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The Monterosa Cat Project

$3,560 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 72 people in 1 month
36737512_1549047982242719_r.jpeg36737512_154904782221010_r.jpeg36737512_1549047841354022_r.jpeg36737512_1549047861201013_r.jpeg36737512_1549047873990137_r.jpegWe received a call on Wednesday night about a day old kitten needing help. When we went to the residence to recover the kitten, we were horrified by the situation there. We found 20+ cats in terrible conditions. After speaking with the family that lives there, we learned that NONE of the cats or kittens there have been spayed/neutered, many are pregnant, sick and suffering. The family cares for the cats to the best of their ability, but lacks the means and information to help them, despite being around the corner from a low cost spay and neuter clinic. 

Our goal is to get ALL the cats fixed, vaccinated and vetted. From our initial visit, it was clear that there are cats there with parasites, ringworm and upper respiratory infections.  And that was just what what obvious, as we know that there are probably lots of other issues that aren’t visible to the naked eye. After we get the cats fixed and vetted, the friendly sociable ones will be put up for adoption through our rescues (BARK and All About Animals) Cats that are not socialized (feral)  or candidates for adoption would go back to the area once they are healthy enough. We would like to also provide the family with a better feeding station (the cats are currently eating off the ground) and a good amount of supplies. We’ve already taken in one of the most pregnant moms, along with the day old kitten, but want to make sure we get everyone treated. 

We are hoping to get most of the spay/neuter surgeries scheduled through the Animal Defense League of Arizona, which would be $25 per surgery. However, that does not cover any vaccinations, extended pain medication or treatments like ear flushes or flea treatment. We’ve tentatively put the goal at $850, but anticipate that the expenses  will most certainly exceed that. While we do have our respective rescues backing to help with future adoptions and supplies, we desperately need help to cover these surgeries and treatments. These cats need help ASAP and the last thing we want is any more kittens being born into these conditions. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for any assistance. We’ll be posting frequent updates and all expense invoices on here. We don’t take ANY donation for granted, and want to make sure we remain transparent about how every dollar is being spent. 

Gratefully, 
The Monterosa Rescue Team
Taryn (BARK Rescue)
Melissa (All About Animals Rescue) 
Shelbi (Bottle Baby Fosters AZ)
and many more volunteers!
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I was all set to copy and paste the happy-ish update that I posted on FB and IG a few days back. But this morning we got the results of yet another, more extensive fecal exam and it’s not great news. These cats have a myriad of things going on with their guts, and none are good. We’re going to have to get completely new medications prescribed and compounded. More vet checks done. More fecal samples sent in every few days. If left untreated, these issues can be fatal. And if left partially treated, they’ll linger around for a long, long time, possibly forever. So, we’re going to regroup, take a deep breath and tackle this next hurdle.

In some good news, Mittsy finally had her kittens and a good number of Monterosa cats are in foster homes. We’re most likely going to have to pull the ones out of adoption centers to continue treatment. This isn’t what we were hoping for, but it’s not something we can’t get through. Again, thank you all so, so much for your support and help!
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So, this week has been a very mixed bag of good and bad news. Sorry for the lack of updates the last few days. We kind of hit a wall over the weekend, so we’ve been taking the last 24-48 to reassess, reorganize and reset. This project has quickly become a monster of a task and we definitely underestimated what we were getting ourselves into, especially considering the amount of VERY sick cats we’re dealing with.

The good news: little Dewey is thriving and will be fixed this week, the ginger brothers (Brae and Glen) are with fosters and slowly coming out of their shells, Meadow and Bullseye are in adoption centers through @buckeyeanimalrescue (with more to follow!), the last extremely pregnant mom (Mittsy Valentina) was trapped and is now safe/warm AND, thankfully most of the critically ill cats are showing great improvements (thanks to @allaboutanimalsrescueaz . We also have some of the absolute best fosters taking care of some of these cats! It seems like everyone we know has a few of the Monterosa Cats in their care these days.

