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- Food $175.00
- Veterinary Visit $60.00 + (depending on cat's condition when it arrives)
- Visit $60.00 + Rabies $10.00 + Vaccines $9.00
- Deworming $12.00
- Spay $300.00
- Neuter $150.00
The above prices are based on costs per year; a donation per item or part of; or per month is greatly appreciated. Should you wish to sponsor a particular cat please put their name in the special instructions.
Harley came to us after the Post Master found her in an abandoned shed behind the post office. She was a tiny little thing, only a few weeks old. She was cold, hungry and crying out for help. The Post Master wrapped her up in a towel and brought her to us to care for. Once we got her warmed up and fed she started to thrive.
Harley has a bit of a grumpy attitude and does not like to socialize with other animals, however with humans it is a different story; she craves attention and affection from us and anyone who comes to visit.
AKA "Barney". Barney became a resident of our farm when she was found in an abandoned shed with some other cats. We received a call from a lady, she was concerned about the condition of these little creatures that were having to fend for themselves. Young, under fed and ill with distemper the only way they would survive is if someone took them home to care for them. Because Barney was wild and not spayed she came to us pregnant. When Barney delivered her litter only one of the five survived. While Barney was nursing we kept her in the house to get her weight up and to prevent another pregnancy until she was spayed. Now Barney is a healthy and happy cat and she works here at our farm patrolling the barn for pests and intruders by day. Each night however she comes in with us to relax and get some attention for her hard days work. She always leaves a present at the side door of the farm just so we know she's doing her job.
Soot came from the same place as Barney. She however was very young, probably only four weeks old if that. She was the youngest of all the cats there and probably the one most likely to die, if not cared for. She too was under weight and suffering from distemper. With her healthy appetite it did not take her long for her to put on the pounds. Now full grown she is still a small cat but a true hunter; it must stem from her early start of having to fend for herself. That start gave her the skills she still uses to this date. She not only helps Barney keep the barn pest numbers down, she hunts everything from pigeons to rabbits. Size is never an issue when it comes to her prey.
Hobz for short. We believe Hobz was either dropped off by someone that knew we cared for animals or he just lucked out by stopping here.
One day as we were leaving the house to do chores we noticed this skinny little grey cat sitting under our lilac tree. He didn't seem to be a wild cat, he was frightened but not wild and it looked like he had a huge growth on his chin. We put out food to coax him closer. As he cautiously approached us we could see that he had another growth on his neck and that both of them were infected. When we caught him we immediately started treating him with antibiotics and as soon as we got an appointment we took him to see our vet. Soon it was discovered that the infected growths were caused by parasites living just under the surface of his skin. We had the parasites (that looked like little grubs) surgically removed, the growths drained of the infection then Hobz was stitched back up. The antibiotics soon did their job, he was almost as good as new.
As with most of the animals that come to our farm we wanted to have Hobz neutered. Our Vet recommended that we double his body weight. In no time at all (with a little extra care from us) he reached his recommended weight. Once he was healthy enough to handle the surgery we had him neutered. Now he is enjoying the life of a spoiled and pampered cat.
Maddy arrived here in September of 2008. We received a call from a lady who was concerned about a little cat that had been hanging around her front door looking for food. She told us that the cat was thin and ratty looking. We made arrangements to have the cat brought to our home.
When she arrived the poor little thing had the softest white and orange coat but the fur was completely matted and in some parts the matting was twisted so tight it had created bald spots. Because of her long coat it was hard to tell how skinny she was - but the moment I picked her up all I could feel was bones and she felt lighter than a pound of butter. We dewormed her immediately and started her on a healthy diet, then began the task of removing her matted fur. The fur was wound so tight and the knots were right down against her skin. Because she was also so dehydrated we had to use extra caution, each time we pulled the fur back to carefully cut it off, her skin stayed extended it did not return to a normal state. We couldn't use clippers to remove the hair, we had to use a tiny pair of nail scissors. It took us the better part of a week to get all the matted fur cut off; basically that was all her coat with the exception of her tail and face.
When her coat had been removed it became clear how terribly underweight she was. Not a word of a lie it was as though she just had some skin pulled over her boney little body. Looking down at her from the top she was no wider than an inch and a half and when we watched her move you could see her all her bones moving. With Maddy's healthy appetite and a good diet it took no time at all for her to start putting on weight. She is finally up to her ideal weight and will soon be spayed. She was unable to be spayed earlier because our Vet did not think that she would survive the surgery due to her poor physical condition. We are not sure of Maddy's exact age but believe she is between 1 and 2 years old. Matty is available for adoption to the right home. She gets along well with other cats and people, she doesn't like excessive handling but she does like to sleep in the bed with you at night.
Fergus showed up at the back door of a country home looking for food. The family already had a house full of animals and was leery about taking in another stray. He was dirty, skinny and his eyes were infected, as well he had a parasite under the skin on his face. The parasite made a hole in Fergus' skin were it could breathe, this had caused the whole side of his face to swell up with an infection.
The family contacted us to see if we would take Fergus in and look after him. We had the parasite removed from his face and treated the infection with antibiotics as well as put him on a healthy diet. Fergus put on weight in no time and the infection both in his eyes and face cleared up. It took some time to get him use to being handled by people but now he is a friendly little fellow that loves any attention you give him. He loves to curl up in bed with you at night as well as snuggle with some of the other cats here at the farm. Fergus is up for adoption to the right home, he would do well where he has the company of other cats as well as someone to dote over him.
