When I began Thundering Paws, I became aware that the second largest block to making the United States a no-kill nation is that there is nowhere for the animals to just BE! The largest problem is the lack of accessible spay/neuter/vaccinate services, of course. Believe me, we’re working on that obstacle, but the second largest is the most emotional.
When someone finds an animal in need of help, their first thought is most often, “What do I do with him? The landlord wants $300 just to feed him!” This happened this week to a couple in Johnson City. A filthy, hungry, adult white cat covered with fleas showed up at the front door of their apartment. He needed food immediately, then a bath, then flea treatment.
Caitlyn provided all that but her landlord told her and her husband that they would have to pay a pet deposit even if the cat was outside. They recognized the desperation in the kitty’s eyes and appealed to Thundering Paws for help.
If we had a spare place for him to BE, which we don’t, we would take him in and get to work! After he had eaten his fill, we’d scan him for a microchip to find his home if he is lost. If he has no chip—a good bet—he’d be on track for our adoption program. Here’s how we’d get him ready for his new home.
Deal with the fleas first. Bathe him. Give him Capstar to kill the fleas on him and those hatching in the next 24 hours. When he’s dry, give him Advantage, a topical flea treatment.
Our vet tech would examine him, weigh him, start a chart on him.
Is he neutered? If not, set that up at a low cost clinic ASAP. At his neuter appointment, he would receive a rabies vaccination.
Test him for feline leukemia if our vet tech feels safe drawing blood. If not, that happens at his neuter appointment also.
Give him a first FVRCP vaccination against herpes, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia, or distemper. He’d get a follow-up vaccine in three weeks.
Microchip him. If he gets lost again, the chip company will alert us. After he is adopted, we’d transfer the chip to the new family. With the company we use, the first call is to that family and, if no response, the next call is to us, so he gets back to safety.
We’re pretty sure he has dental disease, and perhaps other issues for which he needs to be seen by a veterinarian, so we’d make an appointment.
List him for adoption and, since he is an older kitty, we wouldn’t ask for a donation.
By this time, the sweet fellow would know someone cares about his welfare. Hopefully, we would have gotten a purr in response to our ministrations.
But since we have nowhere to keep him while we do all this, and Caitlyn and her husband want him, why don’t they take him? The only reason is that they lack a $300 pet deposit!
Can anyone donate toward his vetting—here and at a veterinarian’s office—to get him ready for his new home, and toward his pet deposit? We estimate that, including the pet deposit, Ruckus could need around $1200. You can send it via Venmo, Facebook, through our website, or PayPal, or put a check in the mail to P.O.Box 1555, Dripping Springs, TX 78620.