Monday, July 18, 2016

It's "Special Needs" Day!!

We had a great weekend here!  Donations for our Foster Fund came in at a steady flow, so we were able to meet our $5000 match a couple of hours before it ended!  I love it when we meet a match early --- it means I don't have to blow up your Facebook and Twitter feeds with all of my pleas in the final hour! I'm sure you're happy when I don't have to do that, too.  

We ended up bringing in $10,361 for the Foster Program, and now we are just $1289 away from $50 Squillion!  We're doing awesome thanks to all of you generous souls! Thank you!!!


Today is one of my favorite days of the FUNdraiser - it's Special Needs day.  I think it might be one of your favorite days too, because in the past, we've always raised a ton for the fund on this day. 

Thousands of cats pass through our shelter each year. Most don't require much more than vaccines and basic medical care before they're ready to hit the adoption floor, but some cats need more.  These are our Special Needs cats and kittens. 

A Special Needs kitty may need surgery, a special diagnostic procedure, medication, special foods, or a visit (or visits) with a specialist. Our donations today will all be contributed to the Special Needs fund.  

With this fund, the vet staff can take those extra steps to get these special cats healthy and adoptable faster, which means less time in the shelter and less stress on the cat.  And any steps the shelter can take to make a cat healthier, lowers the likelihood of a future financial burden or worries for the adopter.  

Our dear Wylla fell into the Special Needs category. When she was still our foster kitten, because these funds were available, the vet staff was able to diagnose her Mega Esophagus, a very rare condition for a cat, and it allowed us to take her to a specialist and get the extra care, medicines, and additional testing she needed.

This is the lengthy list of medications Wylla took while she was under the care of our shelter vet and specialist, too.  Thank goodness these funds were available to cover all of this.


Here is wee Wylla, shortly  after she was first diagnosed with Mega E.


Because the muscles of her esophagus weren't doing their job she learned to eat vertically so gravity could help get food into her stomach.  Her vet suggested we give this eating technique a try, and once we did, things started really turning around for her.  And once she got a little better, a little bigger and  became "adoptable", well, you all know what happened next.

The Special Needs Fund  helped us get her condition to a manageable point, then on the road to good health.  I'm so grateful this fund exists. Without it, we wouldn't have our health girl today.  

Because our Awesome Anonymous Donor has a soft spot for these Special Needs cats, she's offering up a very generous $5000 matching donation challenge today to help build this fund up. For every dollar we donate today, she'll be doubling it until we hit the $5000 cap.  This matching donation challenge will run until 7:00 PM Pacific Time, but all that we contribute until 8:00 AM tomorrow will go towards the Special Needs Fund.

Today is very good day to donate. Not only because of this generous match, but because this fund does so many wonderful things. It gives our shelter the resources to go above and beyond. It makes these special cats THRIVE and it gives them a very bright future.  

To make a tax-deductible donation and contribute to the Special Needs Fund, please visit our Firstgiving page. 

I've got some stories of some of the Special kitties who have benefited from this fund that I'll be sharing later this morning.  It's always nice to see who you're helping, so I'm quite excited to share these with you!

So, stay tuned for those, PLUS, our quilt and hat auctions will go live today, another alumni update,  much cuteness, and a couple of surprises, too!   I've got a TON to share today, so don't go far!

FIVE days left!

Thank you so much, everyone!  Huge hugs all around!


  1. I see a tiny kitty with a huge round tummy - which she had been in need of for so long before you cracked the mystery and worked out what to do for her. I am so glad she had that chance. Please hug the not-so-little-one from me in Australia!

  2. I started following you right about when Wylla entered your lives as a foster. Watching her grow, get healthy and happy has been joyful to watch. The day you announced she was officially part of your family made me deliriously happy as it did to the whole IBKC community. Your entire family, both immediate and extended are always a bright spot to my day. Thanks again for all of it!

  3. Love the special needs kitties! I'll be making another donation when I'm off work.



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