Sheets Feral Cat Fund

$5,625 of $9,500 goal

Raised by 100 people in 23 months
The Sheets Feral Cat Fund of Sheets Pet Clinic asks for your support in its efforts to spay/neuter feral and stray cats before the next kitten boom in spring 2017. 

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!

FOOD

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.

SPECIAL THANKS

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.
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Winter is coming, but spring, with all the births of unwanted kittens, is just a whisker away. We need to be proactive and spay/neuter community/free-roaming cats now, this fall and winter, to impact the numbers born in the early spring throughout the next fall.

With the Feral Cat Fund, Dr. Sheets offers her veterinary services free of charge to those who join us in our commitment to end feral and stray cat overpopulation.

She needs your help in covering cost-only for this service to the community. In a short period of time, 10 cats can become 70.

Donate at www.gofundme.com/sheetsferalcatfund or by PayPal on Sheets Pet Clinic’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/SheetsPetClinic/

The Feral Cat Fund operates solely on donations from people who believe the life of a feral or stray cat is every bit as worth that of a pet cat – that they should not be “forgotten felines.”

Veterinary services include spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, and an ear tip.

Cats going through the Feral Cat Fund must be brought in humane traps.

We thank you for stepping up to show that stray and feral cats are not throw-away lives!

Please Note: The Feral Cat Fund is for people feeding large colonies of cats (30 in number or more). It’s for people with overwhelming need after they’ve exhausted other resources in seeking help. We also use the Feral Cat Fund to help long-time rescuers with on-going TNR (trap-neuter-return) projects. Colonies are helped on a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to relocate feral cats or take in feral kittens.

Sheets Pet Clinic offers to the public a feral cat spay/neuter rate of $45. That fee includes rabies.
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Update on 28 adoptables pulled Thomasville colony from Sheets Pet Clinic adoptions: We have names! All are well. Sadly, one underweight bottle-feeder died of "fading kitten syndrome." She was tiny compared to the others. The moms are small, yet had large litters. Pasha (pictured here) is a young mom named after a butterfly, and her babes are all named after butterflies. They are: Skipper (orange, male), Holly Blue (black, female), Monarch (black, male) Sheridan (brown tabby, male), Spicebush (torbie, female), and Painted Lady (torbie with a streak of orange on her head, female). Stay tuned! More pics to come as they grow up. Please consider a donation to Sheets Pet Clinic cat adoptions. Thanks to Bree, foster mom, for this photo! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE foster homes. http://sheetspetclinic.com/cat-adoptions.html
Pasha with Butterfly Babes
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Pasha, mom of the Butterfly Litter of the Thomasville colony Sheets Pet Clinic cat adoptions recently helped, in her foster home tonight. She's nursing her first litter (though barely even out of kittenhood herself) and is doing a good job, but after theses babes are weaned, she and they will be free from vicious cycle of cat overpopulation.

About a week ago, we took in 21 kittens under the age of 10 days, plus 7 adoptable cats (moms, teens).

There's a whole lot of feeding and scooping and vetting to be done, for those Thomasville cats, and others we help this kitten "season."

Sheets' Feral Cat Fund, with the community's support, sterilized others from the Thomasville Colony (including one dog).

Please watch and share as the mamas get healthier, the babies mature, the teens become more social and trusting.
Pasha, young mom
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Thanks to a donation from Dara Lamberson and Loving Pet Inn Adoptions, a 60+ female dog and 4 cats (siblings) ready to procreate from the Thomasville property were sterilized today. Dara/LPIA also covered rabies for all 5. I know the people who love these critters are grateful, as am I. Thanks to Sarah Hodges for donating post-op pain meds. If my accounting is correct, that's at least 30 animals sterilized (or will be once old enough) and about 28 or so in adoption at Sheets Pet Clinic. All in under one week. The community made it possible. Teamwork made it possible. We're getting desperate calls for more help with ferals. We want to help, but as a vet and small org can only do so much. We will continue to do what we can.
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$5,625 of $9,500 goal

Raised by 100 people in 23 months
Created December 16, 2016
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KC
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Katie Coll
23 hours ago

Thank you for your commitment to animals in need!

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BEVERLY Swaim
2 days ago
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In memory of Famous who truly believed he was a lion in the wild and in honor of Lee and Blu - my two ferals who *fingers crossed* may have found real homes.

CW
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Cathy Williams
6 months ago
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Thank you for helping these precious creatures

KF
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Kathleen Fagin
7 months ago
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You guys are doing great work!

PW
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Peggy Waye
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