Friday, August 7, 2020

Little Zacheriah

Little Zacheriah on Day 1, weighing only 8 ounces.
Little Zacheriah gaining strength at 1 pound 4 ounces!
Little Zacheriah arrived here at The Little Cats' Rescue after being found outside all alone in a thunderstorm. He was in very bad shape, weighing only 8 ounces at 4 weeks old, and he had an upper respiratory infection. Both eyes were severely infected as well, requiring immediate vet care. Dr. Elliott at Best Care Animal Hospital is such a nice man, and a wonderful vet. After examining and treating poor Little Zacheriah, he concluded that the left eye is too far gone and can't be saved. The right eye seems to be in better condition and is now healing. We are still unsure if he will be partially blind or totally blind. The vet prescribed different antibiotics and will eventually have to do surgery to remove the left eye. If you would like to make a donation for Little Zacheriah's care, you can click here to make a donation through PayPal, or mail a check to The Little Cats' Rescue, 4229 Abaco Court, New Port Richey, FL 34653. Thank you so much for caring about these precious beings!

Little Zacheriah is now up to 1 pound 10 ounces!
By the end of May, Little Zacheriah weighed 1.3 lbs. Slow and steady, he's getting there. He should weigh 2-1/2 lbs., but he has overcome a lot. Just a couple weeks later, he weighed in at 1 lb. 10 ounces! This is a fantastic development. His eyes, however, are still not great. We're pretty sure he can see out of the right eye. We thought the left eye was being absorbed and wouldn't need enucleation, but it's taken a turn for the worse. He needs to gain some more weight before we can send him for surgery. 

Zacheriah and I thank you so much for your donations for his care. We anticipate his next bill to be a large one - as we are taking him to Eye Care For Animals 'cause that's all they do! No donation amount is too small to help. Once again, you can click here to make a donation through PayPal, or if you'd prefer, our mailing address is 4229 Abaco Court, New Port Richey, FL 34653. We'll continue to keep you updated on Little Zacheriah's progress over the coming weeks. 



1.8 lbs. and growing!
UPDATE 6/15/20
Good news...Zacheriah definitely CAN see from his right eye! He chased the laser dot all around the room! And, he weighed in at 1.8 pounds last night! Way to go, Zacheriah!!! 





Now 2.2 lbs.












UPDATE 6/21/20
Zacheriah weighed in at 2.2 lbs. today! He is scheduled for enucleation of his left eye and neuter at The Humane Society of Tampa Bay on July 16th. He's turned into quite a feisty little guy! 


UPDATE 8/7/20
Little Zacheriah had his eye surgery a few weeks ago, and he handled it like a champ! Such a miracle, he is. Together, we saved his life and one eye! Zacheriah weighs just under four pounds today. It's hard to believe the transformation... remember when he was only 8 ounces, and it took SO long to get him up over one pound?

 
Here's Zacheriah today, relaxing with his friend Blaize a.k.a. Ms. Flame.

Thank you all for caring about this little ragamuffin. >^..^<

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Fur-ever Homes Needed!

It looks like Charlie is laughing here, and his playful kitten antics will make you laugh too! He's one of five tuxedo siblings, four months old. Sweet and playful as can be! (BTW, these cages are left open, so the kittens can run in and out of them and have the whole kitten room to play. They tend to gather in the cages for nap time.) We want Charlie and his siblings to have a wonderful home. They do not necessarily have to be adopted together.




Just over two months old, little Ms. Flame is part Calico, part orange tabby, and 100% loving, talkative kitten. She was all alone out there, and we are so glad she was brought to us for safety. If you or someone you know is looking for a sweet and adorable kitten, please keep Flame in mind so she can find her forever family!









Strikingly handsome, with a heart on his nose and white-tipped tail, Sir Henry will give you hours of love and laughter. He is four months old. A purrfect kitty. He loves to be held, and he purrs like mad! 












Little Bentley is about two months old. He's so sweet, loves to be held, and purrs up a storm. He's intimidated by the other kittens, but we're working on it. 














Sasha is deep in thought, imagining her very own forever family. Sasha is four months old, one of five tuxedo siblings. She's a very sweet young lady - likes to be held, loves to play, and purrs all the time.














My name is Brody. I'm only two months old. I was saved from the same street as little Quinn. I love to play. My purr is very, very loud! 


If you would like to schedule a play date to meet any of our kitties, please click here to fill out an adoption form.


Thursday, June 18, 2020

New Arrivals!

Here are some of the latest newcomers to The Little Cats' Rescue...



Zeke
Riley
Riley and Zeke just turned three months old. They are the sweetest and funniest kittens around! They were bottle babies, found at just a few days old. They are now ready for their forever home, and since they are such bonded BFF's, they'd really love to stay together.











Quinn
Sweet little Quinn was rescued from a neighborhood in Port Richey that is overrun with strays. Her mom has been spayed and TNR'd so she won't continue to have more kittens. Quinn is now up to 13 oz. and doing really well, eating on her own (that's food all over her face!), and using the litter box already. She sometimes hangs out with Zacheriah, until he gets bored with her. Quinn is not yet ready for adoption, but we wanted to show you this little cutie-pie in hopes of getting some pre-adoption applications for her. Click here for an adoption form.






