Adopt An FIV Cat!

FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) is a cat disease.  It is often confused with Felv (Feline Leukemia Virus).  However, they are quite different.  FIV cannot be spread to humans or dogs.  Cats can live normal, healthy lives by doing for them what a good pet owner would do with their other feline companions.  They need high quality food, L-lysine supplements (used by humans for fever blister control) , indoor only homes and yearly vet visits.FIV is spread by deep bite wounds when cats fight, most often unfixed, outside, free roaming cats. Cats once fixed, tend not to fight and their personalities become much calmer.

There was not a test developed for FIV until the mid-1980’s.  Up to that point, many FIV cats were placed in homes with the disease, unknown to pet owners.  FIV cats get terribly short changed because most people do not even know what FIV is or how it is spread.

St. Louis Pet Rescue fosters and adopts out FIV positive cats. In most cases they are housed with non-FIV cats and co-exist wonderfully.  There is a lot of information regarding FIV and veterinarians that feel FIV and non-FIC cats can live together. See below for resources:

http://www.fivcats.com/FIV/fiv_mixed_households.html

http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/why-this-vet-thinks-fiv-positive-cats-make-great-adoptees

http://metrowesthumanesociety.org/fiv.html

http://www.care2.com/causes/as-it-turns-out-fiv-positive-and-negative-cats-can-happily-live-together.html

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Barrett

 

Hi all…. its me, Barrett! Since there are lots of cool cat lovers on Facebook, I asked my foster mama to start me my very own FB page. 🙂 She says I am such a lover that someone is missing out on a great buddy — me!! I love petting and ear rubs, comfy laps, and other cats, too! My foster mom calls me her perfect kitty boy.  ❤ Only thing I’m missing is a forever home to call my very own. If you would like to meet me contact my foster mom Barb at 314-494-7826

 

               

 

 

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JoJo & Co.

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“Free Pregnant Cat”

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Jojo was rescued from a Craig’s List ad stating “Free Pregnant Cat”.  The owner, Bob claimed he was moving and could no longer keep his cat, Jojo of 3 years.  Bob’s girlfriend found Jojo on the streets when she was just 4 months old.  They decided to keep her but never got her spayed.  Now three years and 2 litters later, Bob decided to give her up.

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A foster from St. Louis Pet Rescue stepped up to foster this adorable feline.  The first week Jojo was in her foster home, she was so depressed that she would not eat.  The foster mom had to syringe feed her daily to make sure Jojo and the babies got enough nutrients.  Jojo was in her foster home for three weeks before giving birth in a bathtub on February 20, 2016.  She was in labor for ten hours and delivered six beautiful kittens (3 orange boys and 3 tortie girls).  Unfortunately, the runt of the litter (a tortie) passed when she was 3 days old because she was unable to nurse.  The remaining five babies (Odie, Bo, Sarge, Kida and Meeka) grew up to be beautiful, healthy kittens.

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Jojo’s babies are ten weeks old now and will be up for adoption soon.  Two of the boys, Sarge and Bo are already pre-adopted.

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Jojo and three of her babies still need families to love.  Please share her story so they can find a home!

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Snickers

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From Snickers’ mom:

This little lovemuffin has completely stolen our hearts. She is enjoying her Oakville home…and sleeps in bed with my husband and I every night. Just wanted to give you an update on “Snickers.”

Before coming to St. Louis Pet Rescue, Snickers was a friendly outside cat that a family cared for but didn’t spay.  She had at least one litter of kittens.  The family asked if we would take her and one other cat into rescue.  We did and there will be no more babies, only baby talk, for Snickers!
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Slim

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St. Louis Pet Rescue is proud to be joining more than 910 local nonprofits participating in today’s efforts to raise significant funds for local needs. You can help make this #GiveSTLDay a success for St. Louis Pet Rescue and the St. Louis community by making a gift now or until the stroke of midnight tonight.

