Help us help cats

Editor:

Our organization was founded in July 2002 to help local area cats and kittens who were abandoned and left as throwaways. We received our non-profit status in September of 2004. During that same year we were able to adopt 147 cats into forever homes and spayed and neutered over 360 cats!

We are pleased to have made a positive difference in the lives of over 500 cats and kittens but are not resting as there are many more that need our help. Our mission statement, in part, is to assist low-income cats who are injured or are sick and in need of medical treatment.

Because we are strong advocates of spay/neuter, all of our cats and kittens are sterilized before they are adopted. We are convinced that is the only solution to stop the suffering of so many unwanted litters of kittens. We also test for FeLV/FIV, vaccinate and treat for parasites.

We do the majority of our adoptions out of Salem and Corvallis Petco stores. They have played a very supportive role in our success to re-home so many cats not to mention their hard work to fundraise for our cause. Because of them, we have been able to spay/neuter more cats than ever before and to that we are most grateful and appreciative. Please support them.

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks also to all our veterinarians and technicians who perform surgeries for us and keep our kitties healthy. Companion Pet Clinic in south Salem on Commercial has been very supportive whether for netuering or other medical concerns as well as helping with a community outreach fund-raiser at Christmastime.

Reid Veterinary Hospital in Albany on Queen Avenue has most generously donated much of their time and expertise to help our rescued kitties. Dr. Tim and Dr. Dick will never know how many lives have been touched by their kindness. A very special thank you to Dr. David Larsen and staff (they’re like family!) at Sweet Home Veterinary Clinic in Sweet Home on Long Street. They are always there for us whether by day or night. Their care and compassion is second to none. We could not do what we do without all of these talented and caring people.

We have volunteers whose tireless efforts have made a huge impact on this organization whether with their time, talents or donations. We are small in number but mighty in strength. Thank you to each and every one of you.

At this time we find ourselves in desperate need of more volunteers. We especially need dedicated foster moms and dads. Kitten season is upon us and we do not like turning anyone away. Please consider giving of yourselves to our rescued kitties. And, as with any non-profit group, we really need your monetary donations. Without the cash flow, our cats do not receive the help they need; be it for medical attention or spay/neuter surgery.

We need people to transport our cats for spay/neuter surgeries. We need volunteers to help with our adoption events. We need people to help us fundraise. All of these volunteers play an integral role in the operation of our organization. We are all on the same team and we need YOU! We would appreciate whatever anyone is willing give. We thank you and the cats thank you.

Remember: Every litter hurts…please spay and neuter.

Doris Garron

Vicki Lindley

Sweet Home

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