It's kitten season and kittens have definitely been pouring in!
We can't say no to little faces that are given just few more hours to live!
~ Unfortunately it is not as easy as saying YES~
They need a foster home and they need to be on good food with lots of cuddles. If you have a cat you do know how much food costs. And these guys eat on average two large cans of food a day plus dry.
Then the kittens need to be fixed, vaccinated and tested for feline viruses.
We tried low cost clinics but that did not work for us. For two years in a row that we used the low cost clinics in our area we got cats and kittens back that were so sick it was unbelievable. Xena actually had to be hospitalized for 3 weeks. Charlie died and infected a couple of other cats, we lost Duffy but the others have made it after extensive treatment.
Our vet is very kind and willing to give us a lot of discount but it still adds up. To completely vet the kitten, meaning to:
- get rabies vaccine
- get 3 boosters of core vaccines
- get tested for feline viruses
- deworm and
it costs us $160.
To stay within the price range that large organizations have set up of $125 we are loosing $35 to start. Not to mention that vet bills need to be paid now and some kittens take longer to get adopted.
We really need help for these little ones.
~ Currently we have Superstars (Cameron, Ferris and Sloan), Lilo, Anastasia, Zak and Cody, Stimpy, Ella and Bella, Essa and Tessa, Zeesee, Flyer and Pilot, Gigi, Starla, Hickery and Dickery, Case and Buck, Puddy Tat, Itty Bitty, April, Cinder, Spork, Charmer, BlackJacks (group of 4 that still did not get their names) and Phoebe. And another 2 coming shortly.
I can't do the math without getting into state of panic but we do need a lot of money to support these guys and help others too.
~There has been a lot of abuse of fundraising going on and lot of it is linked to animals.
It is very sad because it prevents the real causes from getting support.
We realize that many of you never heard of us and have doubts about legality of this call for support.
If it would make it more comfortable you can send checks to
PO Box 162, Lyons IL 60534
and make them payable to Oak Elm Animal Clinic.
That way only our vet office can cash them and we can do the paper work leaving the staff at the clinic to do what they do best - treat sick animals.
And just in case you ever thought about extending helping hand, don't hesitate to contact us!
It feels good to be able to smile!