It’s been about three weeks since we took in over 90 cats from San Marcos exposed to panleukopenia. After the viral disease outbreak at the San Marcos facility exposed the cats and kittens to the potentially fatal but treatable disease, efforts were swiftly put into place to save as many lives as humanly possible. For a moment there, it seemed as if life was moving in a fast-forward motion, but for the time being, things have begun to quiet down.
While at APA! we have established lifesaving protocols for these situations, we can only find success, and save lives, because of you, our incredibly compassionate community. You raised nearly $18,000 to help us care for these precious lives, as well as exhausted our Amazon wishlist. In those days after June 12, we received stacks upon stacks of boxes of much needed supplies.
Once equipped with everything we needed and more, we monitored the exposed cats and gave them the best care possible. Over time, many kitties have been cleared and have moved into our cattery or into a loving foster home.
Let’s fast forward to today: How are the cats doing now? The answer: They’re doing great! Out of all the cats we took in, only six tested positive for panleukopenia. Three of those sweet angels have crossed the rainbow bridge and the other three are doing just fine.
We had a surprise on our hands during the first few days when one of our cats, Catalie Portman (named after her stunning looks), went into labor! We’re happy to report that mama and her kittens are doing wonderfully. Because of the wide breadth of our foster community, we have fosters with all sorts of experienced skill sets, such as caring for cats exposed to panleukopenia. So needless to say, Catalie Portman and her little ones have received nothing but the best care possible.
Four kitties have already been fixed and adopted, and 15 have been pre-adopted! Nineteen cats are still in the panleukopenia ward, but we’re in the process of moving them out as they begin to clear as well. The rest are either in foster or in one of our catteries.
Moments like these are a stark reminder that the success of this massive movement to change the world of sheltering is only possible when we band together: shelter and community. If we didn’t step up when we did, there’s a great chance that many of these cats would’ve been euthanized. Instead, they were given a shot at living a healthy, happy life in the arms of a forever family. While we took time to grieve those we lost in this process, those who have survived will get to live out the full, bright lives they’re meant to have.
If you’re wondering how you can continue to support not only our San Marcos kitties, but all the incredible cats in our care, then you’re in luck … there are many ways!
Foster: Fostering is the backbone of what we do. Save not only one life, but two, and learn how to become a foster here!
Volunteer: We absolutely could not save the thousands of lives that we do each and every year without those who graciously give their time to us. Learn how to make an impact by donating your time as a volunteer here!