A Tribute to Toezy

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Our delightful Toezy left this world on Thursday and crossed over Rainbow Bridge. Toezy was adored and loved by everyone here at the Sanctuary. He was affectionately also known as “The Toe Man” and “Miracle Boy”. The seven toes on each of his paws inspired his name.
 
For me, he was and will always be my “Miracle Boy”. Seven years ago, he was brought to the Sanctuary, having been found by a young woman who worked here. He was about 8 weeks old, affectionate, playful, loving and delicious. He was healthy and energetic, full of life and curiosity. So when I took him to the vet, I was stunned when he tested positive for both FeLV and FIV. 
 
The Sanctuary was only one year old and we did not have a separate room for FeLV kitties. I had not given a great deal of thought to providing a place for FeLV kitties within the Sanctuary. We were very young and only the first building was completed. There was no special room for Toezy. 
 
I appropriated a very small room in the office area that could be isolated and this became Toezy’s home. He was full of life and wanted to play, so I contacted several vets in the area and let it be known that I was looking for a companion for him. Along came Payton, a beautiful orange girl about the same age as Toezy. They adored each other and for almost a year were inseparable. 
 
When they were about one year old, Payton became very sick and died. The FeLV curse had claimed its first victim here at the Sanctuary. Toezy was grieving and although we all played with and comforted him, it just wasn’t quite enough. I made the decision to offer a permanent home to as many of these FeLV kitties as we could, and a room was set aside in our new building just for them.
 
When news of this room reached the vets in the community,  Toezy quickly had many friends and playmates. He delighted in being the host who introduced newcomers and made sure that they settled in and were happy. He continued as the Master of Ceremonies for seven wonderful years. 
 
If were not for Toezy, this room might not have come into existence when it did. Caring for FeLV kittens and cats might not have become one of the most rewarding things that we do. For all of us it also is one that too often brings sadness and loss and tears. Almost all the kittens fulfill the prediction; fifty percent die by the age of one year and eighty percent by the age of two. 
 
But there must be an exception to every rule, and that was my Toezy. He lived for seven joyful and playful years. He loved and was deeply loved by all.
 
I have no doubt that the universe sent Toezy to me as a guide and inspiration in the decision to care for and include FeLV kitties in our Sanctuary. His spirit will never leave Love and Hope. We all will carry “The Toe Man” in our hearts. His living for seven years is indeed a miracle but because of the legacy he helped create, all of our FeLV kitties have had a chance to live and play and bask in the sun because of him; this is the true miracle. 
 
WELL DONE! Life well lived my precious Miracle Boy!

Spring is Here!

ImageThe spring is when each of our 200+ cats begins to receive their yearly physical. Every cat is examined thoroughly by our wonderful Vet, Dr. Bridget Barry. As all of our cats are group-housed in a cage free environment, for the health of all of our cats, it is necessary to ensure that their vaccinations and deworming are current. Their teeth are cleaned, and any needed dental work is done. As a final step, their ears are checked and each receives a bath followed by a mani/pedi (kitty spa time). 


It takes several months to accomplish this task and this level of care is expensive. Please consider a donation to us by Clicking Here! Every $20 donated to Love and Hope helps two of our feline friends receive their yearly check-ups. Please help us help them stay healthy.

Time is Running Out…

One week left! Voting is over March 18th 2013. Click Here to go directly to Portia’s voting page. If you are not a Petfinder member, when you click on “Vote for This Pet” you can register. Once you are registered, you can vote for Portia once a day during this time period.Image

Please Vote Portia The Country’s Luckiest Pet!

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Two weeks of voting left until March 18th 2013. Click Here to go directly to Portia’s voting page. If you are not a Petfinder member, when you click on “Vote for This Pet” you can register. Once you are registered, you can vote for Portia once a day during this time period.Image

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Vote EVERY Day!

Voting continues through March 18th 2013. Click Here to go directly to Portia’s voting page. If you are not a Petfinder member, when you click on “Vote for This Pet” you can register. Once you are registered, you can vote for Portia once a day during this time period.Image

Please Vote Portia The Country’s Luckiest Pet!

