URGENT HELP – DONATIONS NEEDED – PLEASE SHARE
They say rescue is tough, but this has been the toughest. Never before have we seen so much illness, pain and death in such a short space of time, and while we are all still trying to recover from the emotional toll of this experience, we have been hit with the vet bills.
Tonight we need your desperate help to pay these off so we can continue what we do best - rescuing fur babies. We need to be there for every cat and kitten that comes our way.
Parvovirus is a horrific disease. It is extremely quick and it has been devastating Melbourne for the last few months. Generally in rescue, we are pretty good at compartmentalising and getting on with it, but the last two months have been really difficult and it’s taken time to feel able to talk about our experience.
Now we are ready to talk. Our story began in early December with a phone call that panleukopenia (feline parvo) was spreading around Melbourne. We had two litters showing the same symptoms who we rushed in for testing at the vet and they all came back negative, so we breathed a sigh of relief. Two days later, while driving home from the vet, we received a phone call that one of those kittens, who had been vomiting and was already booked in again that afternoon, had become limp and non responsive.
We rushed back to the vet to meet the carer there and have the kittens re-tested for parvo. We found unresponsive kittens, covered in bodily fluids, which we later learned were their intestinal tracks dissolving. Looking into her eyes, she knew she was in trouble, and we knew the same. The vet ran the parvo test and it came back positive.
We lost the whole litter that day. This was just the beginning of two months of hell. The deterioration with Panluekopenia is so sudden, so fast that there is nothing you can do. It is so extremely contagious that by the time the first symptom appears, the whole litter has caught the virus. Over and over again, we took litters to the vet, held each and every fur baby as it was humanely euthanized to end it’s suffering.
We held them, we apologised to them, and we cried on them as they took their last breath and crossed over the rainbow bridge. Staring into their eyes as they take their last breath is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do. Throughout this time, we had been cleaning, re-cleaning, sanitising, and cleaning some more at our houses, our cars, anywhere the kittens had been in contact with.
After two months of seeing these babies fade, knowing there was nothing we could do, two months of vet visits, testing, euthanasia, two months of waiting for test results, anticipating the outcome but praying it was something else, two months of heartbreak every time the vet said the word “positive”, we shut down of our street cat project to try and eliminate this virus. We waited six weeks after the last death, which is the amount of time required for them to completely shed the virus, and we set up our first vet desexing day since our outbreak.
We finally thought that we were in the clear. We attended the desex appointment, and again were struck down with parvo. A tiny little boy who had so much joy to give, and so much love in such a small body. A little baby who just wanted to be with people and sit with you all day, was gone within a few days. Another family heartbroken to have to watch their new family member fade and pass away in what should have been their happiest time. More testing, more waiting, more tears and more anxiety.
On top of this, last night, we were hit with another emergency. Pāua, one of our owner surrenders, went into labour and the first baby was stuck in the birth canal. At 2am her foster rushed her into the vet for an emergency caesarean. Two of her babies crossed the rainbow bridge last night, and luckily four remain alive. Thankfully, mumma bear is recovering well and hopefully her milk will come in the next couple of days. It is been absolutely devastating. And we are still wading through it. We have to ensure that all our babies are safe and healthy before we can get them adopted. It has all come to a grinding halt...except for the bills.
So here we are now, sharing our pain, because we need your help. Our living babies all need vetwork. We can’t do this alone. Please help us, to help them. Help us to get them off the streets as parvo is now spreading fast and street cats, generally not vaccinated, are at such a high risk. Tonight, we are reaching out to you.
We have no choice. Our vet bills have climbed to over $15,000 and we just can’t manage that by ourselves.
Even as much as $5 from each and every one of you would get us over the line together. It’s only the cost of your next cup of coffee, but one that will help to save a life.
If you could please write DONE in the comments after you have donated, and remember to share this post far and wide, we would be forever grateful. We have such a small but passionate team here and a list of cats waiting for our help.
Our animals need you tonight.
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