been a busy and gratifying year for 4Paws. As of December 1,
we’ve found loving homes for more than 300 cats and kittens.
In total, since 4Paws volunteers rescued the first starving
kitten, volunteers have saved more than 7,600 cats.
Currently, we have 160 cats in foster care awaiting
4Paws will add new adoption sites. In addition to
semi-monthly fairs held at the Fairfax Petco, fairs will be
held at the Sterling Petco on the first Sunday of each
month. There are currently five Petco locations where 4Paws
displays cats—Alexandria, Burke, Chantilly, Fairfax, and
Tyson's Corner. We have been invited to display adoptable
cats in the Annandale and new Manassas stores. When we have
enough volunteers to cover two shifts daily, we will move
cats into these new locations.
rescued by 4Paws come from local and rural animal shelters.
Every day we get frantic calls and emails from shelters
begging 4Paws to take cats and kittens whose time is running
out. When the shelters are full, cats already in the
shelters must be euthanized to make room for new arrivals.
summer, 4Paws received some particularly distressing calls
from shelters overrun with mother cats and kittens. The idea
of newborn kittens killed before they even had a chance at
life was unacceptable. With a swell of community support,
4Paws was able to rescue more than 150 of those kittens and
mothers. Saving all those lives had its cost. Many suffered
from medical issues including, diarrhea and upper
respiratory infections, resulting in high vet bills.
Fortunately, all survived and most are spending the holidays
in their forever homes.
we were able to rescue more cats than previous years; some
of those rescues were harrowing experiences. Pearl was
discovered, nearly dead, in a urine soaked bag, thrown in
the trash. Weak from malnutrition, flea infestation,
dehydration and upper respiratory infection, Pearl could not
stand on her own or eat without assistance. With close
supervision and a lot of TLC, Pearl began to regain her
strength and was eventually adopted into a loving home.
from a high-kill shelter in Roanoke, Frisky was pregnant and
about to be euthanized when 4Paws stepped in. Malnourished
and underweight, she gave birth to five kittens just days
after leaving the shelter. Unfortunately, none of the
kittens survived and Frisky barely made it through the
ordeal. Without emergency surgery, Frisky would have died.
Chip, a kitten rescued this summer, nearly died when a
raging mouth infection kept him from getting proper
nutrition. Each time he completed a course of antibiotics,
Chip would get sick again. Visits to specialists determined
that Chip has chronic gum disease. He needs several teeth
pulled and intricate dental work to clear away infection so
he can thrive. Several cats rescued by 4Paws required
extraordinary vet care. Wyatt and Lucille each required
surgery to remove growths from their ears. Sriracha’s leg
had healed badly from an old fracture limiting his ability
to use his limb. After his leg was rebroken and surgically
stabilized, it took several weeks to heal properly. Thomas,
recently rescued, has multiple leg fractures. Surgery is
scheduled imminently. Van Halen and SP3 each needed eye
surgery. Van Halen’s eye could not be saved, but SP3’s
ruptured cornea was repaired after multiple surgeries.
recent years, many cats previously adopted through 4Paws
were returned. A cat rescued by 4Paws is rescued for
life. This means any cat adopted from 4Paws can be returned
at any time if the owner can no longer care for him.
Many of the cats returned to 4Paws are older thus using more
of our financial resources.
month, four cats adopted as kittens were returned. Willow, a
13-year old declawed female was returned in a state of
distress. We treated her urinary tract infection and now she
is a purring machine. Chandler, an 8 year old cat, sweet and
loving, was returned because of frequent vomiting and weight
loss. Phoenix, 9 years old, could no longer be cared for by
his sick owners. Under the care of 4Paws, he was diagnosed
with diabetes and is currently being treated. And Angel, a 6
year old declawed female was displaced by a newly adopted
it becomes harder to raise the funds needed to save lives.
Vet expenses go up while donations go down. Combined Federal
Campaign (CFC), workplace giving by federal workers, is a
major source of donations for 4Paws. In 2013, CFC donations
to 4Paws dropped 15%. With yet another potential government
shutdown looming, the prospects for 2014 do not look good.
Please consider making a contribution to 4Paws. You can be
sure that every dollar donated will be put to good use. Last
year, 95% of every dollar donated went directly to
benefit the cats. We cannot save these precious lives
without your financial assistance. Thank you and have a safe
and warm holiday season.