Helping Arecibo Observatory Cats

$9,435 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 260 people in 2 months
Created August 15, 2018
Since hurricane Maria, we have a family of cats that have called the observatory their home. The staff have been actively taking care of them and feeding them. But we want to keep the population under control, so we want to spay them and make sure they are healthy. We are working with the San Francisco de Assis Veterinarian Hospital to take care of all the kitties. We wanted to open this to any former Arecibo Observatory employees and friends, or cat lovers, to help us take care of the kitties.

The money will go to necessary surgeries needed for the cats as well as food. Spaying/neutering costs $95, and they recommend to keep the cat indoors for 7 days after the surgery. We can't keep them in our homes, so boarding is another $15/day. They are also being vaccinated and dewormed. Some cats (especially females), might also need painkillers and antibiotics after the surgery. If the cat is healthy, and no extra treatment and lab tests are needed, the average cost per cat is $200-$250.

Once we finish taking care of our Space kitties, we plan to also start taking care of the cats nearby the Observatory (we see many on the road that leads to the Observatory!)

Thank you for your help! Because of the amazing support, we are considering to expand our reach to help more cats around the Observatory, and to look into the possibility of finding them homes on the mainland US too! If you are interested in adopting an Arecibo cat, please contact us.

For the sake of transparency, GoFundMe has asked me to add additional information:

-  How you are related to your beneficiary?

My relation to the beneficiaries (cats at the Arecibo Observatory) is that I work there as a researcher. I have been feeding and taking care of them since the Observatory started observations after hurricane Maria.

- That you will be withdrawing the funds in your name

Currently we have gone ahead and started getting the cats neutered as I saw the amazing generosity and  success of the campaign. I have been covering all the expenses up to date myself, and will be withdrawing what we have used from the fund in order to cover those expenses. I am humbled and impressed by everyone's generosity and want to make the biggest positive impact I can for the cat population in Arecibo. It wasn't something I expected, so I have reached out to Humane Society and San Francisco de Asis Veterinarian Hospital to see how we can maximize our impact in the community. I am also trying to figure out the logistics of finding new homes for some of the cats on the mainland. Thank you for the folks that have already shown interest, I'm working on finding the best ways to bring the kitties to you.

-  How exactly you will be delivering the funds to your beneficiary?

Funds are currently being used to cover expenses for neutering, vaccination, deworming and taking care of any other health issues the cats may have. For female cats, we learned that it is not uncommon for the vet to ask for an ultrasound before spaying, when it is not clear that the cat is not pregnant. Also, since I do not have a quiet and safe place for them to recover after the surgery, we are having them board at the vet hospital to make sure they recovery well. 
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Meet little Polaris! We saw him around the Observatory since he was a tiny baby. Now that he's old enough (probably 3-4 months old), we took him to the vet to get vaccinated and neutered. He's back at the Observatory, and we are looking for a home for him. He's a little shy, and needs time to get used to people. Interested? Thank you for your support cat lovers!
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Look what we found! Florence (named after the triple asteroid system observed in Arecibo) has been living at the Observatory for a while, and was our next target to visit the vet. But we started noticing she was either pregnant or had kittens. We finally have an answer... We found Florence with 5 kittens! They are all staying in a foster home until they are old enough to get their vaccines, and live without their mom. Hopefully they will all find a home. Interested? :)
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Meet Bell! We just caught her by the Observatory gate. We have seen her around for a while, near the visitor's lodging . She's already at the vet, and tomorrow they will check if she's pregnant (standard procedure for stray female cats), and then will get spayed and vaccinated. We named her Bell as a tribute to Jocelyn Bell, that discovered Pulsars 50 years ago. If you love cats and space like we do, you can read more about it here: https://breakthroughprize.org/News/45
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We took Venus for a brief vet visit! Venus was the first cat to get neutered, but because we didn't have a lot of funding at first, and the main goal was to fix as many kitties as possible, we didn't give him the vaccine at the time. Now Venus finally got his vaccine and dewormer too! :)
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Raised by 260 people in 2 months
Created August 15, 2018
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