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Help A Cat

$860 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 5 months
JP
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
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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Update 20
Posted by John Ponko
10 days ago
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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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Update 19
Posted by John Ponko
1 month ago
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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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Update 18
Posted by John Ponko
1 month ago
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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
1 month ago
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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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$860 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 5 months
Created November 14, 2016
JP
John Ponko  
NW
$50
Nic Wolff
12 days ago
BM
$50
Beverly Ponko McCarthy
1 month ago
$50
marcelle Taylor
1 month ago
CW
$50
Christine Wise
3 months ago

Good luck.

BM
$50
Beverly Ponko McCarthy
3 months ago

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

$100
Marcelle Taylor
4 months ago

Thanks for all you do!

ES
$500
Elizabeth Stanley
4 months ago
$10
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5 months ago
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