Rescuers recently saved life of 3 kittens; they were found to have 35 ticks in their ears. While the rescuers got out 8, the rest required forceps removal by Dr Rusher’s Rescue Clinic while under anesthesia, as the smaller ticks were so far into their ear canals. Though a rare occurrence, the ticks illustrate another good reason kittens shouldn’t be outside. And how lucky rescuers are to be able to use Dr Rusher’s rescue clinic for affordable medical treatment.
In the vial are some of the ticks the Dr Rusher removed.
Save A Kitten 2012
In early summer, San Jose Animal Advocates (SJAA) launched its “Save a Kitten 2012” program aimed at saving more local young shelter kittens during high kitten season when euthanasia is highest. Partnering with the Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV), which has an extensive foster program, SJAA provided an outreach to the community focused on fostering to insure that everyone who can foster a kitten has the knowledge and opportunity to foster. SJAA developed a new web page that eases the fostering application process and provides an informative Facebook page dedicated to the program. Links to these are located at the end of this article.
Kitten fostering consists of providing a temporary home and care until the kitten is old enough (approximately 8 weeks old) and developed enough (2 pounds) to undergo spay or neuter surgery. Once that occurs, the kitten can be adopted out to a permanent home.
HSSV helps other shelters such as SJACS, when they can, with the overflow of kittens in high season. With 15 new foster homes this year in their foster system, HSSV was able to save 59 more kittens from their partners than in prior years. Those kittens have HSSV and SJAA to thank for their little lives!
Good work, SJAA, for your first year of “Save a Kitten”. Here’s to saving even more in 2013!
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ SaveaKitten2012
Spring and summer brings warm weather and with it an influx of cats and kittens to SJACC. Many of these animals are quite nervous about their temporary home and, for the sake of their sanity, SJACC provides “cat dens” which are reuseable, closable boxes that the animals can sleep and hide into be more comfortable in their cages, and for moving the cats around the facility when needed. Through the years the number of the available dens has decreased (parts break, they get chewed, etc) and SJACC just didn’t have enough for the busy season this year. SJACC, having no funding for replacements, brought this to PAWS’s attention. PAWS for SJACS jumped into action and is proud to have helped the cats and kittens at SJACC by purchasing 30 new dens. The old manufacturer has stopped making them so it’s a new vendorthat is being tried and if they work well PAWS would like to get more for SJACC, as they really help the felines be more relaxed. These dens cost about $65 each.
If you would like to help with our fund drive to raise more money, you can donate to the cause – just specify for “cat dens” with your donation.
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