>> =============
>>> I'd like to start off this message by thanking all of you for your kind
>>> words regarding Dexter over the past few days - - my wife and I have
>>> shared
>>> and appreciated every one of the emails - it's meant a lot to us.
>>> Unfortunately, this morning has proven to be heartbreaking to us both - 
>>> we
>>> received a call first thing this morning from East Dallas Animal Clinic's
>>> Dr. Ken Cantrell that Dexter's condition had worsened over the course of
>>> the
>>> night.  After picking Dex up from the Emergency clinic yesterday morning,
>>> we
>>> immediately took him to Dr. Wright at Lakewood Vet Center.  Dr. Wright 
>>> has
>>> been on vacation since last week and we were told that he would be back
>>> yesterday morning - but he hadn't yet returned.  I took Dexter to see him
>>> on
>>> three occasions last week for his lymphocyte T-Cell Immunomodulator
>>> injections, but was only able to see him that Monday.  When we took Dex 
>>> in
>>> on Friday when the swelling of his feet and face had begun, we were given
>>> no
>>> advice by his staff who were unable to do anything other than give Dex 
>>> his
>>> shot and usher us out the door.  They are all very caring people and I
>>> don't
>>> blame them for anything, but I feel that any vet who runs a practice 
>>> where
>>> he is the only doctor on staff, should do a bit more to keep his patients
>>> informed about his availability - that way precious minutes or hours or
>>> days
>>> aren't wasted waiting for him to return.  Fortunately, several weeks ago,
>>> when trying to convince Dr. Wright to order the LTCI treatment (which 
>>> took
>>> him over a week to do) I was referred to the East Dallas Animal Clinic by
>>> the LTCI folks - they had used the medication before.   East Dallas 
>>> Animal
>>> Clinic is a wonderful place.  We've worked with Dr. Ellsworth and Dr.
>>> Cantrell there - - they are both compassionate and make a point of taking
>>> calls from concerned pet owners.  They have both been wonderful to work
>>> with
>>> and have been open to taking every conceivable avenue with Dex's
>>> treatment.
>>> I only wish we had been seeing them from the start. We rushed Dex to them
>>> yesterday morning as soon as it became clear that Dr. Wright wouldn't be
>>> returning.  Again, I don't blame Dr. Wright, but when we took Dexter in
>>> for
>>> his checkup three weeks ago and Dr. Wright informed us that anemia had 
>>> set
>>> in, his advice was to "take him home and make him comfortable."  A week
>>> passed as I researched and tried to communicate with him about alternate
>>> treatments and off-label meds.  When you factor in that week and the week
>>> he
>>> took to order the LTCI meds, that's two out of the last three weeks where
>>> Dex had little treatment.  Again, why the difficulty in getting anything
>>> done for Dex?  East Dallas, however, fit Dex in on the first day we spoke
>>> with him and started him on Acemannan injections.  They had two remaining
>>> doses remaining of that drug; a drug that was very beneficial to Dex last
>>> year when he was first diagnosed.  they sacrificed those 2 doses for Dex
>>> without question - had I gone to them earlier, perhaps it would have had
>>> more effect on him. Regardless, Dex seemed to make improvements while on
>>> Immunoregulin, LCTI and the acemannan.  FeLV and FIV are horrible
>>> diseases,
>>> though, and I felt like there was something always sneaking up on Dex
>>> while
>>> we treated him.  We seemed to reverse the anemia, but his Lymph nodes 
>>> were
>>> swelling.  Some days they would go down, other days, they would blow up.
>>> When the mystery feet and face swelling started last week, he even
>>> responded
>>> well with benadryl.  That thing sneaking up on Dexter?  Full blown
>>> cancer -
>>> it wasn't just in his lymph nodes, it was in his liver and spleen - it 
>>> had
>>> probably made his heart swell.  His breathing was becoming more and more
>>> labored and we struggled with the decision of when Dexter was in too much
>>> pain to continue.  Yesterday, Dr. Cantrell started chemotherapy on Dex, 
>>> as
>>> well as steroids.  He seemed to tolerate the meds well, but over the
>>> course
>>> of the night, he became more jaundiced and vomited, while his body
>>> temperature dropped to 94 degrees.  His little body had given out as this
>>> terrible disease had taken almost everything from him.  I say almost
>>> everything, because when we arrived at East Dallas Animal Clinic this
>>> morning, even though he was being hand fed oxygen while under a warming
>>> pad,
>>> little Dexter still had a playful wag of the tail when we placed our 
>>> hands
>>> on him and told him how much we love him.  Dexter died at 8 this morning.
>>> We are heartbroken that our sweet boy is gone and that he was only with 
>>> us
>>> for a year and a half.  He was such a wonderful, sweet and special 
>>> kitty -
>>> we will miss him terribly.  He was a huge part of our family - not some
>>> "pet" or animal.  We have four other wonderful kitties at home who are 
>>> not
>>> FelV or FIV positive.  They have been wonderful as our attention has been
>>> so
>>> focused on Dex for the last month and we owe them some serious one on one
>>> time right now.  While all of the kitties get along well, Dex was the one
>>> cat in the house that all the other cats adored.  He was never involved 
>>> in
>>> spats with any of them and they all took turns cleaning him and looking
>>> after him.  Dex was special to everyone.  In the end, I wish there was
>>> more
>>> I could have done for Dex - I look back at the timing of everything and
>>> how
>>> the last three weeks have gone for him.  Could the outcome have been
>>> different?  I'll never know, of course, but I'm not done fighting this
>>> fight
>>> with FeLV and FIV.  These diseases took our boy from us and I will not
>>> stop
>>> until they are both a thing of the past.  Its the very least I can do in
>>> honor of Dexter - a wonderful boy who fought with dignity and calm, and
>>> above all else, the special brand of sweetness that only he had.
>>> Thanks, everyone.
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