HOMELESS CATS NEED VET CARE, FOOD, AND HOME CARE!
$4,275 raised
78% of $5.5k goal
68 contributors
174 Days running
Hi we are homeless Feral cats that live in Northern NV. & our caretakers desperately need your help!
The large colony of cat's are in danger everyday from animal predators & cruel people. We want to build a large enclosed sanctuary home for them!

HELLO WE ARE CURTIS & TINA COOK!  WE HAVE BEEN CARING FOR A VERY LARGE FERAL CAT COLONY FOR 14 YEARS NOW.  WHEN WE FIRST FOUND THIS COLONY THERE WERE ABOUT 200 CATS, YES SOMEONE ALLOWED THEM TO JUST BREED AND BREED.  SADLY, LIVING OUTDOORS IS NOT A SAFE PLACE FOR A CAT.  A FERAL CAT IS NOT A "WILD" CAT, FERAL SIMPLY MEANS A CAT THAT HASN'T HAD ANY HUMAN CONTACT.  WE HAVE FIXED OVER 350 CATS TO DATE.  WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE WE ARE PART OF THE HUMANE SOCIETY'S TNR PROGRAM FOR FERAL CATS WHICH MEANS (TRAP/NEUTER/RELEASE) THEY KEEP TRACK, UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO SOMEONES NEGLEGENCE AND IGNORANCE THESE POOR INNOCENT SOULS SUFFER MORE THAN YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE. 

WE BELIEVE PEOPLE ALSO DUMP CATS AROUND OUR AREA BECAUSE WE WILL OCCASSIONAL SEE A WHOLE NEW GROUP OF CATS AND HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THEY CAME FROM.  YOU CAN TELL A FERAL CAT BECAUSE THEY TIP THEIR EAR ONCE THEY ARE FIXED SO WHEN WE ARE TRAPPING THEM IF WE HAPPEN TO GET ONE WITH A TIPPED EAR WE KNOW THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN CARE OF.

MANY, MANY YEARS AGO WHEN MY HUSBAND AND I AND OUR YOUNG CHILDREN WOULD FND MANY LITTERS OF KITTENS WE WOULD BRING THEM HOME TAKE CARE OF THEM, NURSE THEM AND DO OUR BEST TO ADOPT OUT TO LOVING HOMES.  WHEN THEY WEREN'T ADOPTED OR WERE SICK WE CONVERTED OUR SUN ROOM ON OUR BACK PORCH INTO A SANCTUARY FOR THE CATS.  BEFORE LONG WE ALSO BUILT AN OUTSIDE SHELTER THAT ADJOINED THE INDOOR SHELTER SO THEY HAD THE OPTION TO GO OUTSIDE IN THE SUNSHINE, ROLL IN THE DIRT, GET SOME FRESH AIR WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO LEAVE THEIR SANCTUARY.  THIS MEANT THEY WOULD BE SAFE.  I COULDN'T PICK UP OR PET ALL OF THEM, SOME WERE PRETTY FERAL BUT THEY STILL DESERVED TO BE SAFE.  WE HAD LIMITED ROOM TO FIT THEM COMFORTABLY SO 40 WAS THE MAX WHICH WE REACHED WHEN YOU HAVE A COUPLE HUNDRED CATS.  I DIDNT WANT TO LEAVE THEM  OUTSIDE BUT WE HAD NO ROOM AND NO CHOICE..........UNTIL NOW!

WE ARE NOT A RESCUE OR A NON-PROFIT OR A 501C-3 WE ARE A HUSBAND AND WIFE WHO HAVE A LOVE FOR ANIMALS AND ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING THESE HOMELESS CATS.  WE DO LIVE IN COYOTE COUNTRY, AND WE HAVE HAWKS, AND OWLS TOO, AND NOW RACOONS.  DOGS RUN LOOSE, PEOPLE HAVE HARMED THEM, IT IS A REALLY ROUGH LIFE FOR THEM.  WE HAVE TAKE OUT CARE CREDIT CARDS WHICH IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR ARE USED FOR VET CARE AND THEY CHARGE AN ASTRONOMICAL % ON CARE LIKE ALMOST 30% YIKES BELIEVE ME I KNOW, BUT WHEN THERE AREN'T ANY COMMUNITY PROGRAMS TO HELP THEM YOU EITHER TURN THE OTHER WAY AND LET THEM SUFFER OR YOU DO WHAT IS RIGHT, YOU GET INVOLVED AND YOU GIVE.  WE DONT HAVE THE MONEY TO DO WHAT WE DO BUT I HAVE PUT MY FAITH INTO THE UNIVERSE THAT SOMEHOW PEOPLE WILL GET INVOLVED AND BE INSPIRED BY WHAT WE DO AND HELP BY DONATING

