Help for Sparky - shot by arrow!

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Friday, January 13, 2017 - North Bergen, New Jersey

On Thursday morning Kelly Shannon went out to feed a few friendly neighborhood feral cats, just like she always does before work every day. Imagine her horror and surprise when she found one of her favorites, a sweet, gentle male named Sparky, wounded with an arrow.

In fact, the arrow was still protruding from his body, and it was evident that the person who shot Sparky did so while he was facing the shooter. The arrow struck him in the left shoulder area, and the tip exited his left flank, leaving the shaft embedded in his body. 

Enlisting the aid of a kind neighbor, Kelly was able to get him in a travel crate and immediately took him to her veterinarian. She remarked to me on the phone this morning while I was gathering facts for this blog, that he remained sweet, gentle, easy to handle and trusting, despite being scared and in pain. 

Sparky is currently in the care of The Animal Clinic of Bayonne and we are pleased to report that the arrow did not pierce vital organs and right now his prognosis is fair. Sparky will also be neutered, given all of his vaccinations, and tested for FeLV/FIV while he is recovering from his wounds. Kelly would love to get this sweet boy a home. He deserves to have a loving, forever home after this ordeal. 

This GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up for Sparky's care, and updates will be posted on the fundraiser, along with bills, so everyone can follow his treatment and recovery. GoFundMe donations will be directed to Kelly's paypal. All funds will be accounted for in a quick and transparent manner. If Sparky's financial needs are completely met before reaching "goal" - the fundraiser will be stopped. All funds will be for Sparky's veterinary care (surgical recovery and standard treatment, including labs, medications and imaging, neutering, vaccinations, diagnostic testing) and efforts to find him a good home.

If you would like to help with Sparky's veterinary care directly, you may contact the clinic to make a payment over the phone, or send a payment by mail.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE CLINIC FOR UPDATES! 
They have agreed to take calls for payments and are aware that Sparky's story is on social media. Updates will be routinely posted on Kelly's profile, this blog , and Sparky's fundraiser. Help is appreciated, but keep in mind this is an animal hospital and a place of business. We don't wish to cause any disruption to their daily routine. 

The Animal Clinic of Bayonne
926 Broadway
Bayonne, New Jersey
(201) 437-6666
ACCT. INFO - "SPARKY SHANNON"

Below are photos taken yesterday at The Animal Clinic of Bayonne while Sparky was being initially examined.



THIS INCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION!

We wish Sparky well and hope that his recovery is swift and complete. We also hope that efforts to find him a good home will have a positive outcome. We hope that the person who shot him is found and brought to justice. Please share Sparky's story, he matters.

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Hard copy documentation for Sparky's GoFundMe.
A total of $2560.00 was raised on Sparky's GoFundMe fundraiser, which is located here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-for-sparky-shot-by-arrow The images in this album are hard copy documentation of how funds have been disbursed. Hotel stay and gas bills NOT yet included.
ORIGINAL POST IS HERE: https://www.facebook.com/TeamSparkyTheCat/photos/
1. TOTAL VET BILL: $1984.85
2. DIRECT DONATIONS/PAYMENTS to The Animal Clinic of Bayonne: $454.00
***3. BALANCE PAID FROM GOFUNDME: $1530.84
***4. CAR RENTAL - NJ TO IL - $308.75
***5. FLIGHT TO NJ FROM CHICAGO - TWO TRAVELERS - $228.40
Vet. Bill
Car Rental
Flight home (Chicago to NJ)
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TRAVEL PHOTOS 1/28/17
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#RoadTrip #TeamSparky #OperationForeverHome begins TODAY! Sparky will be leaving New Jersey around 11:00 ( A.M. EST). We would appreciate good thoughts for safe travels for Kelly Shannon, and for her friend traveling with her, Miss Merrill! MEOW!
Please LIKE and SHARE Sparky's page!
https://www.facebook.com/TeamSparkyTheCat
THANK YOU!
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TENTATIVE ACCOUNTING OF SPARKY'S GOFUNDME:
1. TOTAL RAISED - $2560.00
2. $2,288.86 Sent to Kelly Shanon via Paypal by fund manager (Maria Appleby) - Trans. # 323748826R741544V
3. $46.21 (Pending transfer - will paypal as soon as possible)
GoFundMe Fees:
5% (gofundme platform) + 2.9% + $0.30 (payment processing) = TOTAL FEE of 7.9% + $0.30 per donation
4. $2560.00 x 7.9% = $202.24
5. 109 donors x $0.30 = $32.70

We will post hard copies of veterinary bills and travel-related costs for review once we have them!
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Tami Forcellina-Trautmann
21 months ago

OMG... I JUST found this page and was going to donate... I got nervous when the message popped up that the page was closed to more donations (usually means something not so good...) but am THRILLED to read the update on this beautiful baby... thank god this little one will recover and has even found a forever home!!!

