Furry Friends celebrates #GivingTuesday by pledging to raise $6000 for medical expenses

Because Furry Friends is a no-kill cat rescue, their medical costs are extraordinarily high

VANCOUVER — On Tue., Dec. 3, Furry Friends hopes to raise at least $6,000 for the medical expenses incurred by the many kittens and cats in their care.

Because Furry Friends is a no-kill cat rescue, their medical costs are extraordinarily high. In 2018, they spent more than $126,000 caring for 200 cats, which included nursing 10 malnourished and critically ill kittens removed from a hoarding situation back to health. Photo courtesy of Diane Stevens
Because Furry Friends is a no-kill cat rescue, their medical costs are extraordinarily high. In 2018, they spent more than $126,000 caring for 200 cats, which included nursing 10 malnourished and critically ill kittens removed from a hoarding situation back to health. Photo courtesy of Diane Stevens

#GivingTuesday is recognized globally as a day of giving, harnessing the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations with the intent of encouraging philanthropy and celebrating generosity worldwide.

Because Furry Friends is a no-kill cat rescue, their medical costs are extraordinarily high. In 2018, they spent more than $126,000 caring for 200 cats, which included nursing 10 malnourished and critically ill kittens removed from a hoarding situation back to health. These kittens alone cost the organization around $15,000.

The following two cats – each with a different medical condition and outcome — best illustrate the depth of the Furry Friends organization’s commitment to those rescued:

• Four-year-old Portland came to Furry Friends, scratched and bleeding, infested with ear mites, and with a swelling on his abdomen. One of his kidneys was removed due to a large cyst growing around it, while x-rays revealed a poorly healed broken jaw. As if that wasn’t enough, he recently tested positive for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus). And yet, he’s the most energetic and determined, affectionate and talkative cat, ready to climb on anyone and anything. To the endless delight of Furry Friends volunteers, Portland was adopted by the most loving of families on July 12, 2019.

• Francis came to Furry Friends with a dislocated hip and broken leg as a stray.  Too much time had passed and the only thing that could be done for him was to amputate his right rear leg.  He is all healed and mostly adjusted to his three-legged life. He is an amazingly sweet and very laid-back handsome boy with big feet.  He loves his belly rubbed and now that he is feeling better, we were finally able to see his personality come out more. Francis was just adopted and ready to live his life with his new family in September 2019.

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