BELIEVE ME I CAN GO ON AN ON AND EXPLAIN MORE ABOUT WHAT WE DO AND THE CAT STORIES ARE ENDLESS BUT HERE'S THE THING.  RECENTLY ONE OF THE LONG TIME FERALS SHOWED UP IN OUR YARD AND WE COLD SEE BLOOD ALL OVER HER NECK BUT SHE WOULDN'T LET US GET CLOSE ENOUGH TO HELP.  SHE WAS TO SMART TO GET TRAPPED AGAIN.  ALL WE COULD DO IS WATCH HELPLESSLY EACH TIME SHE WOULD EVADE US, UNTIL SHE BECAME TO WEAK.  I SAW HER ON OUR FRONT PORCH BLEEDING AND I QUICKLY JUMPED INTO ACTION BEING CAREFUL NOT TO STARTLE HER.  I SLOWLY OPENED THE DOOR ENOUGH TO GET MY NET OUT AND I NETTED HER WITHOUT TOO MUCH OF A FIGHT, NOW I WAS ABLE TO PUT HER IN A CARRIER AND LOOK AT THE WOUND......HER ENTIRE THROAT AREA HAD BEEN PUNCTURED AND TORN OPEN, A HUGE CHUNK OF SKIN JUST FLOPPED DOWN.  I TRANSPORTED HER RIGHT TO THE VET AND THEIR EVALUATION WAS THAT A COYOTE DID IT.  I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE MANAGED TO GET AWAY BUT SHE DID.  SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO BE SAVED SO WE HUMANELY EUTHANIZE HER, BUT AT LEAST SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO DIE ALONE SUFFERING, I WAS THERE.  WE ALSO BELIEVE EVERY ANIMAL DESERVES A NAME!

MY HUSBAND AND I DECIDED ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.  WE NEED TO GET THEM OFF THE STREET INTO ONE LOCATION SO WE CAN CARE FOR THEM IN A MORE PROPER MANNER.  THIS IS WHERE ALL OF YOU COME IN......... WE HAVE AN OLD INSULATED SHED THAT HAS ELECTRICITY SO WE CAN COOL AND HEAT AS NEEDED. WE ARE GOING TO TURN THAT INTO A CAT HOME FOR THEM TO SLEEPAND EAT.  WHAT WE NEED MONEY FOR IS BUILDING 3 GIANT ENCLOSURES WITH A ROOF SO THEY CAN GO INSIDE AND OUTSIDE BUT NEVER AGAIN WILL THEY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANY PREDATORS  OR GETTING SICK AND SUFFERING ALONE!  THIS GIANT ENCLOSURE WILL HOUSE 40-50 CATS POSSIBLY MORE, WE NEED TO GET THEM OFF THE STREET THEY DESERVE A BETTER LIFE.  WITH THAT MANY CATS YOU NEED A BIG AREA SO THEY HAVE SPACE FROM ONE ANOTHER.

I HAVE RESCUED ALL MY LIFE, WHEN I WAS JUST 10 YEARS OLD I BROUGHT HOME A DOG THAT HAD BEEN SHOT, BEEN HELPING ANIMALS EVER SINCE.  IT IS WHO I AM, IT IS MY PASSION, I AM DEDICATED AND DEVOTED TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR THESE INNOCENT SOULS THAT SUFFER.  WE HAVE CARED FOR THEM FOR 14 YEARS AND NOW WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE THEM ALL A GOOD REST OF THEIR LIVES. NO MORE SLEEPING WITH ONE EYE OPEN, NO MORE HARD GROUND TO SLEEP ON.  MOST OF THEM HAVE NEVER SLEPT ON A BED OR PLAYED WITH A TOY. THIS MEANS SO MUCH TO US ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN TODAYS WORLD.  WE CAN AND WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

WE KNOW WITH ALL OF YOUR HELP WE CAN MAKE THIS A REALITY FOR THESE MUCH DESERVING CATS! PLEASE DONATE ANY AMOUNT YOU CAN TODAY.  WE NEED TO GET THIS HABITAT BUILT BEFORE WINTER SO WE CAN WORK ON TRAPPING AND RELOCATING THEM INTO THE SANCTUARY SO NO MORE LIVES ARE LOST, WE  HAVE TO RAISE THIS MONEY FOR THEM NOW! THANK YOU FOR READING A LITTLE PIECE OF OUR STORY AND WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO GET THIS MONEY RAISED TO SAVE ALL THESE CATS!

BLESS YOU ALL AND THANK YOU IN ADVANCE! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE OUR STORY, CHALLENGE A FRIEND OR BUSINESS TO MATCH YOUR DONATION.  I KNOW WE CAN DO THIS, THERE ARE SO MANY ANIMAL LOVERS OUT THERE AND DON'T THINK FOR ONE MINUTE THAT YOUR $5.00 CAN'T HELP BECAUSE EVERY PENNY GETS US TO OUR ULTIMATE GOAL!! SAVING THE CATS!

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