Help A Cat

$760 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 4 months
John Ponko  6023
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

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
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Bradley Cooper
Chola King

Cleopatra ( one of our oldest cats 15 years old)

Orchid. our oldest (15 and a half years old)
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Update 18
Posted by John Ponko
1 day ago
Awesome news!
Thanks to Esteban Tausch a cruiser from Argentina, when we heard he heading to Venezuela we ask him if he can try buying the medicine Candy Bar needs, (I was worried the pharmacy would have it, but they may not sell it without a prescription from that country) But they DID!!! So now as I type Candy Bar is being put under anesthesia and the doctor is going to inject the chemo into different places around the Tumor in her mouth, then in 3 weeks to a month we will know how well it is working , so again thanks to everyone for your help,
now its going to be a waiting game.
Candy is a fighter so think 2 treatment like the doctor thought would be enough to cure her of cancers
Candy's happy face about finding the meds
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Update 17
Posted by John Ponko
12 days ago
Only in Venezuela you go to a clinic and they give you a prescription to gi searching for chemotherapy medicine.. today Candy an I wend the doc said 'here's the prescription go to this place and bring us the medicine" after waiting for about 30minutes in a line they said "sorry we dont have that and not sure when we will get it" ( the only good thing that happened today is Candy also have a gum infection so we will treat her for that)
So now i am looking for the meds we've posted over social media here to see if someone will sell to us or dontate to us. Another doctor suggest we buy the chemotherapy medicine for dogs and us a small amount for Candy , she is claiming that she is using it so we will see. Will keep you guys updated.
Candy's face when the doc say we have to bring the meds.
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Update 16
Posted by John Ponko
13 days ago
Good news. The doctor finally send me a message to bring Candy Bar back to the clinic tomorrow to start chemotherapy treatment. 10th march.
I guess this mean they found the meds they needed.
Its right on time to candy's mouth is looking a little different and strange.
So fingers crossed everything will be ok tomorrow.
Will keep you posted.
A special thank you to Marcelle for donating right after hearing Candy's story
Our cats needs more people like you on our side. Thank you.

Thanks to all for everything.
Please tell people about us. Its a on going work.

Take care
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Candy Bar. Excited to get cured of cancer.!!
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Update 15
Posted by John Ponko
29 days ago
I have created a youtube channel for the cats.
Check it out.
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$760 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 4 months
Created November 14, 2016
John Ponko  
marcelle Taylor
13 days ago
Christine Wise
2 months ago

Good luck.

Beverly Ponko McCarthy
2 months ago

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

Marcelle Taylor
2 months ago

Thanks for all you do!

Elizabeth Stanley
3 months ago
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