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Kelly Shannon
21 months ago
9
9

I just wanted to thank everyone who has donated to sparkies medical fund. It is greatly appreciated and your love for this beautiful little guy gives me hope and humanity. Thank you again

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Maria Ware Appleby
21 months ago
7
7

Tuesday 1/17/17 WE HAVE GOOD NEWS! Sparky's drains came out today and he is doing wonderful! He has been neutered. He has received all of his vaccinations. He has tested negative for FeLV/FIV. He will be hospitalized for a few more days. A verbal estimate was given for ALL of his veterinary care from The Animal Clinic of Bayonne this morning between $1400 - $1650. THE GOFUNDME WILL BE STOPPED TODAY! We have even better news! SPARKY HAS A HOME! Kelly Shannon will be transporting Sparky to his new home in Champaign, Illinois where he will be enjoying his new life as an indoor cat, in about one week. A full accounting of all funds will be given, and we will be able to provide documentation as to how all of it was used, once we get hard copies, should anyone require that. We will also post a full accounting online, as transparency is important to us! Tentative Funding Plan: TOTAL RAISED $2560 Sparky's Vetting $1400 - $1650 Sparky's Transportation - working on getting this arranged so we know the full cost. Any funds left over will be donated to Animal Life Savers, Inc located in Palisades Park, New Jersey. We wish to thank EVERYONE who contributed to Sparky's care, and for helping to get him into a new home!

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Barbara Partyka
20 months ago
4
4

Thank you so much for the update. Very happy this little one is safe and loved.

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Meredith Kirby
21 months ago
4
4

Wonderful news all around! Bless you for helping Sparky!

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Lola Barrett
21 months ago
4
4

Some cats can become very aggressive when they are caged. Poor baby is probably scared to death. I have a former feral who is sweet as can be and I can do anything with him...very easy to pill him...but put him in a cage and he freaks out. It is called cage aggression.

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Christine Bailey Shambaugh
21 months ago
3
3

We too have a colony thank you for caring Every dollar helps Feral or stray....scared but needing care and love Lets not forget adorable Kisses to this baby

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Brayle
8 months ago
2
2

would anyone like to donate to my compaign we are in a very bad spot and we either pay 400 to cremate our baby girl or we get behind on bills please some one help!!

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Jason Khan
18 months ago
2
2

I took a feral cat off the streets they are not dangerous if they don't have any illnesses! They're very scared and they all deserve a home. Please spread the word and donate to your local animal shelter.

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Jernee Montoya
20 months ago
2
2

So happy for Sparky!!! Have a safe journey!

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Vicki Hanahan
21 months ago
2
2

Great news! So happy to hear Sparky will have an indoor home.

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Marjorie Dawson
21 months ago
2
2

We have donated and are glad to be able to give Sparky a chance to know there are humane people in the world. Get well - and I hope the person who did this is found and punished.

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Linda
10 months ago
1
1

our cat was shot by someone yesterday. i just dont k ow what is wrong with ppl to hurt an innocent animal

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Andrew Dubry
12 months ago
1
1

What happened to Team Sparky's facebook page, I wanted to follow little Sparky! :) But the page has been removed :(.

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Sky Simone
16 months ago
1
1

Horrific.. I am in financial crisis myself right now but will pray for your beloved friend. Thank you for looking after one of Gods precious creatures...

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Lill Woolweber
19 months ago
1
1

Many are looking for you Maria Ware Appleby... please let someone know you are OK....

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Maria Ware Appleby
20 months ago
1
1

Hard copy documentation of bills/receipts has been posted in the updates section for public review!

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Patrick Rhodes
21 months ago
1
1

So glad to hear that Sparky is on the mend and going to a great home. If you need someone to split the driving to Illinois Kelly, let me know and I'll help out. I've been driving out to the Mid-west for years. I sent you a message on FB. Ciao,Pat

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Maria Ware Appleby
21 months ago
1
1

A Facebook page has been started for Sparky! https://www.facebook.com/TeamSparkyTheCat/ Please like and share, thanks!

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Marjorie Dawson
21 months ago
1
1

I am like Tami, I thought Oh No BUT now I am dancing up and down. Silly huh? Thank youso much to the veterinary staff, and the rescuers AND the adopters for all your faith and help.

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Kalene Gage
21 months ago
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4

We are praying for a safe surgery, a speedy recovery and a good home for you Sparky, hang in there, there are lots of people praying for you! Purrs and Kisses xo

$20
Anonymous
21 months ago
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2
$5
Anonymous
21 months ago
3
3
DD
$15
Danielle DeCaprio
21 months ago
4
4

Please help Sparky!

$10
Anonymous
21 months ago
2
2
JV
$5
Jazmina Vaca
21 months ago
4
4

Get better kitty

$100
Anonymous
21 months ago
3
3
KM
$10
Kristahl Morant
21 months ago
3
3

Stay Strong Sparky!! You got this!