The bad news: despite having one of the best foster moms on the planet, Dudley is no longer making any improvements. In fact, he’s starting to backslide a bit and we’re all really worried. (WARNING: last pic is graphic!) Also, Catalina is finally feeling better after a vet visit last week and bringing 2 of her 7 kittens to her friend Monterosa. But now Monterosa is pretty sick. Another cat, Baby has calicivirus. Every time we blink, there’s another medical crisis. And we still have another group to get...

We have tried to be as conservative as possible when we set up the GoFundMe. We knew we’d need help, but we had no idea how sick and injured these cats were. Fortunately the massive amount of supplies sent over has really helped so that we can keep the GFM for medical costs only. However, the first 2 groups are ALREADY at just under $2,000 and we know Dudley will need a lot more vet care. And the third group is coming up later this week. We are reluctantly raising our goal amount, so that we can try and get everyone the best possible treatment. As always, thank you from the bottoms of our hearts....
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#MonterosaProject - Another 12 cats recovering from surgery (and a LOT of other things) tonight. I’m not going to lie, there have been some absolutely awful days lately, and yesterday was one of them. We really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into and this TNR job has morphed into a TNT (Trap, Neuter and Treat) job instead. •

We’ve returned a grand total of 2 cats so far, and really don’t have any plans to return more anytime soon. They’re honestly just too sick and our fear is that returning them would basically be sentencing them to a slow, painful death. Meanwhile, we’re all completely maxed out on space, so we’ve had to postpone the next few Spay and Neuter surgeries until we can finish getting these cats to foster homes to recover. There are still more cats there though, including another massively pregnant mom nearby. But right now, we’re barely able to handle the ones we have as they are very, very sick. All have Giardia. Most have URI’s. Some have ringworm. Many of the “inside” cats have one or more ears that have literally disappeared from severe ear mites and fighting. •

We’ve hit the proverbial wall a few times, but without so many people stepping up to help, I don’t think we would have even made it to this point. Melissa and I have so many people to thank personally when this is all wrapped up, but for the extra, EXTRA help this week, thank you to Shelbi for not even hesitating to jump fully in yesterday, handling a few of the sickest kitties. To Scott, Lauren and Sara for help transporting to/from surgeries. To Tamar for spending an evening trying to educate the family and help us get recovery space set up. To Sarah and @newbornkittenrescue for lending us kennels. To Tiffany and Blair for stepping up to foster. To @buckeyeanimalrescue and @allaboutanimalsrescueaz for all the help they’ve given us. So many more to thank for supplies and donations. Thank you.
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I’m struggling to keep my eyes open to write this, as it’s been such a long week (and its only Tuesday ). We’ve been going non stop and definitely have had a few “what the hell were we thinking?” moments. This is a large and complex project. Since we also both have full houses, we have to be very strategic about who and when we trap. All the cat we’ve trapped have had various health issues, so that adds also adds an additional level of stress. I’m also fighting a nasty cold and @melissameowmura is heading back to work. So if we seem quiet or scarce, that’s why.


With that being said, we would never even be able to begin to tackle this without the amount of help we’ve gotten. Tomorrow 12 more cats go in to be spayed/neutered and treated. A special huge thank you to @the_kitten_coop , @zarathustra_mother_of_cats , @smarcy1478 , @twofloofycats and @shiroma.sara for helping trap, transport and hold these guys. Another huge thank you to everyone who has sent over donations and supplies. I keep trying to get a picture of the supplies that have been sent over, but we’re using them as fast as they come in. (There were a few things that didn’t have names on them, so if you sent wet kitten food, meat tubes, nurical gel or dry kitten food, please reach out so we can thank you!) And ANOTHER huge thank you to all those who stepped up to help foster the kitties that are adoptable. There are no words to convey how truly grateful we are. There’s still a lot more to do, but it’s all so much easier because of your help.


Both of our pregnant moms have had their litters of kittens in a safe, warm and quiet home. Dudley, Dewey and Poppy are with amazing fosters as well, and later this week, Meadow, Baby, Brae and Glen will also be joining them. Catalina and Dudley are still struggling to regain their health after being in such an unhealthy environment, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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