This Year's Project: Funds for Veterinarian Care
About Our Organization
Rita's Cat Rescue is a Nebraska licensed animal rescue. We are dedicated to giving cats the opportunity to live safe and healthy lives. We operate a free roaming facility providing care and a warm loving environment for homeless cats to live out their lives in comfort. Currently Rita's Cat Rescue is home to 65 cats. In addition, Rita’s Cat Rescue manages four feral cat colonies in downtown Beatrice providing food and health care. We support trap, neuter, vaccinate, return to eliminate feline overpopulation.
Current Project: Funds for Veterinarian Care
Veterinarian expenses for the cats make up a large percentage of the budget for operating the Cat Rescue.
· The normal care for 65 cats is expensive. Some of the cats have chronic illnesses that require specialized shots and medication. Sometimes special food is needed. As they age, many of the cats need dental surgery. Revolution offers protection against parasites. This treatment costs about $10 per dose and the cats get treatment multiple times a year.
· Emergency veterinarian visits are costly. Occasionally it is necessary for after hours and weekend visits. The last cat that had to go in was Gimper. He spent the weekend at the emergency clinic. The cost was over $1,000.00.
· The Kansas State College of Veterinarian Medicine has a veterinary health center. If any cat needs specialized diagnostics this is where they are taken. The last large expense was for Sherman. He had a chronic cough and it seemed like he was having some trouble breathing. The diagnostic tests alone were above $1,000.00. Total treatment cost was over $2,000.00 Sherman had to have a balloon procedure to widen his narrow nasel cavity. He has gone two years without further treatment but is beginning to cough so he may need the balloon procedure again.
· Sometimes people cannot afford veterinarian treatment for their animals. Rita’s Cat Rescue will help with those bills. The animal needing treatment does not have to be a cat. Funds are also necessary for trap, neuter, return programs for feral cats. These programs keep cat populations down.
Improve the quality of life for the cats at the rescue building.
The quality of life for the cats at the rescue building will be improved by:
· Providing a continuous fresh air exchange. Equipment will be installed allowing for a continuous exchange of air. A business has already offered the equipment at cost and a reduced fee for installation.
· Installing enclosed outdoor activity area and ensuring safe access. A system of cat runs has been donated. The cat runs need to be positioned along the back exterior of the building with access to the outdoor area from the interior.