Aneta Dubow via Crowdrise
October 01, 2012
BENEFITING: Kitten Rescue
ORGANIZER: Kitten Rescue
EVENT: ASICS LA Marathon 2013
EVENT DATE: Mar 17, 2013
2012 was a tough year for me, what with the brain surgery and all. But I pulled through and am good as new, thanks to the miracle of modern medicine and good friends. And with the miracle of insurance, I didn't even go bankrupt!
Which brings me to this. Kitten Rescue is a good friend to many of our furry friends. I ran in the 2012 LA Marathon for KR, and I'm going to do it again in 2013. Here is the story of how I first got involved with these great folks....
Back in 1991 or so, I lost a dear cat to coyotes and wanted a kitten to fill in those big paw prints. I'm a firm believer in animal adoption from shelters, so I looked around and found KR. After visiting a couple, I found Lily. Lily was a feral kitten. She was a tiny black cat who was very very afraid. When I brought her home, the first thing she did was hid behind the washer.
Lily eventually opened up and is now a sweet, loving cat who still looks like a kitten. She was good friends with my dog Lani (RIP), and is buddies with Frankie. Her favorite activity is sitting on my stomach in the morning.
In 2011, I was lucky enough to find Molly and Frankie (then named Sonny). Molly was found in a parking lot, suffering from a very severe eye infection. The infection had resulted in a large, painful callous on her eyelid. A great KR volunteer / foster took Molly in, and made sure she got the medical treatment she needed, which was laser surgery to cut down the callous. KR paid for this medical treatment.
Frankie was brought in about the same time to the same volunteer / foster, from the Compton Animal Shelter. The Compton shelter is high kill. Frankie had a touch of mange, which is easily curable with a shot. Unfortunately, Compton has so many animals that ones with minor medical problems are frequently put down. Frankie was lucky he was rescued, and his medical paid for by KR.
When I first met Frankie and Molly, they were young kittens (about 4 months old). They were recovering from their medical problems, and were given the vet OK to be adopted. Their foster mom was doing a great job socializing them, and, after a home check, I adopted them.
Molly is the most precious cat you'd ever want to meet -- especially if you're one of these "pro dog - anti cat" people. Molly comes when called. She knows commands, like "come here", "jump up", and "no!". She likes to play fetch with her toys. She likes to cuddle, sit on my lap, and generally be cute. She loves everyone, and everyone loves her.
Frankie is gorgeous and he knows it. His favorite activities are strutting around waiting for someone to tell him how beautiful he is, and inexplicably trying to bury his bowl of water. He enjoys sitting on my lap in the evenings, when I'm reading.
What would have happened to Lily, Molly, and Frankie without Kitten Rescue? They would not be here today! Particuarly Molly, who had a very severe medical problem. I didn't pay for Molly's surgery - great people like you did. And the money we raise for KR will go to help pay the medical bills of hundreds of Mollys, and Frankies, some of whom need very expensive medical treatment.
Again - for you people who [inexplicably] "don't like cats" -- KR helps dogs, too!
For more information, please go to our website at www.kittenrescue.org/LAMarathon or e-mail us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ON BEHALF OF THE HOMELESS CATS AND DOGS WHO YOU WILL BE HELPING SAVE, WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!