Holiday 2013 Newsletter

‘Tis the Season!
In this holiday season of loving and giving, we are asking you to make a tax-deductible donation to our Sanctuary to help the two hundred cats and kittens who call Love and Hope home. Last year you were wonderful and helped us reach our goal of matching a $30,000 gift. This year we do not have such an offer and are relying solely upon you to help us provide the care all of our cats need.
Some of our VERY, VERY SPECIAL special needs kitties shown here have put on their Christmas best to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Holiday season. They are all leukemia positive and this deadly, destructive and highly contagious disease will eventually takes its toll on their little systems. They would not be in this world if they had not had an opportunity to come here. Their special needs and frequent reoccurring illnesses means that each one requires extra and often very costly care and are dependent upon your generosity. 

But they are alive, and that is worth everything!

Your holiday greeting from Chiquito is in Spanish as he does not yet speak English. He is from Ecuador.
Chiquito was found by a lovely woman visiting friends and relatives in Ecuador. He was very sick, starving and dehydrated, yet his friendly and loving personality shone through. She brought him back to New York in the hope of giving him his forever home. When Chiquito tested positive for Feline Leukemia (FeLV), he came to the Sanctuary in mid October 2013. He received veterinary care and was treated for a respiratory infection. As beautiful and as healthy as he looks today, unfortunately his destiny will undoubtedly bring many recurring illnesses. Since his arrival he has had several eye infections and currently has fairly severe stomatitis (quite common in FeLV cats). Since he had several baby teeth that had not fallen out as his adult teeth came in, our vet removed those baby teeth. He is receiving antibiotics and we are watchfully waiting.Chiquito is one of the most precious kitties that we have ever met. We don’t know what the future holds, but we do know that he will receive the best veterinary care and the most love from all of us. We are also teaching him English.

Two Southern Belles
Y’all have a very Merry Christmas 
(they still have southern accents)

Muffin and Ms. Felix are from North Carolina. When they both tested FeLV positive, their time was limited in their shelter. The heroic efforts of a young woman brought them to us. Since they arrived in August they have had several upper respiratory infections requiring prolonged treatment, Ms. Felix had lung worms (now eradicated) but continues to suffer from sporadic hard sneezing that causes her nose to discharge blood. We hoped that she might have a polyp as that would be easy to remedy. However, last week our vet did not find one. Ms. Felix is now being treated with nose drops several times a day and we hope this will help. Time will tell. 

Oliver Mason

 Yes that really is his name. He was found alongside the road and named by a little six year old boy who fell in love with him and thought that they would be forever friends. However, Oliver Mason tested FeLV positive, and with tears in his eyes, the little boy and his mom brought Oliver Mason to us. He is friendly and fabulous and quite a comedian. He has had several respiratory and eye infections since he joined us. He quickly became the shared boyfriend for Muffin and Ms. Felix, our southern belles. They share their own room while we wait for them to get older and bigger so they can join the main FeLV room.

Love and Hope is an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity and donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. All money received by us directly benefits our cats as no officer or director receives any financial compensation (we do get hugs and kisses). We do not receive any government funding or assistance and are totally dependent upon your generosity and donations. For further financial information, our annual reports are available upon request from us. They can also be found online at Guidestar or the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau website.

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