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A story from Slim’s (now Gus) mama:

The first time I saw Slim, I knew he needed to come live at our house.  He was bone thin, his coat was dirty and greasy, but he was still purring so loud he sounded like a motorcycle.  He rubbed his little cheek against my hand, and I was a goner.   We already had two cats, which according to my husband are two cats too many!  Our wedding anniversary was coming up, and I knew if I played it right, Slim could be my present.

When I asked what his story was, I was told he was picked up by Jefferson County Animal Control as a stray. He was scheduled to be put down when St. Louis Pet Rescue stepped in.  Right away it was noticed that his breathing was shallow and fast.  Within a week he was scheduled for diaphragmatic hernia surgery to repair a tear in his diaphragm.  His stomach, intestines, spleen and liver had shifted into his chest cavity.  His breathing was altered because there was no room for his lungs to expand properly.  His surgery went well and within a week he was living with us, his forever family.

When we brought him home, he was wearing a newborn sized onesie with the snaps off to the side.  It was the only way we could keep him from messing with his stitches.  He looked like a Muppet from Sesame Street with his big orange head, tiny skinny body and striped shirt.  After much debate we all settled on calling him Gus.

Shortly after we brought him home, we noticed he was having problems eating.  We took him to the vet and found out that he has Feline Stomatitis.  In short, it is a very painful mouth disease that caused his gums to become inflamed.  The treatment for Feline Stomatitis is extraction of his teeth.  By the time we got the surgery scheduled, he had stopped eating and would not stand up even to use the litter box.  He was in so much pain.  The vet extracted 14 teeth.  The only teeth Gus has left are his four canines and his tiny, little front teeth.  Someday he may have to have the rest of his teeth extracted.  We are prepared for that possibility.  Gus ate canned cat food while he was healing, but then refused it and went back to eating the dry cat food that our other two cats eat.

Gus has been with us for 18 months now.  Since then he has gained four pounds and filled out.  He got a bath, which he hated, right after he moved in with us and now his coat is soft and shiny.  We don’t know how old he is, but he acts like a kitten.  His favorite game is pushing everything he can off of the kitchen counter and then batting it around the kitchen until it goes under the oven.  Once a week I pull the oven drawer out to see what he has shoved under.  We have found the lid to the vitamins, paper clips, hair bands, spoons, and even once the car keys.  We figure he rotates beds all night long because in the morning all of my kids insists that Gus slept with them!  But if he is awake, he is usually assisting me with whatever household chore I’m doing.  He supervises me folding laundry from the top of the dryer, sits on fabric I’m trying to sew, presses keys on the keyboard when I’m typing, and tosses the kids pencils on the floor while they are doing homework.  He is the most unhelpful helper I’ve ever had, and I adore him!

I don’t know what Gus went through before he came to live with us, but for the first few months he would run and hide whenever I got the broom out to sweep the kitchen.  Sometimes I wonder what his life was like, but other times I’m glad I don’t know.  He now knows that the broom is no threat to him and he often swats at things in my dirt pile which caused me to have to start sweeping all over again.

Gus is proof that St. Louis Pet Rescue does amazing things for animals who need help.  Without them, Gus would have been put to sleep a long time ago or would have suffered with the tear in his diaphragm and been in horrible pain with his mouth.  Not only is he a lucky guy, but we are lucky too.  We love that he is a part of our family.

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Lambchop’s Story

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Lambchop was a stray cat found in a bad neighborhood. Some lovely ladies who work with local rescues and trap-neuter-release programs witnessed some kids kicking rocks at him and being abusive.

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The ladies picked him up and gave him to a temporary foster that was able to keep him until they could find a permanent foster parent. That’s when I came across his picture on facebook pleading for a rescue to step up and take him.

I knew right away I wanted to help this defeated looking angel.

It didn’t long to notice he was limping. After having a specialist look at his x-ray it was determined that he had an old fracture that had already healed incorrectly due to lack of treatment and it was causing him great pain.

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It was decided the best treatment to stop the pain was to have the leg amputated.

