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Animalkind, Inc.
P. O. Box 902, Hudson, New York 12534


Animalkind’s Ralphy lives in a world of help

Cat rescued, but emergency clinic has to amputate leg

The Daily Mail - Catskill
February 12, 2009
By Jim Planck

HUDSON — The good works of Hudson-based animal rescue organization Animalkind’s efforts on behalf of abandoned, feral and stray cats is well known on both sides of the river.

A prime example of those efforts is their recent success with Ralphy, a white-booted black cat that was saved after being struck by a vehicle in the Cairo area.

“We had a particularly dramatic cat rescue after the snowstorm the other week,” said Animalkind executive director Katrin Hecker Wednesday.

“He was hit by a car and was laying all day in a snowbank,” she said. “He had a broken leg, with other injuries to it.”

Hecker said that once the animal was retrieved from the snowbank, where he was found hypothermic, essentially half-frozen, he was taken to the good folks at the Catskill Animal Hospital, on Route 9W just north of the village, where his broken leg was treated, and a cast put on it.

Everyone hoped for the best, she said, but noted that Ralphy’s condition, including his leg, was pretty rough after such long exposure in the cold.

Apparently, the circulation to the leg remained affected despite everyone’s best efforts, and when the cast was removed a few days later on Saturday, the prognosis was not good.

“The leg was not getting blood flow,” said Hecker. “It had shriveled, and had no strength at all.”

She said based on its appearance and condition, concerns immediately arose because it was becoming gangrenous.

“It was clearly an emergency,” Hecker said, “and on weekends, all the vets are closed, so we took him to the emergency clinic in Kingston.”

“They immediately did an emergency amputation,” she said, “to avoid septic shock.”

“So Ralphy is now back with us,” Hecker said, “and doing well.”

Hecker also noted, though, that one of the facts of life about such rescue missions is that while it works out well for the Ralphy’s of the world, it is not without its financial cost — all of which are supported by donations, an effort that is getting stretched.

“With the economy being down” Hecker said, “there’s more cats that need help, and less donations coming in.”

Noting that while not all rescues are as costly as Ralphy’s — which she said ran into four digits — Hecker said donations can get utilized fairly quickly.

She explained, for instance, that the same day Ralphy was rescued, so was another cat at a different location who also needed treatment, but at a lesser figure.

She said they’ve also been trapping cats in Catskill’s North Street for relocation in regard to a problem, so that, cumulatively, there just isn’t enough financial replacement coming in for donation expenditures.

Hecker said that for anyone who wished to help, donations could either be mailed in or sent over the Internet.

“We do rescues every day,” Hecker said, “and all donations go fully back to the cats.”

Animalkind is a registered not-for-profit agency under state law, and is located at 721 Warren St., Hudson, and is open Thurs.- Mon., 12-4 p.m., at (518) 822-8643.

Hecker said check donations can be marked “Ralphy Fund,” and mailed to Animalkind, P.O. Box 902, Hudson, NY 12534, or credit card donations can be made through a link at www.animalkind.info, with the home page also providing a solid overview of the organization and its diverse activities.

Update - 13 Feb 2009

We received all the money to cover the cost and I will be sending an e-mail soon to to all who donated to help Ralphy with the updated news and a Big Thank you .

Also through the Catskill Daily News article the missing owners were found after missing him for 2 weeks, this is a double happy ending!!

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Animalkind Inc.is a not-for-profit welfare, protection, rescue, rights organization dedicated to the  compassionate care and humane population control of abandoned, feral and stray cats in Hudson, New York (Columbia County) and the surrounding area.  We promote non-lethal  prevention of an unwanted litter or litters of kittens through trap, spay, neuter, release (return), (tnr, TNR).  An altered cat or kitten is released into a managed colony. Felines living in such colonies are assured kind daily care.  Adoption to  homes providing love and care for cats and kittens is encouraged.   We also provide low or no cost spaying and neutering assistance to low income pet owners and help increase public awareness and education through the media, special events, and publications to promote compassion, respect, and kindness towards all animals.

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