Cat Rescue Receives Lifesaving Grant from Petco • Long Beach Post News


Every year, from mid-autumn to early winter, unmodified cats breed prolifically and literally litter every possible nesting area with millions of newborn felines. These kitten seasons have shelters and sanctuaries wherever they become dizzy and burnt out from chasing their tails as they try to pick up cats, spay or neuter those they catch, and adopt kittens and docile adults and lead the rest back to their old haunts. , to stop proliferating. That’s nearly impossible, with the sheer numbers, recent shelter restrictions, and lack of resources, as detailed in a recent Signal-Tribune article.

Saving cat lives is a ball of Gordian yarn that involves neutering/neutering, TNR (trap/neuter/return), medical care, adoption, and educating people about why it all happens and how they can help. It’s exhausting, but once in a while, animal rescuers get a little help from their friends. On June 30, the Helen Sanders CatPAWS cat rescue received a $1,500 grant from the national nonprofit Petco Love at Long Beach Marina Petco, 6500 Pacific Coast Highway, on June 30, 2022. The grant was awarded to support animal rescue work in the Seal Beach and Long Beach areas.

“CatPAWS has been a great adoption partner doing amazing work in their community taking in and adopting more pets than in previous years,” said Chelsea Staley, Petco Love’s Director of Rescue. “We are proud to celebrate their impact by empowering them to continue their lifesaving efforts through this grant. From left, Petco employee Robin, CatPAWS co-founders Helen Sanders Annelle Baum and Petco employee Deborah Felin Amanda. Photo by Kate Karp.

Since its founding in 1999, Petco Love, the charitable arm of the Petco chain, has invested $330 million in adoption and other rescue efforts, partnering with more than 4,000 organizations to help find loving homes. for pets. The grant to CatPAWS, said Pet Love President Susanne Kogut, is part of more than $15 million awarded to rescues and organizations “as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pets are unnecessarily euthanized”.

“Happy, healthy, fluffy cats — these are the ones shelters can place,” said CatPAWS co-founder Deborah Felin-Magaldi. “Those who need help are the ones who cost money, quite frankly. This grant will help us help them.

Whenever an animal is removed from a shelter and adopted, euthanasia is no longer an option, especially if the animal has a condition that could make it “unadoptable.” CatPAWS attracts a good number of cats that would otherwise have been euthanized in shelters due to treatable medical conditions such as injury, neglect, mange and ringworm, broken bones, and other issues that cannot be effectively managed with limited resources and staff. that public shelters often have.

“The number is overwhelming and is attributable to a number of factors at different shelters — COVID-related, staffing shortages, closure to the public,” Felin-Magaldi said. “And then there’s the lack of affordable and accessible sterilization – people couldn’t come in to get these cats treated even if they wanted to. And the prices are prohibitive.

CatPAWS also has a sterilization fund for people who cannot afford veterinary prices. This year so far, they have already provided 223 sterilization vouchers; 504 were bought back last year.

“The people who have the least care the most,” Felin-Magaldi said. “These are the people who ask us for good S/Ns.”

CatPAWS founders and volunteers expressed their appreciation for the longstanding partnership with PETCO love and for the Marina Shores store in particular.

“The staff have been supportive and wonderful,” said Annelle Baum, co-founder of CatPAWS. Go get some kibble while you still can!

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Practically pets

Go to the Helen Sanders CatPAWS adoption page to view adoptable cats and to complete an adoption application. There is also a page for volunteers and one for donations for rescue costs.

The cats you will encounter here are the “after” photos of cats with one problem or another. You would never know, especially if you didn’t watch Pebbles closely!

Two elegant black cats lying cheek to cheek with heads held high

Come on, can you resist this? Koopa and Princess Peach are another brother and sister duo looking for a family that would love to have two cuddly insects as forever companions.

Dear Doogie and poor Pickles. They were both adopted and in a home for a few months. Then, the children’s nanny suddenly became allergic, so CatPAWS took them over. It’s such a shame, because they loved children and it was yum.

cat with orange mask, back spot and tail, with white paws, rump and chest lies on a hardwood floor looking at the camera

Doogie is a wonderful little guy, very friendly, loves to rub his belly, purrs on contact. He deserves a big house!

shiny black cat with big green eyes stands on a light wooden floor, looking at the camera

Pickles is also a wonderful little guy with his cute twisted tail. He is friendly and playful, and he loves children!

