It has been a fantastic year so far. Last winter we asked friends like you to help us raise funding through spring while we rebuilt the Fix Our Ferals team and updated our mission to serve more animals and people in need. It was a challenging time, but the response we got was the turning point that allowed us to continue serving free-roaming and pet cats and open our services to the dogs of our low-income neighbors. And thanks to certain municipal/county partnerships and private grants, we’re able to extend services at no cost to the neediest animals. THANK YOU for helping Fix Our Ferals save the lives of more cats and dogs in the East Bay and keep them out of our local shelters.
Please continue to support our work to provide affordable spay/neuter and other surgical services to free-roaming cats and the pets of our underserved community. A group of generous supporters will double donations by matching up to $5,250!
Every month about 450 cats (mostly free-roaming) and dogs receive spay/neuter, core vaccines, topical parasite treatment, and microchips at Fix Our Ferals—all at low cost. We also perform lifesaving procedures on cats and dogs so that people can keep their beloved pets at home and avoid euthanasia or shelter surrender because they can’t afford the full price of treatment elsewhere. Our decision to welcome dogs to Fix Our Ferals meant we could save more animals and keep them out of shelters. We’ve received a lot of encouraging feedback about that decision as well as inspiring responses from folks who have brought animals to us for urgent help. Here are a few of those stories:
When Nina’s rambunctious cat Pablo swallowed a string of ribbon, she took him to four veterinary clinics and spent about $1,000 before learning the ribbon had to be removed from Pablo’s small intestine soon or he could die. She was quoted an additional cost of $7,000-$8,000 for the surgery. “I knew we couldn’t afford it and I didn’t want Pablo to be in pain,” Nina said. “My heart was broken. Devastated, I cried knowing I would have to put Pablo to sleep. A moment later the doctor at the emergency clinic made a call to Fix Our Ferals. Pablo's surgery was successful and Fix Our Ferals worked with us so that the cost of surgery was an amount we could afford. Dr. Goh even kept Pablo two additional nights to ensure he received proper post-surgery care. Words cannot express how grateful my family is to the medical team at Fix Our Ferals. They literally saved Pablo’s life.”
JoAnn first met Striped Cat in 2013. He was part of a colony of cats that she fed near her work at KALW, the San Francisco public radio station. “I don't think Striped Cat was a true feral—he was so friendly and gentle,” JoAnn said. “I believe he was someone's house cat before he became homeless.” In early March, JoAnn found Striped Cat limping badly. “I took him to the emergency clinic and X-rays showed a bullet had pierced his upper right front leg and shattered the humerus bone. There was no choice but to amputate his leg. I was referred to Fix Our Ferals, and Dr. Jean Goh performed the operation. Fix Our Ferals saved his life—I'm sure he would not be alive today had he not been rescued.” We were able to remove Striped Cat’s badly injured leg at a cost that JoAnn could afford. We’re happy to report that Striped Cat is now living with a colleague of JoAnn’s and is on the road to full recovery!
Baxter, a handsome black lab, was sick for three weeks and had lost 15 pounds. His person, Pam, took him to a veterinarian who said that Baxter had swallowed something that needed to be taken out. The cost of surgery at the emergency clinic would be about $11,000, which Pam couldn’t afford, so she brought Baxter to Fix Our Ferals where we worked with her to help Baxter at a very reasonable cost. We removed a squeaky toy from Baxter’s intestine and a hedgehog toy (belonging to Moose, his Chihuahua brother) from his stomach. “We are so thankful for Dr. Goh, Robin, and their amazing team!” Pam wrote. “They stepped in to save Baxter's life when all was almost lost. He is doing great! Thank you so much!”
We believed when we came to Fix Our Ferals just over a year ago that we could build upon the amazing work of our predecessors and expand our ability to provide lifesaving service to those in greatest need. Your gift will help us continue this important work and do even more to ensure that cats and dogs in the East Bay receive the crucial, quality medical attention they deserve, and stay out of shelters. We are deeply grateful for your partnership that sustains us. Welcome to our future.
Jean Goh, DVM and Robin Post, RVT