Lambchop is now back home with his foster mom safe and sound recovering. Despite the horrible and cruel life he has had to endure he still has a good spirit. He is so sweet and loves affection, and is begging for pets just hours after surgery!

Lambchop has found an awesome home! Thank you for all of your generous donations and support. We couldn’t have done it without everyone behind us!

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Holly

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There are happy and sad moments in rescue every day. Of course most of the time we have mostly happy stories to tell. Unfortunately this is not one of them.

Yesterday one of our foster homes lost a senior kitty they took it as a hospice Foster. Sam and Ashley took care of Holly (Bailey) like their own, no questions asked. Her last few weeks were filled with warmth, food, company and love.

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This little lady was found on the road as a stray, matted, dirty, weighing in at barely over 3 lbs. She has been neglected for a very long time, and unfortunately living on her own did not suit her well. She had a heart condition, most most likely irritable bowel syndrome, infected teeth and an ear infection. Because of the condition she was in, getting her teeth fixed was not an option. She had a sore and tired little body and she fought hard to try to get better.  Holly was growing her hair back, was enjoying days outside in the sun ( of course supervised) and was loving her cuddle time. The last 24 hours unfortunately she became unstable. She no longer wanted to eat, no longer could stand or walk, and seemed to be in distress. Sam and Ashley made the decision that nobody ever wants to make, and let her go. This without a doubt is the hardest part of being in rescue. We all want the best for our foster babies, and this takes a toll on all of us.

We thank the foster family for their unconditional love for Holly, and that they were there for her no matter what until the end.

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Today is Give STL Day

St. Louis Pet Rescue is proud to be joining more than 910 local nonprofits participating in today’s efforts to raise significant funds for local needs. You can help make this #GiveSTLDay a success for St. Louis Pet Rescue and the St. Louis community by making a gift now or until the stroke of midnight tonight.

Give STL Day includes fun elements all day long, including chances for donors to win Cardinals tickets and for organizations to win matching funds from corporate sponsors, enabling your gift to have even more impact for St. Louis Pet Rescue. Follow St. Louis Pet Rescue on Facebook and Twitter for updates and to help spread the word about this day of giving.

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7th Annual Doggone Trivia Night Last Year 2016

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Wow! What an amazing evening we had at the 7th Annual Doggone Trivia Night. Thankfully, the questions I created were well received and loads of people said they had a wonderful time. Thank you to everyone who attended. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and really sets us off on the right foot for kitten and puppy season. We even had a couple celebrating their anniversary:

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I’d like to thank our volunteers who helped make this event possible. Sharon O. was key in making the silent auction happen. She contacted the businesses, made baskets along with her friend, and placed information sheets in picture frames. She and Adel worked the Silent Auction. Thank you to everyone who donated items for our auction and thank you to those who entered into the auction. The support makes all the difference!

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Thanks to our panel of judges, Barb, Carol, and Helen, for making an encore appearance this year and making some wonderful silent auction items. What cards they are! They’re so fun. The best part: they’re all about the fun, don’t take any lip, and give As for good penmanship (they are all educators after all). They’re already signed on for next year!

Thank you to all of the other volunteers we had to make the trivia night a real success: Allison H., Barb, Chelsea, Daryl, Debbie B., Gary, Glenda, James, Jason, Josh, Kaitlyn, Lesa, Maya, Rachel, Sam, Stacy, Stefani, Vanna, Whitney, and my other half, Chris. Finally, I thank my partner-in-crime, Adel, who is always in the thick of it with anything “rescue.” I really was bowled over by the response of the volunteers this year. We have never had so many before!

Thank you to Robb Young, from Now That’s a DJ, for helping us out each and every year with the sound system and projector. He really helps us look polished! If you’re looking for a DJ or a speaker at your event, Robb does it all. His specialty is leadership and training, but also hosts a mean trivia night (he was our 2015 emcee)!

