We have cats and kittens available for adoption. Come see us at Pet Supply Plus on Saturday, August 5th from 11 to 2. We will not have any cats at the store, but you may be able to visit the kitties at their foster home. Pet Supply Plus is at 219 N Main St in Natick.
Meet Panda, a new Guardian Angels foster. Panda was flown up to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico so he could have a fresh start in life, and to get necessary eye surgery. He suffers from a condition called entropion, which means that hairs were rubbing against both of his eyeballs. The pain must have been terrible. In addition to significant eye disease, Panda has a very severe ear infection that might eventually require surgery. And to top everything off, he has dental problems. Panda had eye surgery a couple of weeks ago and had his ear treated, and he is recovering nicely. The cost of Panda’s treatment has been thousands of dollars so far. The end of last week, he had to be rushed to Angell Memorial for a 2 day stay to determine why he was throwing up blood. Thankfully, he recovered from that episode. There are more medical expenses in his future for his ears and dental! We are hoping people can help out with Panda’s care by making a donation to Guardian Angels in his name. He really appreciates your generosity to help him get healthy.
To donate, use the link to our Donate Page. Under Add Special Instructions to the Seller, note the donation is for Panda.
Susan Carson, one of our founders, and Paula, a foster mother for GACR, participated in a podcast from it is RUFF out there, talking about cat rescue. It is a very informative and entertaining talk about what we do at Guardian Angels.
Today in News of the Obvious: “FIV-positive cats can live with other uninfected cats and not transmit the virus. A veterinary study concludes this. Finally.”
Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine conducted a long-term study in cat shelters and drew two conclusions: FIV-positive cats can live with FIV-negative cats and not infect the FIV-negative cats during normal day-to-day interaction; and mother cats infected with FIV don’t pass the virus on to their kittens.
When you ask Jean why she is a foster mom the answer is simple – she is saving the life of a cat or kitten; but she is quick to acknowledge the huge emotional benefit she enjoys when the “cats express gratitude and affection.” And, Jean says, “Loving cats is great; being loved by cats is even better.”
Jean got involved with the Guardian Angels Cat Rescue (GACR) when she adopted one of their cats. Someone mentioned the need for foster families, and she realized that it was a natural fit. She’d grown up on a ranch in California and watched her mother rescue many stray cats and dogs. Continue reading “Foster Caregiving”