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Pebbles needs little introduction as it has already been featured here. But this is his first “action plan”! She is an example of CatPAWS’ mission to give every cat a good life. The rescue removed the tortie girl from a county shelter’s euthanasia list — she was born with a mild case of cerebellar hypoplasia, otherwise known as wobbly cat syndrome. Pebbles’ neurological development was impaired during her in utero development and she has balance issues. The disease is not life-threatening and will not worsen – it is simply a congenital disease to which she has adapted beautifully. She uses her litter box very well and has an amazing time with that elusive red laser dot, as you’ll see in the video her foster family put up!

Perhaps because Pebbles instinctively knows she can’t easily run away or defend herself due to her condition, she can be a bit hesitant and cautious in new surroundings. Once she knows she is safe, however, she is dear and loving. She would do best in a calm, mature home as a single cat. Adoption fees will be sponsored for an approved adopter!

To the rescue!

Long Beach Animal Care Services provides pet scanning services

If you find a cat or dog during fireworks season, businesses and city departments on the graph have offered to scan them for microchips. Finders should not expect to leave pets in these locations – they are for microchipping only. Pets can also be scanned at Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 E. Spring St., during business hours. People with sick or injured pets should call Animal Control for emergency treatment at 562-570-7387.

Friends of Long Beach Animals Free Microchipping Clinic: through July 3, Bixby Animal Clinic, 3938 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, 562-426-4066, appointments preferred but not required

The 4th of July, or rather the wild fireworks season that should start (or continue) any day now, is the worst holiday for animals. Every year around this time, dogs and cats fill shelters in disturbing numbers after being startled by a crack or boom and running away. The best way to put the odds on your side for your pet to return home is to provide it with a microchip. Friends of Animals of Long Beach (FOLBA) is once again living up to their name by providing a free microchip to your dog or cat. Please take advantage of this opportunity if your pet is not currently microchipped – it can mean the difference in being reunited with your pet. Pass this information on to everyone you know so that FOLBA can microchip as many animals as possible in and around Long Beach.

Big fun fur balls

District 1 Independence Day Dog Parade: Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m. to noon, Lincoln Park, 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, Free microchips provided to attendees’ pets.

Celebrate Independence Day in downtown Long Beach to honor pets and veterinarians for their service. District 1 will honor five individuals – veterans, police and firefighters – and their dogs for their dedicated service to the community. No dogs other than those previously registered can participate, but if yours is doing well, dress them for the fourth and get them a free microchip provided by Friends of Long Beach Animals.

25th Annual National Wienerschnitzel Wiener Championship: Saturday, July 16, first race 6:30 p.m., Los Alamitos Racetrack, 4961 Katella Ave., Cypress, $3 per ticket.

Aaaand, away they—wait! Rise! The finish line is the other way around! No, don’t eat that! Enjoy a fun “race” in which the little ground hounds will be themselves as they compete for prizes and championships! It’s hilarious fun for the whole family. Event t-shirts and raffle tickets will be on sale at the track, with all proceeds supporting the welfare of the resident cats and dogs at our fabulous Seal Beach Animal Care Center. Purchase your tickets at the Seal Beach Animal Care Center business office during office hours. All bets are off, literally. It’s just for fun and good!

Foster for a while or forever!

If you’ve always wanted a pet, but aren’t sure if you’re ready for a lifetime commitment (the pet), or if you’re past the time of roommates for some reason, the Foster care can be a great solution. , especially with one or more kittens appearing during kitten season. Each of the organizations listed below is in desperate need of foster families who will socialize them and help save their little lives. Who knows, maybe one of these lifetimes will change your mind about not being ready for a roommate!

These non-profit organizations also regularly offer cat, dog and rabbit adoptions. Now, adoptions are mostly by appointment. Click on the links for each rescue in case of updates or changes. These organizations operate on donations and grants, and anything you can give would be appreciated. Please suggest rescues in the Long Beach area to add to the list.

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