It is the goal of the Pat Brody Shelter to find good, permanent homes for as many cats as possible, however, this is a very stressful process for the animal.
The cats and kittens at our shelter have come from a variety of circumstances; most of them unpleasant. Many were abandoned, others were turned into large, over-crowded shelters or pounds, where they were scheduled for euthanasia simply due to lack of space, some were fortunate to have escaped from abusive or neglectful situations, while others simply were unloved and unwanted.
The calls the shelter receives to take in cats are far greater than the calls received from prospective adopters. Because it is hard to turn an animal away when you know the animal will suffer or die as a result, the shelter is frequently overcrowded.
After arriving at the shelter the cats and kittens are examined, vaccinated, wormed, spayed or neutered, and blood is drawn for routine tests. This process, while ruling out common problems, cannot guarantee the health of the animals.
Although the shelter does everything possible to minimize the spreading of germs and viruses, it is an impossible task. The stress these animals are under is overwhelming, and one of the effects is that they will sometimes develop upper respiratory infections (colds). Symptoms are sneezing, runny eyes and nose, and coughing. (There is no need to become upset, a cold will not kill a cat and in most cases, if left untreated, will pass in a week or two.)
SEE YOUR VET RIGHT AWAY IF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS ARE EXHIBITED:
– Large amount of green discharge from nose
– Deep consistent cough
– Fever (Feel ears & paw pads)
– No signs of eating their food. Kitten can “crash” within 2 days and adult cats within 3-4 days if they become dehydrated from lack of food/water. This is why we recommend feeding both wet & dry food. Wet food is a good indicator of their appetite. Do not combine these foods. Canned food can be given morning & night. Dry food should be left in bowl at all times for them to eat as needed during the day.
We strongly recommend that all cats and kittens adopted from us, although they may not need any additional vaccinations at the time, be examined by your own veterinarian in order to establish a lifetime relationship between your veterinarian and your cat.
All vaccines, treatment and exams are at the adopter’s expense. They are not included in the adoption donation. Because we are operating a non-profit shelter and the costs incurred for each cat are usually much higher than the adoption fees we receive, we cannot afford to pay for the veterinary visits after the cat is adopted.