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Help A Cat

$860 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 23 months
Frankie & Valentino ( up front)

Our story at Bahia Redonda Marina, Venezuela

From its inception and with the help of its owners, the marina has been a free range, no kill animal sanctuary. Over the years many people have taken on this noble job of caring for the cats and dogs here. Through neutering, spraying and adoption with the help of many, including Magda Reyes and Maria Castillo, we’ve keep the animal population down for many years.
Sadly, as this beautiful country deteriorates, people are becoming unable to feed, neuter or spay their pets, and in many cases feed themselves. Consequently, our adoption rate has gone down, and people are smuggling more kittens or cats into the marina in the hopes that since they are unable to care for their pets, maybe we will be able to and we do, well we try, but this is becoming more and more difficult, as the economic situation in Venezuela changes
Gillbert & Maybelle.

People are suffering and the animals are suffering the most, I know it seems silly to worry about feeding cats, kittens, and dogs twice a day in a country where people are standing in long lines for hours to buy basic food, while workers and security guards rapidly lose weight, because they are only able to eat one meal a day. But the animals are unable to provide for themselves, so we are doing the best we can to help them, this includes feeding the animals twice a day, veterinary visits if they become (really) sick. (I say (really) sick, because I have been taught how to diagnose and treat small ailments from a few helpful Veterinary Doctors). We regularly de-worm, neuter or spay all adult cats and dogs
Big Red.

Our adoption rate for the pass 3-4 years was at a steady average of 10-15 cats a year. This economic crisis has also reduced adoptions to only 5 cats in 2016, due to these factors we are now at 56 cats and 4 dogs in our care. All the cats and dogs were abandoned and or smuggled into the marina, a few came to us in terrible condition, but all are de-wormed, given a bath and food, and if ill, medical treatment and eventually Spayed or Neutered
Melocoton

The marina has always been a no kill sanctuary, and we would sincerely love to keep it this way.
The marina has graciously and thankfully continued to buy us some food but with the rising number of animals and the new cost of animal food it isn't nearly enough,

we are now in desperate need of your help.
We are in sincere need of your help, we need money for food, medicine, and for sterilization and veterinary visits. We hope you can find it in your heart to help us!
we are sincerely asking for your help, with this noblest of cause, helping animals who suffering in a country that is suffering

Please! We don't want to have to put animals to sleep, but sadly we may have no choice.
Your contributions are most welcome!
Thank you sincerely in advance for your help

Dellisa Flavius
Help a cat.

Bradley Cooper
Chola King
Fred
Ginger

Cleopatra ( one of our oldest cats 15 years old)

Orchid. our oldest (15 and a half years old)
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Hello everyone
how are you guys doing? Sorry we haven't been very active lately, lots of fires to put out. Well here whats new happening in this make shift animal sanctuary. This year 4 new kitten were abandoned here, the two males where adopted out to what seems so far as good people. The girls sadly are still here. One the the girls who has only been here for about one month is now Candy Bar's baby/ best friend (candy is the cat with cancer, but we can not get the meds she needed) this kitten has given Candy Bar a new least on life she has gain weight she seems happier, we recived a large supply of cortisone tablets for candy from a awesome Vet/ Cruiser from France, Candy happily is not in pain when she eats or plays, ( her cancer started in her mouth)
Sadly thought one of our older cat drowned, this is terribly sad, Zoey was always so sweet and loving to me and only me... I will always miss her. We've had quiet a few sick cats in between, the two worse ones are, Jill who ate something toxic and was hospitalized for 2 days, she is all better now thankfully,
Valentino get scratched from fighting with william, it became infected and when I noticed it and tried to clean and treat it, it turn out to be full of maggots, so off to the vet for anathiesia and cleaing, he's back to normal and is back fight his arch enemy Sir William, at this moment we have Garfield who is sick, but he'e is very feral and aggressive to hold, it is impossible to get him into a cat carrier or to give medicine to, I have been trying, and hoping to get him to the clinic but I can't, He's lost weight and is eating just a little at a time, the vet advice me to try putting medicine into the canned cat food and give him this, no idea if he would eat it or even why he's sick.. well this is all the ups and downs of our little free range sanctuary. We now have 5 cats to be spayed and neuter the new ones (even the ones who have new homes) one adult male ( Buddy) there's also a feral female I am hoping to trap and have her spayed, She was pregnant a few months ago, not sure where or what happen to the babies, but every few days she comes to the marina to look for food then she leaves again, If you guys can find it in your hearts to help/donate again to our cats for surgey and more food we would be so happy and extremely greatfull. .
Theres a sad possibility that the marina number may grow by 8 adult cats soon, the owner of the 8 cats has sadly died of cancer, she was a woman with a large heart for strays, we do not know if her family will try to find homes for them or if they will continue to feed them, since her place and cats are in the apartment section/ parking lot, if these 8 cats are hungry they will simply walk around to the marina to look for food. So fingers, eyes and toes crossed that they will not go hungry...