Bones was one of a litter of four kittens that came here to our farm to be cared for. He was very close to death when he arrived; his eyes were sealed close with an infection and he was suffering from pneumonia, he was too weak to eat. He was so thin all you could feel was bones, hence his name. We fed him with an eye dropper. When you held him in your hands he was so weak he was limp; you had to hold his head between your fingers in order to get milk into him. We were only able to get a few drops of milk replacer into him at a time so we feed him every hour in order to make sure he was getting enough food. Eventually with nourishment and the treatment of antibiotics he gained enough strength that he was able to feed from a little bottle.
In addition to his health problems, Bones was born with only half a tail. When you run your hand down his back and onto his tail you can feel that the bones are deformed, when he walks his back legs circle out with each step he takes. While Bones was fighting for his life, to comfort him I would sing him a song that I made up about him; still to this day I sing him that song to calm him and help him sleep. He is a really sweet little cat that has become a permanent member of our family here at the farm.
Cosmo: AKA "Coz" has been here with us for the past two years; he is about 4 years old and is incredibly friendly. When Coz arrived here he was a very sick little cat. His skin and gums were completely yellow and he had not been eating for some time. The vet did blood work and found that his liver was shutting down so treatment was started immediately. The vet inserted a feeding tube in his neck and his food had to be syringed into him through the tube several times a day. Remarkably Coz started putting on weight, his liver started functioning properly and within weeks he was well on the road to recovery. At first the vet was convinced that the damage to his organs could not be reversed but unbelievably he bounced back and made a full recovery with no lasting damage. Coz is an incredibly friendly cat and is up for adoption. He needs a home that would give him lots of attention; and a home without any other male cats. He is not a fighter however he is territorial and if there are other male cats around he may try to mark his territory by spraying. Coz was raised as an indoor cat but loves to be outdoors as well.
BJ's mother Barnadette came into our care pregnant, she was in poor health when she arrived and when she delivered her kittens, sadly BJ was the only one that survived. He was so tiny when he was born, also he arrived into this world with no tail. Barnadette his mother, taught him all her hunting skills and BJ became our tough barn cat. Then one day he followed the other cats into the house and decided that he would retire from barn patrol and join the country club for cats in our home. He wanders outside a few times a day just to make sure that everything is okay out in the barn and then saunters back to enjoy the life of leisure. BJ will continue to live here at our farm for years to come, whether it is in the house or the barn remains to be seen.
One morning as we walked out the door to do chores we were surprised to find six precious little faces looking up at us. Someone had decided that we would be the best ones to care for these little creatures. We took them in, fed and cared for them until they were ready find new homes. We managed to find loving homes for five of them but no one wanted little George, named because he was the most curious little guy always venturing away from the litter to explore. So George became a member of our family instead, he now has an entire farm to explore.
George has now taken over BJ's job of patroling the barn and comes in the house to make an appearance a couple times a day. He lets us know that he is okay and of course to get some treats.
Scout was a kitten when he came to us, he was found in an industrial area with no mother or litter mates in sight. When he first arrived at our home he required a lot of attention; as a result he is a very needy little guy who wants attention constantly. He has been with us for nine years now and if you do not give him the attention that he needs he can get very withdrawn as though his feelings have been hurt. At times when he feels that he is being ignored - he has run away from home for a few days. I believe this is just to get us worried enough to shower him with love and attention. He's a smart little bugger.
Benny came to us at a day old, he arrived here with his brother and sister and at first we thought that they arrived too late. We were holding them in our hands and blowing our warm breath on them when we saw a tiny little movement and knew that they were still alive. They were so tiny that all three kittens fit in the palm of our hand. We fed them with an eye dropper every couple of hours for weeks. Benny however had the most difficult fight to survive, he had become very limp and getting any food into him was a challenge every time. He lost all his fur on his belly, legs, tail and sides. When we consulted with our vet he said that there was nothing else that we could do and perhaps it was time to let him go but we decided to try one more thing. We thought that perhaps he was fighting an infection and we crushed up a small antibiotic pill and gave him a just couple of granules in his kitten milk replacer. To our amazement within 12 hour we could see he was making some improvement. It was a day by day battle for Benny's survival but against all odds he made it.
Benny will be celebrating his fourth birthday this April and is doing well. He is different from all the other cats; he is afraid of the outdoors, climbing steps and people walking. He does love his treats and also plays fetch with crumpled up pieces of paper. We spoil Benny rotten because he is our special child. Because of Benny's special needs he has a permanent home here with us at the farm.
We found Bigman while we were out visiting in Alberta, Canada. We had gone into the local animal shelter to see if we could offer any help. There he was in a cage all by himself - everytime we walked by him he would put his little arm through the cage and swat at us. He was a tiny little fur ball. only about 3-4 weeks old. He had been dropped off at the shelter with little history given. We are not sure what happened to his mother or why he had been taken away from her too early but he reached out to us and in turn we reached back. He was a little terror, he got into everything and loved to attack you.
Every morning when we would wake up there was little Bigman sitting on one of our pillows waiting for the moment our eyes opened and he would attack. Some nights we even had to sleep with our heads under the covers seeking shelter from the little terror. On our way home from Alberta we bought him a travel kennel and an airplane ticket and he has now been residing with us for almost twelve years. He still rules the roost around here and keeps all the other residents in check.
Shortman came to live with us just after the Humane Society appealed to the public on the evening news that they were overwhelmed with animals in the shelter and they were asking the public for their help in finding loving homes for some of the residents. The following morning my husband and I made our way to the shelter where we found Shortman. He was in a cage all alone, and appeared to be really frightened, shaking and shivering like a leaf. We opened the cage and reached in to pick him up and the moment he snuggled into my neck he stopped shaking, we knew at that second that he would be joining our family.
He has been with us for eleven years and spends every night snuggled in bed between Mum and Dad. Even with all the other animals that we need to care for and give our time to Shortman is patient because he knows that eventually we need to sleep and when we lay our heads down for the night he comes in to spend time with us.