$50
Anonymous
21 months ago
3
3
Tami Forcellina-Trautmann
21 months ago

OMG... I JUST found this page and was going to donate... I got nervous when the message popped up that the page was closed to more donations (usually means something not so good...) but am THRILLED to read the update on this beautiful baby... thank god this little one will recover and has even found a forever home!!!

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Kelly Shannon
21 months ago
9
9

I just wanted to thank everyone who has donated to sparkies medical fund. It is greatly appreciated and your love for this beautiful little guy gives me hope and humanity. Thank you again

+ Read More
Maria Ware Appleby
21 months ago
7
7

Tuesday 1/17/17 WE HAVE GOOD NEWS! Sparky's drains came out today and he is doing wonderful! He has been neutered. He has received all of his vaccinations. He has tested negative for FeLV/FIV. He will be hospitalized for a few more days. A verbal estimate was given for ALL of his veterinary care from The Animal Clinic of Bayonne this morning between $1400 - $1650. THE GOFUNDME WILL BE STOPPED TODAY! We have even better news! SPARKY HAS A HOME! Kelly Shannon will be transporting Sparky to his new home in Champaign, Illinois where he will be enjoying his new life as an indoor cat, in about one week. A full accounting of all funds will be given, and we will be able to provide documentation as to how all of it was used, once we get hard copies, should anyone require that. We will also post a full accounting online, as transparency is important to us! Tentative Funding Plan: TOTAL RAISED $2560 Sparky's Vetting $1400 - $1650 Sparky's Transportation - working on getting this arranged so we know the full cost. Any funds left over will be donated to Animal Life Savers, Inc located in Palisades Park, New Jersey. We wish to thank EVERYONE who contributed to Sparky's care, and for helping to get him into a new home!

+ Read More
Barbara Partyka
20 months ago
4
4

Thank you so much for the update. Very happy this little one is safe and loved.

+ Read More
Meredith Kirby
21 months ago
4
4

Wonderful news all around! Bless you for helping Sparky!

+ Read More
Lola Barrett
21 months ago
4
4

Some cats can become very aggressive when they are caged. Poor baby is probably scared to death. I have a former feral who is sweet as can be and I can do anything with him...very easy to pill him...but put him in a cage and he freaks out. It is called cage aggression.

+ Read More
Christine Bailey Shambaugh
21 months ago
3
3

We too have a colony thank you for caring Every dollar helps Feral or stray....scared but needing care and love Lets not forget adorable Kisses to this baby

+ Read More
Brayle
8 months ago
2
2

would anyone like to donate to my compaign we are in a very bad spot and we either pay 400 to cremate our baby girl or we get behind on bills please some one help!!

+ Read More
Jason Khan
18 months ago
2
2

I took a feral cat off the streets they are not dangerous if they don't have any illnesses! They're very scared and they all deserve a home. Please spread the word and donate to your local animal shelter.

+ Read More
Jernee Montoya
20 months ago
2
2

So happy for Sparky!!! Have a safe journey!

+ Read More
Vicki Hanahan
21 months ago
2
2

Great news! So happy to hear Sparky will have an indoor home.

+ Read More
Marjorie Dawson
21 months ago
2
2

We have donated and are glad to be able to give Sparky a chance to know there are humane people in the world. Get well - and I hope the person who did this is found and punished.

+ Read More
Linda
10 months ago
1
1

our cat was shot by someone yesterday. i just dont k ow what is wrong with ppl to hurt an innocent animal

+ Read More
Andrew Dubry
12 months ago
1
1

What happened to Team Sparky's facebook page, I wanted to follow little Sparky! :) But the page has been removed :(.

+ Read More
Sky Simone
16 months ago
1
1

Horrific.. I am in financial crisis myself right now but will pray for your beloved friend. Thank you for looking after one of Gods precious creatures...

+ Read More
Lill Woolweber
19 months ago
1
1

Many are looking for you Maria Ware Appleby... please let someone know you are OK....

+ Read More
Maria Ware Appleby
20 months ago
1
1

Hard copy documentation of bills/receipts has been posted in the updates section for public review!

+ Read More
Patrick Rhodes
21 months ago
1
1

So glad to hear that Sparky is on the mend and going to a great home. If you need someone to split the driving to Illinois Kelly, let me know and I'll help out. I've been driving out to the Mid-west for years. I sent you a message on FB. Ciao,Pat

+ Read More
Maria Ware Appleby
21 months ago
1
1

A Facebook page has been started for Sparky! https://www.facebook.com/TeamSparkyTheCat/ Please like and share, thanks!

+ Read More
Marjorie Dawson
21 months ago
1
1

I am like Tami, I thought Oh No BUT now I am dancing up and down. Silly huh? Thank youso much to the veterinary staff, and the rescuers AND the adopters for all your faith and help.

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