Sure would be nice if one of us could win a couple of million. I would even take in dumped children if I could. But the law won't let me do that and on SS, I barely keep myself and 6 cats going. Seems the rich get richer and animal lovers get poorer.
---- Heather <furrygi...@gmail.com> wrote: > I can sure empathize with your friend, my bf and I care for over 20 > colonies. The rescue bills over the years have taken any credit we can > find, we have no money for a home (health/dental etc) for ourselves, and > our daily lives completely hinge on the weather and our colonies, not to > mention work, TNR and the tons of rescue that goes with all of this. We > just this week had a litter of kittens dumped at one of our spots (an > obvious dumping as opposed to "wandered up" kittens--all the cats are > fixed) with one kitten needing a blood transfusion, and already had several > kittens in rescue. > > So I can absolutely relate...I'm not familliar with any Texas groups other > than ShadowCats, but hope perhaps there is a group that gets damaged goods > from grocery stores that could help with food? We used to get that though > haven't in about a year, it was through a rescue group so I can't offer any > pointers on how to find that but it's certainly worth inquiring with any > group she can find. > > If they have good low-cost TNR clinics there, she should check with them > and any shelters that support TNR and might have a food bank. Our Humane > Society has a food bank for needy people with pets and will allow > caretakers in need to draw upon this a bit, if they have sufficient stock. > > If I think of any ideas I will post, please let your friend know there are > others out there in similar dire straits--not much consolation, I know! > > Thank you for trying to help her, I hope support is found. > > Heather > > On Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 1:36 AM, Lee Evans <moonsiste...@yahoo.com> wrote: > > > This is probably not allowed on this list but I can't just stand by and > > see my friend Karen suffer. She has been feeding about 16 outdoor colonies. > > She watches over the health and welfare of these cats as if they were her > > own house cats. Recently, she has had a really bad run of luck. She rescued > > a cat who needed over $1,000 dollars in eye surgery. i have him now and the > > surgery saved his one remaining eye. Otherwise, he would have been a > > totally blind cat. She also rescued a cat who was bone thin and combo > > tested positive for both FIV and FeLv cat. She spent several hundred > > dollars curing him of mange and anemia. I fostered the cat and he turned > > negative for FeLv. He's now in my FIV room with 4 other FIV+ cats. Karen > > has rescued and found homes for over a hundred hard case cats, including 3 > > FeLv+ cats who did not turn. One of them is still alive and enjoying life > > as a healthy pampered puss with a lovely lady. The cat is over 6 years old > > now. Karen works an 8 hour a day job. The trouble is that she spends all > > her pay on feeding the colony cats and her three remaining indoor cats. She > > has spent over $1,000 for a cat she rescued and took into her own house and > > who after a year, developed a malignant tumor in her ear canal. The cat > > lived with it for several months, on medication and vitamins until she > > passed away suddenly one afternoon. And now, another disaster has hit my > > friend. He car died. She has been relying on friends and neighbors to get > > her to work but she is struggling with the cat colony feeding and is > > running out of money to feed them and even to buy her own food. She needs > > help and there is very little available in San Antonio where we both live. > > I am almost at the poverty level myself, with an online job that pays > > sporadically and two other jobs which are exhausting because they involve a > > lot of driving and delivering so I can't help Karen financially. I have > > over 3 dozen cats of my own to deal with. Karen spends more than $70 a week > > every week. At that rate she will never be able to replace her car, even > > with a junker. Is there any help out there for Karen before she goes > > under? I was thinking that if people could donate pet food gift cards to > > her that would help alleviate some of the expense of feeding the colonies. > > One person has already done this by calling Petsmart and purchasing a gift > > card over the phone with his credit card. He then notified Karen that he > > had done this and the next time she went to the store, they told her she > > had a gift card credit. I think that all pet food stores have this system > > now. Anyway, if you are able to help, even a few dollars would be a > > blessing. I'm sorry to bother the list with this problem as we are all > > struggling with vet bills for our special needs cats but I am watching my > > friend get more and more depressed and desperate every day and I can't just > > stand by and do nothing. Lots of cats are depending on her for their very > > lives. Thanks for reading this long post. Contact me off list if you can > > help. > > > > Spay and Neuter your cats and dogs and your weird relatives and nasty > > neighbors too! > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > > Felvtalk mailing list > > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > > > _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org