I am attaching a video of candy and her new baby to make you guys smile, ( it makes me happy.)
Take care everyone
Lost of Love, purrs, barks and wet nose kissing we are sending your way.


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Hello everyone,
And welcome to Help a cat update.
We have had a few good things happen since the last time, I give and update
We recived medicine lots of badly needed stuff, like, things for UTI caused by kidney stones, medicine to help dissolve the stones, food to help prevent stones and enought fleas/ticks and worms medicine (more precious than diamonds, all of them)
All of it was from a french cruiser who's wife in a Vet in France. Christmas came early for all the babies,
Another good thing is "cruising world" magazies featured an article about us asking people to help, that was great, the article isn't on the Wedsite yet only in print, so fingers crossed we will get more help, everyone has been so awesome, I do wish I could do more for the in the street animals thought, I ask a vet about launching a few trap neutered and return program to help control the street cat populations but she said "sorry no meds to do that".
On a sadder note I have lost two of my lovely assistants and little helpers ( they have left Venezuela. ) so we now have vacancies.
Qualification: must love animals ,
Must have good a memory to remember 57 names & feeding locations.
Salary: starts at %70 of cats being afraid, worried and untrusting of you
(Many unquestioning who you are and why you have the precious food bag and bowl)
Salary will eventually raise to, lots of meows, head butting, weaving between your leg, trying to trip you up and purrs of happiness..
If you are interested just show up with good walking shoes.
Another not so great news is about Candy Bar, the precious chemo medicine from Argentina has expire and can't be used. It turns out that the meds my friend bought was not a very stable version, ( The Vet did not tell me any of this before, they simply give me a prescription and said "here buy this", It seems the meds in Crystal form, were the Vets have to mix it up, is not so stable and have a short shelf life, it should have been mixed by the specialist, as you can imagine I was not a very nice person when I tried to make and appointment for Candy's treatment only to be told "I need new meds, they can't and will not use the half a bottle i still have left,
so now we are almost back to square one, we are asking people who are coming back to Venezuela to see if a pharmacist in another country will sell it to them without a prescription
So this is pretty disappointing.
I am making Candy happy and feeding her things she likes (chicking liver and rice), untell the end or if we get more meds ( hopefully it will not be too late) Well this is it from us.

Lots of Love, Meows and Purrs we are sending your way.
Help A Cat.
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Hello everyone,
We have a few great news.
Candy Bar had her second treatment of chemotherapy last Wednesday, the test before the treatment shows that the tumor is shrinking, so that's cool.

Also although two kittens were abandoned in the marina we were able to find homes for them right away, so thats great.
We were able to find a good home for one of our older cat Tamara, this is exciting because here most people have the misconception that adopting an adult cat or dog isn't good, because an adult animals will not bond or love the person or that, they will run away. Hahahaha. Tamara's new parents took her on a 2-3weeks trial period luckily their in love with her and bought her a new cat tree.( he hit the kitty jackpot)

A few days ago at feeding time I saw a man in a car trying to run over of our cat, the cat was crossing the driveway and instead of letting him pass he speed up, but when he saw me, he stoped and luckily the Sheriff Squeaky was alright and was just bump with the bonnet, The good news was after me yelling at him, the security guards go involved and told him the cats live here, you do not, if you hurt any of them you are banned from coming back here. So I was happy seeing and knowing that after all our work to get locals to realize that animals should not be mistreated that it is paying off.

I am posting a video of Bradley Cooper playing witha plant he love this plant everyday, its like catnip to him.

Take care everone
Lots of Love, Purrs and wet nose kisses
from all the cats from
Bahia Redonda.
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One week after chemotherapy treatment and candy bar is still being adorable.
I love this Video enjoy guys
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Raised by 8 people in 23 months
Created November 14, 2016
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$50
Christine Wise
21 months ago

Good luck.

BM
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Beverly Ponko McCarthy
21 months ago

I support all your efforts for our kitty friends' welfare! Keep up the good work!

$100
Marcelle Taylor
21 months ago

Thanks for all you do!

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