Help This Animal Rescue Buy an RV to Support its Outreach Efforts
CH Lives Matter Rescue & Sanctuary (CHLMR) spreads the word about cats and dogs with cerebellar hypoplasia (CH) by giving folks an opportunity to meet them face to face. But, because the rescue operates out of the homes of the board members and the animals require special EVERYTHING, this means outreach events are complicated affairs.
Animals in crates take up a LOT of room; so much room, in fact, that it takes 5 or 6 vehicles just to get the animals to the outreach event. Then add the need for…
• climate control (heat or air conditioning)
• a refrigerator to store the special food (some of the animals are fed from syringes)
• a microwave to warm that food
• a sink for bathing them (some of the animals wear diapers and some get food all over when they eat)
• a padded play space (they fall down a lot)
• a rest room for volunteers (these events are usually NOT near a bathroom)
… and you can see how an RV would be the perfect solution; a small used class C RV, to be specific.
Because CHLMR, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an all-volunteer organization and relies solely on the generosity of individuals, it could sure use your help to purchase just such an RV.About Cerebellar Hypoplasia
Cerebellar hypoplasia (CH) is a developmental condition in which the part of the brain that controls movement, balance and coordination fails to develop properly. Although it occurs in many animals, it is most commonly seen in cat and dogs. In cats, the syndrome is also known as "wobbly cat syndrome", "drunken kitty syndrome", or "bobble-head kitty syndrome". CH is not infectious.
In cats, CH usually occurs when a pregnant cat is infected with feline panleukopenia (AKA parvo or distemper or FPLV) and passes the infection to her unborn kittens. This can happen when the mother is actively infected with the virus or when the mother is given a distemper vaccine while pregnant. One kitten or the entire litter can be affected with CH. In addition, vaccinating kittens for distemper too early can result in CH.
Puppies can also develop CH this way, but the most common way puppies develop CH is surviving parvo within the first few weeks of being born.
Animals with CH are not in any pain, will adapt to their disability over time, and can have a normal life expectancy if they are given some extra-tender loving care.
Unfortunately, many of these animals are needlessly euthanized. CHLMRs ultimate goal is to ensure that all cats and dogs with cerebellar hypoplasia are able to live happy, healthy lives.
They work towards this goal every day by rescuing, fostering, and finding homes for CH cats and dogs and by making information regarding CH available to veterinarians, rescue organizations and people like you.