Sheets Feral Cat Fund
Here’s one story that stands for so many. . .
Around 2009-2010 in rural North Carolina, the Leonard Family discovered a stray mama cat with kittens. They fed them. By the summer of 2016, even though they used retirement money to spay/neuter 17 of the cats, the Leonards found themselves struggling to feed 60 or more cats. Some of those cats migrated from an abandoned site, following the food, and found shelter in an old tobacco barn, further adding to the population.
The Leonards believe that “it was not an option to let the animals go without food.” This good family ran up their credit cards to feed all the cats. They saw kittens born, only to get sick, and tried to medicate them as best they could, but many withered away and died from preventable issues such as intestinal parasites, flea anemia, malnutrition, dehydration, predators such as dogs and wildlife. They buried them.
The Leonard Family reached out for help. Sheets Pet Clinic responded.
So far, via our Feral Cat Fund, Dr. Kimberly Sheets has spayed/neutered and provided other veterinary services free of charge for about 30 cats in the colony.
Our adoption program also took in 13 very sick young kittens and 1 social adult from this colony. We are taking care of them and socializing them for adoption. And we found excellent barn homes for 13 ferals from the site.
An estimated 20-25 cats, maybe more, from the Leonard colony remain to be vetted, and the 17 the Leonards already “fixed” must be tested and vaccinated, but we’ve depleted our Feral Cat Fund.
We request your donations now so that we can continue to spay/neuter this huge colony and other feral and stray kittens and cats that most assuredly will come our way in the months to come.
What’s the urgency? As our winters are warmer, we can expect more feral cat cycles, more births. More unseen suffering and death. We can prevent the births from happening in the spring by rigorously spaying/neutering NOW.
Can we help all feral cat colonies? No, but we can do our best to help some, and every dollar makes a difference.
You can donate here, via GoFundMe, but you can also donate by PayPal (you don’t have to have an account to donate) at www.facebook.com/SheetsPetClinic/app/208195102528120/. Indicate that your donation should go to the Feral Cat Fund.
If you’d like to donate funds, but would rather not do it via GoFundMe or PayPal, come by the clinic.
Please help us help the most forgotten and invisible of felines. Thank you!
The Leonards need food, especially canned food, this winter. Donations can be dropped off at Sheets Pet Clinic, 809 Chimney Rock Court, Greensboro, NC, 27408. Be sure to write on your donation that the food is for the Leonards.
Sheets Pet Clinic is deeply appreciative of CatsFirst Spay Clinic and Dr. Linda East for already donating 12 spay/neuter surgeries and other veterinary services for the Leonard Colony. Dr. East plans to donate 8 more spay/neuter surgeries next week! Huge thanks to volunteer transporter Dianne Lamb as well. Misty Hinshaw of Pandora's Paws stepped in early on to find two great barn homes for ferals, and Dara Lamberson of Loving Pet Inn Adoptions funded 5 spay/neuter surgeries. The SPCA of the Triad (Brenda M. Overman) has offered food for the colony.
It truly takes a community of rescuers to tackle a job this big. Please consider donating to all of these wonderful organizations this holiday season! They're all on Facebook.
The Feral Cat Fund is at only $219 now. It was in a deficit when we started this page. YOU helped pull us out of the hole. Now we need to build up more funds so that Dr. Sheets can spay/neuter more very large colonies and prevent unnecessary births this spring. Thank you for donating!
Valerie's update: "Kitties had a photo shoot and just wanted to share a few pics with you. They are all doing awesome. We've renamed Poppet 'Piper' and Blaze is now 'Sansa.' We love the name Dibbs so he kept his name.
Piper (Poppet) is still shy and doesn't want to be messed with a lot, but she does come out and wants to be around us. Dibbs and Sansa (Blaze) follow us around constantly whenever we go out to the barn and help with chores. They rub on the horses' legs and meow for attention. They've already left us a couple 'presents' in the form of dead mice. They are really a joy to have in the barn and we look forward to playing with them every time we go out. Although our chores take longer now because they demand attention at all times! They venture out a bit but they are never far from the barn. Thanks again for letting us have them!"
Let's keep the momentum going! Now we need to build a surplus so that Dr. Sheets can donate her veterinary services to spay/neuter, test, vaccinate our comunity's forgotten and discarded feral cats and strays. The spring kitten tidal wave is around the corner. The more ferals and strays Dr. Sheets can spay/neuter, free of charge, to people feeding large, unsterilized colonies, THE LESS SUFFERING FOR SO MANY LATER.
Please donate anything you can and please, please share this video, in which ancient toothless Minou says thank you . . . and in which kitten Collie, who suffered some trauma to ear and leg, says thank you . . . and Susa, born with a leg abnormality to a feral mom, says thank you . . . and adorable Firefly and that imp Bambino and the other kittens pulled from the huge colony -- they all say THANK YOU.
Dr. Sheets to date has helped about 50 cats and kittens from that large colony, including taking in 18 that seemed adoptable! Dr. Linda East and CatsFirst Spay Clinic stepped up as well and donated spays/neuters and medical services for 20 of the huge colony . . . but there's still more to go! And more feral colonies that, especially come spring, will need our aid. The Feral Cat Fund is depleted now --it's at a $2,000 deficit.
Dr. Kim Sheets appreciates any sort of donation you can make to show that lives of feral cats and strays aren't "throw-aways."
Here are "Before/Afters" of two of the kittens from the huge colony that we're calling the Lucky Thirteen. They'll soon be up for adoption.
Dr. Sheets and Sheets Pet Clinic is committed to ending feral and stray cat overpopulation! We just need your help along the way. Donate at www.gofundme.com/sheetsferalcatfund or by PayPal on Sheets Pet Clinic’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/SheetsPetClinic/.