Love your pet the way this kitty and mommy love each other.
On November 14th, Sir Charles told you about our generous supporter who will match the donations we receive by December 31st up to $50,000 (if you missed his story you can read it below). In two and a half weeks we have raised almost 35% and thanks to you who contributed, we are $16,700 closer to our goal. But we have a long way to go and asked Oliver Mason to help us broadcast this news. Every donation you can make is of monumental importance to us and to Sir Charles and Oliver Mason and all of their friends. Please help all of us in anyway you can.
As Manuel is telling everyone, the time has again rolled around for our 200+ cats to received their yearly physicals. It is a time consuming labor of love where each cat is thoroughly examined by our wonderful vet, any necessary vaccines are updated with annual deworming, teeth examined and all dental work performed. Then a bath and a mani/pedi and each one is ready for spring.
‘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.
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.
MEET MORE OF OUR FeLV KITTIES WHO LIVE IN THE
“GROWN UP 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.
Fall has arrived in the New York Catskills and all the kitties at Love and Hope are sensing a change in the weather. The days are still beautiful and filled with sunshine so everyone can bask in the sun and lounge on the catios. However, they all sense a change in the air and the coming of winter and know when the temperature drops and the snow falls they will be warm, safe and secure.
A few weeks ago we were delighted to receive pictures of Portia’s four babies from their adopters. These darlings are now a year old and were super blessed to all be adopted by the same couple. We’re so pleased to be able to share these with you as a further depiction of the miracle that is our Portia.
We understand that Sparky rules the house, Lady Day is refined and lady like, Lola is the adventurer and Valentino the “goofball”. The couple that adopted this precious and rambunctious bundle are truly extraordinary human beings who have not only provided them with a fabulous and loving home but they have also provided a special and miraculous chapter in Portia’s tale.