Brody
Brody, a handsome tabby kitten, came from the same street as Quinn. All of them were loaded with fleas and parasites, and both babies had a mild upper respiratory infection. They're all safe now at our rescue, where they're receiving medical treatment and lots of TLC.

These new residents have been given the "luxury suite" - the front screened porch - which serves as a calm, comfortable transition from their outdoor life as strays struggling for survival out on the streets, to what will now be their much safer new life as happy indoor cats in a loving adoptive home.


We will be assisting their rescuer in cleaning up that neighborhood in Port Richey. We've already spotted many unneutered males, two females, and a ton of kittens. All donations from this post will be used for this project. Please click here to make a donation through PayPal


Thank you for caring!




Jamie
Another recent arrival, Jamie, is such a sweet and gentle lap cat. She is very curious and brave. Jamie was brought to us as a stray - we thought she was pregnant, but thankfully she was not. She spent the first few weeks hiding under the bed, but liked to sit on our laps. Jamie is slowly getting comfortable with all the other cats and our 68 lb. cat-loving doggie. We would love to find the purrfect forever home for this sweet girl. 

If you are interested in adopting Jamie or any of our other cats and kittens, please click here for an adoption application form.

Indiana Jones

This beautiful girl is Indiana Jones - so named because at four weeks old, she was dodging traffic in our neighborhood like she was THE Indiana Jones! We call her Indy for short. She's so sweet. A large, cuddly girl, who turned eight years old in April. She's STILL waiting for her own home. She's happy - but would love to be among less cats. If you would like to open your heart and your home to Indy, please click here for an adoption application


Sunday, June 7, 2020

Ella -- Que Bella!

Ella came >this close< to being adopted yesterday, but Marshmellow was chosen instead. Ella needs a home with no other cats, lots of love, catnip, and her special food.  Ella had been tossed around before arriving at TLC Rescue. She was adopted from Tampa Animal Services, but was returned through no fault of her own. Ella's life was again in danger at Animal Services. She was only two years old. We are so happy we were able to save her.

Ella has learned to tolerate the other cats here at the rescue, but she would prefer to be the only cat on her human's lap. She enjoys the company of her foster mom's 70 lb. dog. Ella loves to have her belly rubbed, and will lay in front of you on her back, talking and rolling around to get you to oblige.

Ella is also learning to STAY INSIDE. She's getting better at it but occasionally lapses into the "I want to go out" mode. Extreme caution must be taken with her and the great outdoors. She will need a vigilant family, who will never let her out the door. It's just not safe out there for kitties.

Ella has the most gorgeous green eyes, encircled with white, the cutest pink nose and a beautiful coat pattern of swirls. She is very sweet. If her story has touched your heart, but you cannot adopt her, perhaps you could sponsor Ella. E-mail us at thelittlecats@gmail.com for more information or click here for an adoption form.


Friday, February 21, 2020

Become a Donor, a Sponsor, or a Tooth Fairy!

In the past two months, we've spent $4,238 in vet bills, not including spay/neuter costs of new admissions or monthly flea prevention. While we are legally allowed to house 50 cats, we've placed a moratorium on new admissions. With a Sanctuary of (currently) 44 cats, many of whom are special needs/senior, the vet bills don't get less; they increase. Giving Tuesday brought in $1,075. Many of you are regular donors, and that's what keeps us going. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 


In June, one of our vets came to the Sanctuary to administer mandatory rabies vaccines to everyone ($1,700). Upon examination, he recommended dental procedures/oral surgery for 20 of our cats. It's hard to know exactly the cost for each cat, as a thorough mouth exam can only be done under sedation. The best case scenario would be an average of $700 per cat, if we are lucky. Dentals are important to help prevent other serious issues as well as eliminating painful mouths.


Some of these cats have had failed adoptions (some multiple failed adoptions), some have simply never been adopted. When we admit a cat, it is with the promise of a forever home FOR LIFE. When we lost our adoption center six years ago, adoptions became harder to come by. (We lost the adoption center because, after ten successful years, a new manager told us we had to either stop doing vet references and home visits and allow their associates to approve adoptions, or lose the center.) 

It's been suggested to euthanize the cats that cannot find homes. That is not an option for The Little Cats' Rescue. It is not an ethical choice. If there is a "lifer" that you would like to sponsor, please contact us at TheLittleCats@gmail.com. If you can make a donation in any amount, we and they would be so grateful. Click here to make a donation by PayPal or debit/credit card.  We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and your donations are tax-deductable.

Here is the list of cats in need of sponsors for dental procedures and other medical issues...


Cleopatra, age 16
Carly, age 9
Bubba, age 11 (stomatitis, chronic URI)
Toby, age 12
Jupiter, age 12
Feather, age 12
Cameron, age 11 (high blood pressure, intestinal issues)
Texas, age 16
Radar, age 6
Scooter, age 2
Bruce, age 2.5
Tommy, age 15
Andy, age 11
Rosie, age 3
Trooper, age 6
Neely, age 12
Miranda, age 15 (hyperthyroid)
Gladys, age 11 (chronic keratonitis, under eye specialist care)



We greatly appreciate any support your can give. We realize there are many worthy causes to which you can give. Thank you for allowing The Little Cats' Rescue to be among them. 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Grace and Rocky

Princess Grace getting loved on by her prince, Rocky. These two five-month old sweethearts met and fell in love at The Little Cats Rescue sanctuary. They are happily awaiting their forever family. Click here for an adoption application.