July 27, 2016
The Story of “C. J.’s Fund”
C. J. (Cindy Jo) was rescued and brought to the River Cities Cat Shelter in March of 2008, when she was only about six weeks old. A black and white cutie, she was born with bone deformities in both her hind legs, which were very painful and caused her to limp severely. Despite all this, C. J. was sweet and playful. Our veterinarian determined that C. J. needed two separate surgeries (one on each hind leg), which would cost a total of approximately $800.
As you know, River Cities receives no government funding whatsoever. We operate solely on contributions, adoption and surrender fees, and fundraising events. Most months, we are barely able to pay the Shelter expenses and provide routine veterinary care for our kitties. We do not have enough money coming in to cover such a large expense for one animal, so we asked our wonderful supporters to open their hearts and wallets and send us a special contribution toward
the $800 needed for C. J.’s surgeries. The response was simply amazing! We received a total of $3,440 specifically designated for “C. J.‘s Surgery Fund”!!!!
C. J. had her first surgery on March 27, 2008, and the second surgery on May 8, 2008. With several weeks of cage rest after each surgery, she made a spectacular recovery and was soon adopted into her “furever” home.
We made a pledge to you then that the monies remaining in the Fund after C. J.’s surgery would be used for other kitties needing major veterinary care, which River Cities could not otherwise afford. The remaining funds received from our original appeal were used to help save the lives of nine other kitties, with problems ranging from a severe mouth injury requiring reconstructive surgery to a grossly swollen and misshapen paw resulting from a string being tied around the kitty’s leg to tumor removal and other painful, life-threatening conditions. Without C. J.’s Fund, these kitties would have had to be euthanized.
Having monies available in C. J.’s Fund to help these special needs kitties worked so well and our supporters were so pleased with the results that we decided to make it a permanent resource and requested special donations to replenish it from time to time. Our contributors have always responded generously, and we have been able to help many kitties who were suffering.