Call to Action: Help us cover the cost of Meadow's Emergency Surgery and 30 spay/neuter surgeries and preadoption care for 2019.
Mama Meadow is just a 10 month old kitten, and a new mom to three 8 week old babies--Misty, Melody, and Mae. Just a girl, herself!
On Monday, April 29, her foster mom pet Meadow goodnight, and went up to put her kids to bed. Meadow had just gotten spayed a few days earlier, and was sleeping comfortably.
A few hours later, as foster mom sat reading, tiny shrill meows burst into the room--it was Melody and Misty crawling up the bedspread to find her. Foster mom thought this was odd, and instinctively, decided to go check on Meadow.
It was a life-saving decision!
Meadow's spay sutures had ruptured! She was going into shock, and her intestines poked through the opening in her belly. Thankfully, Foster Mom acted quickly (despite being frantic she was about to lose her girl in a freak accident!), and Meadow made it to the Chicago ER vet in time to save her life.
Unfortunately, Meadow required emergency abdominal surgery...after 9pm. The surgeons were roused from their homes to repair Meadow's ruptured incision, and make sure her intestines were not harmed (the risk for life-threatening infection or injury due to the cat chewing on their own organs is great!). This was terrifying for her, her foster mom, and all of us on the Grassroots Team.
This very expensive emergency also comes a time when we're slammed--it's kitten season, afterall--and our greatest desire is to rescue and spay/neuter several more cats and kittens in 2019.
Friends, this is where we need your help, in the best of ways: Will you help us cover the cost of Meadow's emergency surgery?
What Your Donation Covers:
-$5,543.00: Meadow's Emergency Surgery
-Sponsor a Spay/Neuter + Vaccines: $50.00
-Sponsor a FIV/FeLV Snap Test: $30.00
-Sponsor a Rabies Vaccination: $18.00
-Sponsor a Microchip: $10.00
Grassroots is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.
Why is Spay and Neuter Crucial to Our Work?
Spay/neuter is central to the No-Kill movement in Chicago. One unspayed cat can theoretically have up to 3 litters a year. With an average of 5 kittens per litter, and a life span of 10-12 years, one cat could have between 150-180 cats in her life! All cats and kittens in our program are altered to reduce the overwhelming pet population in the city of Chicago
About Grassroots Animal Rescue:
Grassroots Animal Rescue is a dedicated group of foster homes, in which our cats and kittens live, heal, and thrive until adoption. We emphasize quality in all our operations, including intake decisions, fostering, medical care, and adoptions. Our mission also includes hoping to further wellness information on cat care, especially as it comes to nutrition and declaw.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit. We rescue cats from high volume Chicagoland open access shelters, such as CACC, AWL, Cicero, Aurora, Naperville, and--more rarely--Kankakee. We view adoptions as a partnership between families, the cat, fosters, and the rescue. We hope they last a lifetime, and love to see our kittens and cats thrive with their new families.
What's great about the foster model?
All our fosters are truly invested in the process of foster from intake to medical and wellness care to adoption. Cats emerge stressed and grateful from their time being bounced around at shelters, and have time to settle while their personalities develop and clarify. When someone adopts from us, they come to see how they are within the home. We are small but mighty.
Why Do We Fundraise?
All our cats receive the best medical care at our vet partners. They are spayed and neutered prior to adoption, tested from FIV/FeLV, dewormed, vaccinnated, and treated for any illnesses. Over 80% of our expenses fund the direct care of these cats (medical, food, etc). Grassroots Animal Rescue has no paid staff, so all our money spent is related to cat care!
Learn more at www.grassrootsanimalrescue.org or follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@grassrootsanimalrescue)