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.
The Love and Hope kitties live a wonderful, safe and secure life. But this is a expensive endeavor. The cost to support a cat here at the Sanctuary is over $1,000 a year. The kitties have asked Sonny to be their spokescat.
I was elected spokescat (well, not unanimously, don’t know what’s wrong with those who didn’t vote for me) because I am obviously beautiful, highly intelligent and articulate. They want me to give you some idea as to how much it costs to take care of us. I’m not going to bore you with every little detail, but here is a general idea.
Employee Payroll – $85,000 – There are 3 full time and 1 part time caretakers. They clean and disinfect our rooms everyday, 365 days a year, do our laundry, change our litter and feed us, not to mention hugging and kissing us as well.
Food – $40,000 – We like to eat both wet and dry.
Veterinarian – $22,000 – She takes VERY good care of us.
Medications and Medical Supplies – $18,000
Cleaning Supplies – $5,000 – We REALLY like our rooms to be kept clean.
This doesn’t even include things like repairs and maintenance, utilities, and insurance, as well as day to day expenses.
We receive no government funding and all of our support is from private donations. The officers and directors receive no compensation. Every penny raised goes solely to our care.
I have a sponsor, and I let her know how I am and when I can get some computer time, send her an email. Some of my friends do not have sponsors and would love a virtual adoption and person all of their own for Christmas. It would be the best present that they could receive.
Thank you for hearing my pitch and thank you for your help.
‘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.
Many of you followed “Our Heroine” Portia’s journey since last year and know all about her difficult beginning and subsequent recovery from three leg surgeries that were the result of a terrible raccoon bite while she was giving birth. (You can read Portia’s past stories by clicking HERE; her stories can be found on the dates of 9/19/12, 1/26/13, 2/16/13, 2/25/13, 3/4/13 and 3/11/13.)
You cheered her on as she selflessly cared for her newborns despite a raging infection and the pain caused by multiple breaks to her leg.
You were with her through three leg surgeries performed in the hope of saving her leg.
You voted for her in Petfinder.com’s Luckiest Pet Contest and while she didn’t win that contest, she is certainly a winner in everyone’s heart.
Her third surgery was in January, and she recently had the six month follow up x-ray to determine what more, if anything, needed to be done. It was necessary to assess her leg’s current bone density so that the vet could decide whether or not some of the hardware needed to be removed from her leg. (I know it sounds strange, but if she was developing osteoporosis some of the hardware would have had to be removed to “destabilize” the leg and hopefully increase her bone density).
Her leg is GREAT! No osteoporosis or bone thinning. No more surgery necessary for this valiant girl!!! Yeah! Portia!
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.
Please Vote Portia The Country’s Luckiest Pet!
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.
Please Vote Portia The Country’s Luckiest Pet!