Dear SD CATS supporter,
Spring is a time for kittens, lots of them! And while we here at Cat Adoption Service have our hands full with new kittens, we have also had some very special adolescents sent our way this spring.
Noey and his sister Nia (10 months) were thrown onto the street to fend for themselves when their owner moved away. In his time on the street, Noey suffered an injury to his leg, which was severely smashed, broken in three places. When we rescued him, the injury was approximately 4 weeks old and he needed major surgery to add a bone plate and stabilize the leg. This sweet loving boy deserved no less than a second chance at life so of course we paid to have the surgery done. The surgeon said the surgery appears sucessfull and with the right care and physical therapy, Noey should gain back good mobility in his leg and be ready for a new loving home and second chance at a good life.
At San Diego Cat Adoption Service, we are constantly working to give second chances to as many cats as we can; cats that have been discarded by their owners, or ignored and left to multiply by unaware people. We know you care about ending homelessness for cats. Make sure you spay or neuter your pets, and educate your friends, neighbors, even strangers about the importance of spay/neuter for all pets! It's easy to make a difference. If you have questions about how to help stray cats you know of in your neighborhood, check out the information on our website about us and about other groups, such as the Feral Cat Coalition.
In addition to helping through spreading the word, we really appreciate (and depend on) your donations! There is a great giving opportunity coming up! Global Giving has $75,000 available in matching funds for a bonus day, which will be May 13. On May 13th, between 6 am and 9 pm Pacific time, all donations up to $1000 will be matched at a percentage determined by how much money is raised that day. If you are a recurring donor, or a sometime donor, please mark your calendar for May 13th; giving then will mean your dollar goes further to help us and the kitties!
Thank you again for all you do to help homeless cats! Have a beautiful spring!
Hello dear supporters! Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and in honor of it, here is the story of two very sweet kitties who lived happily ever after! At San Diego Cat Adoption Service, many of our rescued cats come from area animal shelters, where they are running out of time to live.
Several months ago, we received a request to rescue Fred from an area shelter. While planning his rescue, we discovered that he had a brother and made the decision to take both. Fred and Barney were pulled from the shelter on their last day to live. We soon discovered that the 8 month old pair were very bonded. Barney (short hair) is an outgoing and bossy explorer, while Fred is a laid-back lap kitty. They sleep together, follow each other everywhere and both seem to be lost if they get too far away from each other. We insisted this pair of brothers go home together, and after 4 months in rescue, they found a wonderful home in Carlsbad! These two sweeties deserve the wonderful life they will now have. Their new parents are thrilled to have them in their lives.
Hope this story warmed your heart for Valentine's Day! We want to thank you for all you do to show your love for the homeless and helpless cats of the San Diego area. Without your generous support and donations, we could not do what we love to do- save cats from suffering and misery and offer them love, care and a happy, safe life!
Its the time of year for good food, warm homes, and time with loved ones! Here at San Diego Cat Adoption Service, we hope to make it that way for many more abandoned cats and kittens too! This adorable kitty family was found in a trash heap in Imperial Beach. It took our team of dedicated volunteers 3 days of trapping to catch all 6 babies and mom. After they were all socialized in a caring foster home, vetted and spayed/neutered, they have all found happy homes!
Some people might ask why our volunteers and supporters are so generous with their time, efforts, and donations. We are all inspired by the generosity and kindness of cats themselves! A good example is mama cat Dawn, whose story is below:
SDCATS pulled Dawn and her babies were from a high-kill shelter. All the cats battled horrible upper respiratory infections, however after constant supportive care, they are healthy and just went up on our website for pre-adoption! While in foster care, another batch of underaged rescued kittens was brought in from a shelter; when mom Dawn discovered them waiting in the hallway, she was insistent that they come out. She went to their crate and cried putting her paw through the bars. They all came to the crate door reaching out and crying. She has now adopted them as her own. It was not our plan but sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants.
Thank you for all your generosity and support of our ongoing efforts to find loving, caring homes for abandoned cats in the San Diego area. We cannot continue our life-saving work without your support!
From all of us to all of you, happy holidays and thank you!
As summer winds up, San Diego Cat Adoption Service has many adorable cats and kittens ready for adoption and waiting to join their forever families. Many of these kittens come to us through the efforts of various kind and concerned people who see a stray cat mother in their neighborhood and take the responsibility to make a phone call. In the case of stray mothers who are truly feral, or wild, we wait until the kittens are weaned and then spay the mother and return her to the area she was found, or sometimes relocate them to a safer area, such as a colony that is managed and fed. The practice of trap, spay/neuter, release (TNR) is essential to the humane management of feral cat populations. In San Diego county the practice of TNR by groups such as the Feral Cat Coalition (FCC) lowered the rate of cats being impounded and euthanized by 50% over a five year period. At Cat Adoption Service we provide loving homes for new kittens and occasionally for docile, sweet cats who are found mixing in feral colonies. All cats and kittens in our care live in foster homes until they are adopted, which ensures the best care and also socializes them. Unfortunately the cost of medical expenses, food, litter, and miscellaneous supplies are almost never entirely covered by the cost of adopting a cat, and the longer a cat stays with us, the greater this discrepancy. That is why we depend so much on the generosity of supporters like you. Your donations are indispensable in rescuing multitudes of homeless cats from a slow and painful death by disease, predators, cars, starvation and cruelty. Thank you for all you do to improve the lives of homeless cats in San Diego County. We appreciate it so much, and words cannot describe how much they appreciate it!
Spring has Sprung in San Diego, and that means.. kittens! Lots and lots of them! Kitten season is a joyous, exciting, and slightly hectic time at Cat Adoption Service. The influx of newborn kittens requires extra time and dedicated care by our team of amazing foster parents. Although many of the kittens we take in come along with their mother, some are orphaned as infants and need round-the-clock care in order to survive. Many mothers with babies come to us via the Feral Cat Society. We take in these mothers, allow them to nurse and care for their young until the kittens reach about 4 weeks of age, when we wean them. If the mothers turn out to be friendly, they are spayed and put up for adoption. Some of our favorite adoptions are when mothers get to go home with one or more of their babies! In the cases of mothers who are truly feral, they are spayed and returned to their colony.
Kittens orphaned at a young age require extra special parenting. They need to be fed every two hours for the first week of life, and every 3 hours for the next few weeks. Although these bottle-babies require intense care, the pay-off is sweet, seeing a kitten grow and change daily is fascinating and adorable!
As always, we depend on your help to cover the costs of the overwhelming number of young cats who need care and homes this time of year. Kittens require several anti-parasite regimens, internal and external, along with vaccine booster series, food, litter, sometimes extra health care. Not to be forgotten are the older cats in residence in our foster homes and adoption sites, patiently waiting for the perfect person to come along and take them home. Cats who stay with us longer require ongoing care and resources.
A big thanks to our amazing volunteers: foster parents, adoption counselors, transporters, and those who complete the various tasks required to keep our organization running smoothly. And from all of us to you: thanks to you for all you do to help the homeless cats of San Diego County! We couldn't do it without you.
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