Dear Friends and Animal Lovers
Seasons Greetings from Love ‘n’ Care Pet Sanctuary (LCPS).
We wish you a joyous and blessed Holiday Season and ask again for
your generous support for our multi-cat population. This time of
year we reflect on all that makes us grateful and we want to thank
you for your past help and loving donations. The cats and
kittens of LCPS need you now more than ever as it has been a rough
year for us. We know times are tough for everyone, so every
donation of any size is appreciated more than you’ll ever know.
We hope & pray that 2013 will be a good year for you and a better
year for us.
11 Year Anniversary
We have been in business for 11 years
now! We currently have 40 cats and kittens and we are at
capacity. We are suffering from the same trap as most
no-kill animal shelters. The senior, semi-socialized, and
feral cats are occupying places and preventing us from taking in
new, more adoptable cats and kittens. We have many
wonderful, adoptable cats, but the economy is preventing people
from adopting. If you know of anyone wanting a young cat,
middle aged cat, or senior cat please send them to us and/or
direct them to view our available cats on our website at
Litter Donation from Purina
This is our good news for the
year! On October 26 Purina generously donated 2 skids of
litter to us, which will last us for about 4 to 5 months! We
had to rent a 24 foot truck due to the weight of the litter (4,000
pounds) and drive to Poughkeepsie to pick it up. It was
quite an adventure. I never drove this big a truck before!
Luckily one of the fellows at the pick-up location backed the
truck up to the warehouse so the truck could be loaded.
Later, back at the shelter it took us hours and aching backs to
unload the litter, but it was well worth it and will save us a
tremendous amount of money. THANK YOU PURINA!!!!!
Community Service We told you last year about the 6 feral cats we rescued from the property where a senior citizen’s trailer burned down. Sunshine, one of the elderly orange tabbies became ill and, sadly, had to be put down, but we still have 3 of them. Ginger, another orange tabby about 5 years old, has become quite friendly and may soon be adoptable! Angel, the baby from the group, is still extremely shy and would be better off in a feral cat colony, if we could find one that would take her. Clovis is a very old tabby and we believe he is deaf and almost blind. He has become semi-friendly and we hope to be able to move him to a friend’s warm work area where he will have a safe and happy home. If you know of anyone with a comfortable, warm barn or garage who would be willing to provide a home for Angel please let us know.
We sadly lost 2 of our senior and elderly
cats this year due to old age and kidney failure. Another
cat had Bartonella and could not be cured after several attempts.
She was suffering and the vet said there was nothing else that
could be done except to have her live on pain killers the rest of
her life. We decided she was better off going to sleep so
she would be out of pain. So our population is down, but
this is certainly not the way we want to reduce it.
We just got 2 cute 11 week old kittens adopted,
but these are our first adoptions all year! This has never
happened before so it has been a devastating year for us. We
did give 4 of our older cats to a shelter in Schenectady where
they are located in a mall and get a lot of walk-in traffic and
those cats were adopted. Thank you Terri. We believe
our slow adoption rate is because of the older age of our cats,
the huge number of available “free” kittens in our area, the high
cost of fuel, the uncertainty of the economy, and the lower
disposable income of our Greene Country residents. We pray
for an improvement in 2013.
Even though we battened down the hatches, were prepared with extra cans of gasoline for our generator, and had food and water on hand for our cats the storm petered out before it got up this far north. We were certainly blessed to have it completely miss us! We will be eternally grateful for that!
We Need Your Help. If you would like to help us as a
volunteer to set up a feral cat colony, assist with transportation
to spay/neuter clinics &/or veterinarians, help to clean the
shelter, help to socialize the cats, write a newsletter, write for
grants, write articles for the media, or set up fund raising
events please call us at 518-239-5901. We are very under
staffed and can use all the help we can get.
This year we were again approved for both the
Capital Region Federal Campaign of the United Way & the Capital
Region State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA). The Twin
Counties Cultural Fund & the Greene County Council on the Arts has
again awarded us a grant for a theater arts project & performance
spearheaded by our sponsored Project Director & Artist, Margo
Mullen – thank you Colette Lemmon. We have applied to the
Regional Food Bank for cat food and have been accepted except for
a site visit. Once approved, that will save us a lot of
money for cat food.
We would like to be able to micro-chip our
cats, but we need extra funding for the equipment for that.
We would also like to start a construction fund to renovate our
barn into a state-of-the-art cat sanctuary. But in the
meanwhile we need money for the vet, food, and for our cat
sitters. If you can send us a donation of any amount, it
will be very gratefully received and will be put to good use as we
have no overhead expenses. All donations are 100% tax
deductible and we will happily give you a receipt. Our best
year for donations was 2009 with $15,302. This year so far
we have received $8,706 which is 12.5% better than last year, but
we are still hurting as our population is similar and the costs
only go up. Please make your checks payable to Love ‘n’ Care
Pet Sanctuary, Inc. and mail them to 7080 Route 81, East Durham,
NY 12423. Please see if your employer provides matching
contributions as this would help us a lot too. If you cannot
donate money we can always use cat food, towels, blankets, sheets,
and bath rugs.
I know that I am being bombarded more than once daily to donate to some worthy cause and I’m sure you are too, but our coffers are low. We want to continue providing the best possible care for our cats and service to the community. The State, County, and Town do not help us at all. Our local animal control officer deals only with dogs and does nothing to help cats. The Humane Society will only give us 2 small bags of cat food if we go in to ask. So – bottom line – we are on our own.
God bless your generosity and best wishes for a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year.
Carol Farren, President and Treasurer
Carl Hegney, Cat Sitter and Assistant Treasurer
Kim Burger, Cat Sitter and Public Relations
Love ‘n’ Care Pet Sanctuary, Inc. and all 40 cats and kittens
KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON (Compliments of NY City Animal Care & Control)
Feed them table scraps – scraps can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain.
Feed them candy and chocolate – these can be very toxic and even fatal.
Give them turkey bones, which can splinter, cause blockages, and intestinal damage.
Ignore them during the busy holiday season – may lead to behavioral problems.
Give them tinsel, ribbons, or other decorations to play with – can cause intestinal blockages which can be fatal.
Give a pet as a gift – the recipient may not want a pet or it might not be a good match.
Buy them a gift. Specially made dog/cat toys and treats or cat climbers work best.
Shower them with love and attention by playing with them and taking dogs for a long walk on a leash.
Buy a dog license, microchip, and a new collar to keep them identified in case they get lost.
Consider adopting them a playmate once the holiday season is over. Make it a family event.
Keep them inside and secure from open doors, crowds, and unfamiliar people during holiday get togethers.
Try to stick to your pet’s regular routine and schedule to lower its stress level.
Carol E. Farren, President and Treasurer
Love ‘n’ Care Pet Sanctuary, Inc.
7080 Route 81
East Durham, NY 12423-1159
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