Thank you to Chris Clark for being our emcee. Chris graciously agreed to do an encore event for us, as he was our 2014 emcee. He has a knack for the arts and entertainment, and feels completely at home on the stage. He kept the attendees happy and many people told me how much they really enjoyed him.

Thank you to those who were not volunteers, but graciously stayed to help clean up! St. Louis is an awesome community full of wonderful people. Really makes me proud to be in the Midwest!

Now that I have kept you waiting this long…

I am so excited to say we raised $8,000. This is the most we have raised at a fundraiser ever and we had fewer attendees this year. How incredible! Thanks to everyone who made this happen. Your support means so much.

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Slim’s Chance

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A story from Slim’s (now Gus) mama:

The first time I saw Slim, I knew he needed to come live at our house.  He was bone thin, his coat was dirty and greasy, but he was still purring so loud he sounded like a motorcycle.  He rubbed his little cheek against my hand, and I was a goner.   We already had two cats, which according to my husband are two cats too many!  Our wedding anniversary was coming up, and I knew if I played it right, Slim could be my present.

When I asked what his story was, I was told he was picked up by Jefferson County Animal Control as a stray. He was scheduled to be put down when St. Louis Pet Rescue stepped in.  Right away it was noticed that his breathing was shallow and fast.  Within a week he was scheduled for diaphragmatic hernia surgery to repair a tear in his diaphragm.  His stomach, intestines, spleen and liver had shifted into his chest cavity.  His breathing was altered because there was no room for his lungs to expand properly.  His surgery went well and within a week he was living with us, his forever family.

When we brought him home, he was wearing a newborn sized onesie with the snaps off to the side.  It was the only way we could keep him from messing with his stitches.  He looked like a Muppet from Sesame Street with his big orange head, tiny skinny body and striped shirt.  After much debate we all settled on calling him Gus.

Shortly after we brought him home, we noticed he was having problems eating.  We took him to the vet and found out that he has Feline Stomatitis.  In short, it is a very painful mouth disease that caused his gums to become inflamed.  The treatment for Feline Stomatitis is extraction of his teeth.  By the time we got the surgery scheduled, he had stopped eating and would not stand up even to use the litter box.  He was in so much pain.  The vet extracted 14 teeth.  The only teeth Gus has left are his four canines and his tiny, little front teeth.  Someday he may have to have the rest of his teeth extracted.  We are prepared for that possibility.  Gus ate canned cat food while he was healing, but then refused it and went back to eating the dry cat food that our other two cats eat.

Gus has been with us for 18 months now.  Since then he has gained four pounds and filled out.  He got a bath, which he hated, right after he moved in with us and now his coat is soft and shiny.  We don’t know how old he is, but he acts like a kitten.  His favorite game is pushing everything he can off of the kitchen counter and then batting it around the kitchen until it goes under the oven.  Once a week I pull the oven drawer out to see what he has shoved under.  We have found the lid to the vitamins, paper clips, hair bands, spoons, and even once the car keys.  We figure he rotates beds all night long because in the morning all of my kids insists that Gus slept with them!  But if he is awake, he is usually assisting me with whatever household chore I’m doing.  He supervises me folding laundry from the top of the dryer, sits on fabric I’m trying to sew, presses keys on the keyboard when I’m typing, and tosses the kids pencils on the floor while they are doing homework.  He is the most unhelpful helper I’ve ever had, and I adore him!

I don’t know what Gus went through before he came to live with us, but for the first few months he would run and hide whenever I got the broom out to sweep the kitchen.  Sometimes I wonder what his life was like, but other times I’m glad I don’t know.  He now knows that the broom is no threat to him and he often swats at things in my dirt pile which caused me to have to start sweeping all over again.

Gus is proof that St. Louis Pet Rescue does amazing things for animals who need help.  Without them, Gus would have been put to sleep a long time ago or would have suffered with the tear in his diaphragm and been in horrible pain with his mouth.  Not only is he a lucky guy, but we are lucky too.  We love that he is a part of our family.

 

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