Fancy Cats Rescue Team is a passionate leader in the animal rescue community with over 20 years experience rescuing 1,000+ cats/year.
Our mission is to end needless euthanasia at shelters in the National Capital area by rescuing and finding suitable lifetime homes for our cats, promoting spaying and neutering, and educating the public on responsible pet ownership.
Founded in August 1997 by Cathy Awad, Fancy Cats now has four PetSmart Adoption Centers and +70 volunteers.
On average, Fancy Cats helps +1,000 cats each year. Since our inception in 1997, we have found loving homes for +11,000 cats.
Sadly, this year we have been combating many illnesses from cats coming out of the shelters. As part of our mission we do not turn away cats due to illnesses or injuries. In fact, we are usually the ones to take in those kitties as no one else is willing to.
One example of such a cat is Chuck, a 3yr old unaltered male who came to us from a Maryland shelter with a wound behind his ear and shortly after developed a severe eye infection. We instantly saw what a big love bug he is as he comes right up to you and rubs against you for affection; how could we turn away from helping him??
The eye infections we are seeing coming from shelters are the viral type and very hard to treat. Antiobiotic ointments do not work and more often than not the anti-viral drops that cost so much do not work either. When poor Chuck's infection started we had him at one of our vets being treated. They advised us to have him see a veterinary eye specialist. He was seen at The Hope Center and it was then that we found out that we were treating his eye infection correctly, but the treatments were not working. The doctor wants to see him in 2 weeks, but he believes poor Chuck will likely lose his eye. He is the sweetest cat ever. He loves everyone - 2 legged and 4 legged. He just wants to be loved. It is so sad to see this type of illness as it is very painful for Chuck and so he is currently on pain meds too.
We have seen this issue devastate a whole liter of kittens. It has been a huge struggle this year that has consumed thousands of dollars in vet visits and treatments. Most recently Rue & Rye who both lost eyes and another kitten that faced losing both eyes who was also in bad shape and we had to let go. Rue and Rye both suffered from a virulent eye infection after which they developed ulcers which did not respond to treatment and ultimately burst.
This has been one of the hardest years we have seen in twenty years of rescue work, not only financially but emotionally and physically draining to our foster homes. We do not take our responsibility lightly so we will do what is necessary for the cats and their fosters.
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