Red Rover: Is a foundation whose mission is to bring animals out of crisis. They offer grants for emergency veterinary care, grants to help domestic violence victims and their pets escape abusive situations together, and many other programs. https://www.redrover.org/program/redrover-relief
Paws 4 a Cure: This is an all-volunteer nonprofit that offers financial assistance to qualified families around the US that can’t afford veterinary care for their pets. http://www.paws4acure.org/askforhelp.php
Saint Seton’s Orphaned Animals: Provides financial assistance to low income families in need of veterinary care for a sick or injured pet. They also have funding for spay/neuter.
Big Hearts Fund: Nonprofit that raises funds and awareness for pets diagnosed with heart disease. They have a current freeze on applications but will begin taking them again soon. http://www.bigheartsfund.org/application/
Frankie’s Friends: non-profit foundation that provides grants for pets with cancer and other life threatening illnesses specifically for families that cannot afford the full cost of treatment. They can also assist you in getting discounts through specific veterinary practices. http://www.frankiesfriends.org/apply-for-assistance
Handicapped Pets Foundation: They are a nonprofit dedicated to the health and well-being of elderly, disabled, and injured pets. They specifically donate wheelchairs to both cats and dogs in need, and will also help raise money for further veterinary care through their organizations community. http://hpets.org/apply-for-help
Rule #1: Call the vet! They are the most equipped and knowledgeable people that can help you with any sick or injured animals, and should always be your first choice to contact.
Emergency Trauma, Strays only: The Shenandoah Valley Regional Veterinary Emergency Services hospital (after hours only) has a small fund for strays found injured. They may euthanize or keep the animal.
They are located in Verona at the Rite Aid Shopping Center 540-248-1980
Cat’s Cradle offers financial aid to pet owners who are struggling to afford veterinary care and other necessities. Please contact us if you need help. If you need assistance with special veterinary needs or financial assistance with veterinary expenses beyond what Cat’s Cradle can provide, please see the Veterinary Assistance Resources organizations on our Resources page.
Dogs: The Mosby Foundation P.O. Box 218 Deerfield, VA 24432 firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred, quickest method) 540-949-4035 The Mosby Foundation email@example.com LOWER-PRICED VETERINARIANS Rockingham County Valley Vets 498 University Blvd # A Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540.433.8387 Copper Ridge Animal Hospital 840 Dinkel Ave Mt Crawford, VA 22841 540.828.2724 Augusta County Raphine Animal Clinic 81 Vet Dr Raphine, VA 24472 540.377.9270 Westwood Animal Hospital 15 Miss Phillips Rd Staunton, VA 24401 540.337.6200
ALLERGIC TO YOUR CAT?
Decontaminating your house is a costly hassle, and may not be effective. But there are easier ways to decrease allergy and asthma reactions to cats. Give this a six week trial if you can, before deciding to get rid of your cat. You wouldn’t want to find out that you have lost a good friend and are still having allergies from pollen, dust, molds etc.
Make the bedroom the cat-free room – you’ll need to give up sleeping with your cat, at least until your symptoms are gone.
Start wiping your cat down once a week with Simple Solution Allergy Relief Cats or Allerpet/C – available at PetSmart. These products have an enzyme that inactivates the cat dander.
Once you’ve started the weekly wipe-down, it will take about six weeks for the dander already around the house to lose its “ouch”. If you want to speed up the process, ask a good friend to use a HEPA filter vacuum on the whole house, including furniture and drapes.
If you are the vacuumer in your house, even with a HEPA filter you might want to consider an allergy mask while vacuuming.
Wash the cat’s bedding in HOT water regularly. Use bleach if you can.
Use dust-less unscented litter.
You can wipe the cat down mid-week with plain warm wash-cloth.
Wash your hands after petting the kitty before you touch your face, which is the most sensitive.
It takes a while for the dander to settle down – use your human allergy medicine regularly for the first few weeks, then see if you can cut down. (If you have asthma, make sure you do this under careful medical supervision!)
If your doctor recommends getting rid of your cat, make sure he/she is willing to have a discussion about alternatives. If he/she doesn’t seem to like cats and care about your relationship with your cat, consider a second opinion.