3 Hospitalized Kittens

It's been a very rough night for several Feline Rescue Association (FRA) fosters not to mention the kitties in their care.. Three of our precious kittens from three different fosters ended up at the emergency hospital (two separate ones, actually) between yesterday evening and very early this morning..

We need your help desperately. We do not (believe it or not) put out a plea for every cat for whom we provide extraordinary medical care (often in the hundreds of dollars) -- but times like these we really cannot bear the financial burden without the generosity of other cat lovers.. Our balances between our regular vets at present range somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000 as it is

Mr. Postman (yes, that's the kitten above) and Bailey (no picture available, sorry!) are fighting for their lives with pneumonia of varying degrees. Their fosters respectively discovered them in distress this evening. Healthy, happy kittens with no sign of any trouble suddenly took a turn for the worse..

The third kitten, who was found lying in her litter box, unfortunately did not make it :( The vet thinks it was FIP with very sudden and severe onset due to the presence of fluid in her abdomen. A snap test for panleukopenia was negative. RIP Gadzooks and best wishes to her foster, who did her very best.. Nothing could have changed this outcome

Gadzooks is at peace now, but two of her FRA comrades are still fighting the good fight.

Bailey is an 8 week old kitten who was rescued along with his (teeny tiny) mama and brother from a local animal control shelter. They all struggled with URI a few weeks ago but were doing very well! This evening, Bailey's foster discovered that he had urinated on himself and was acting strangely. We rushed him to the Pet ER and discovered that he has an area in his lung that is partially collapsed from suspected pneumonia. Bailey will be staying at the ER until about 8 AM and, if he's stable, transferred to a regular vet.

Mr. Postman, on the other hand, is in critical condition at Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital. His foster discovered him breathing heavily (http://youtu.be/huwwLYsyxJk) and rushed him to the vet. X-rays revealed bronchial pneumonia. He has only one mostly-functioning lung right now and is receiving oxygen therapy and hardcore antibiotics. The next few hours are critical.

We do our very best to provide excellent veterinary care to all of the cats and kittens in our program. At present we have over 175 adoptable kitties and our adoption fee doesn't begin to cover their basic costs much less these kinds of emergency medical expenses.

Simply put, we cannot do this without your help. Please give whatever amount you can to help us help Mr. Postman & Bailey, and allow us to continue our life-saving work with stray, abandoned and homeless cats.

Thank you!

- Lizzie Ellis, President
The Feline Rescue Association, Inc.
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