Vote for Portia!!!

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Petfinder is sponsoring a contest to elect the luckiest pet in the country. We have submitted Portia as a candidate as we believe she certainly deserves to win. If Portia wins, she will receive $500 worth of goodies from Petco and Love and Hope will receive a cash prize of $5,000 from Petfinder. We could really use this money to help us care for all of our kitties and to continue to pay for Portia’s surgeries (she has another one scheduled in a few months).

Portia really needs your help to win. In order to vote you must be a member of Petfinder, a really great organization that has done so much to help all animals. It is very easy to join. To register Click Here and navigate down to the Petfinder Visitor Registration, where you’re prompted for a User Name, Password, E-Mail Address, and Birth Date to register.

Voting begins on February 21st and continues through March 18th 2013. Once you are registered you can vote for Portia once a day during this time period. To locate Portia in the Luckiest Pet Contest Click Here and search for Portia in the search box.

So far there are nearly 4000 Luckiest Pet entries. Portia needs you to register now and vote as often as you can (hopefully everyday) beginning February 21st and continuing through March 18th.

If you could share this request and contest with friends, Portia may be able to gain the title that she so rightfully deserves,
The Country’s Luckiest Pet!

If you are not familiar with Portia’s Journey you can follow her from the beginning to the present time. To read more about Portia visit https://loveandhopeforanimals.wordpress.com/ Look for her Sept 2012 stories as well as her most recent video.

Finally!

It has been a long time since we promised a video of Portia “on all fours”. As you remember her first surgery was in mid-October 2012 and unfortunately her leg broke again in November 2012; she had a rod inserted to further stabilize it. On January 3rd 2013 this rod was removed along with some of the screws and other hardware that had to be inserted in November. After two weeks of cage rest, she is beginning to explore. A fourth surgery is on the horizon but not until the summer when x-rays will determine if additional hardware can be removed. She obviously can’t go through airport screening metal detectors, but she is having a very good time just walking (no jumping allowed yet). All of you have been with her since the beginning. Your positive thoughts and energy have helped her heal. We hope that you enjoy seeing her in this video.

Our Thanksgiving Miracle

The first week in September, Garfield (temporarily named Sweet Potato in honor of the holiday) arrived at our Sanctuary. He was one of a number of cats we accepted when Angel’s Gate Animal Hospice was forced to close. He was one of several feline leukemia positive cats. In accordance with our admission protocol, Garfield was again tested for FIV/FeLV. When he tested negative we were surprised and further inquired into his status. We were assured that he was indeed FeLV positive and had been living in a FeLV environment for several years. We waited for about six weeks and then re-tested him utilizing the IFA test (Indirect immunofluorescent antibody). As this test must be sent to a laboratory, we waited several days for the results. We were astonished when the results came back negative. The final step was to again snap test (ELISA test) Garfield after he had been here for over 60 days. We did this on Thursday and, yes, it’s true, Garfield is negative. We assume that a long time ago he tested positive but was never re-tested until he came to us. He obviously fought off this dreadful virus and must have the world’s strongest immune system as he did not contract the virus in subsequent years. This Sweet Potato is a fabulous and super friendly feline. Although he is about eight years old, he acts like a kitten and we hope someone will give him a very special forever home. Miracles like Garfield do not come along everyday, and this is one very special reason for us to be thankful this Thanksgiving Day.

Our Heroine Continues Her Valiant Journey!

 

Her name is Portia. The elegant and compassionate heroine of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” perfectly reflects the qualities of our heroine. Last week we were able to remove her from her babies for a couple of hours so we could have her rear leg X-rayed. The X-ray showed that her leg was broken by the raccoon that attacked her. It is our understanding that it is a severe break. She continues to periodically run a fever which appears now to be under control using antibiotics that do not negatively affect her babies. We have begun weaning her brood and as you can see they are moving around on their own. They are eating well and we hope by next week Portia can begin more aggressive treatment. At this time we do not know if the leg can be repaired or if it will need to be amputated. Throughout this entire time she has continued to care for, nurse and love her babies. We will always love and care for her.