When it comes to choosing the right food for our cats, we are always the champion of high quality grain free food. But with so many brands and varieties in the market, it's hard to track and name them all, let alone put them through the test of our kitties' picky taste buds. The Best Cat Food on reviews.com is a great guide and a detailed review. We hope it's helpful and we would love to hear your thoughts and comments.
Not long ago, our brave little Minerva finally found a loving forever home after months of physical therapy and medical treatment. The successful story of her rescue and adoption is not only a testament of Minerva's strong spirit, but also very inspiring to us as a Cat Rescue group, that "all cats deserve a chance". Her story is now featured in Core Paws' April newsletter, detailing from the very beginning to her most recent progress in recovery. If you are considering rescuing or adopting a Special Needs animal, please check out this article.
Bring your furry friends (and the not furry ones as well!) to our SANTA PET PHOTOS for Cat's Cradle Rescue at Beaverton PETCO on Dec 10, 11, 17 & 18 from 12-4:30pm.
This year we are once again doing the Santa Pet Photos to raise donations for Cat's Cradle Rescue. Please come to PETCO with your pet on a leash, in a carrier, or in a fish bowl.
We also need some volunteers teens and adults to help us from 11:30-4:30 on these dates. Please let us know if you can help with photo taking, pet control and passing out our wish lists to customers. Thank you!
We will also have regular Adoption Events alongside the Santa Pet Photos. If you don't have a furry friend yet and this is on your wish list for this year, stop by and meet our wonderful rescue kitties! You might just find the purrfect pal for the holiday!
This December, the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland’s Spay & Save program is pleased to offer a very special spay & neuter promotion for the cats of low income families.
For one week only, from December 5-9, low income cat owners will be able to get EVERY cat in their home altered for FREE.
There is no limit on the number of cats any one family or person can bring in. Clients must live in Clark, Clackamas, Multnomah or Washington counties.
UPDATE on 10/31/2016: Our brave little Minerva triumphed from the stem cell treatment last Thursday and is now doing well and receiving intense rehabilitation!
She is a very lean cat and the good doctors at Viking Veterinary Care were initially concerned if they were able to harvest enough adipose (fat) tissue for the treatment. However, not only did they get enough to use during the treatment, they were also able to send a portion of the harvested stem cells for banking! The yield of stem cells is incredible: 319 million cells! This is definitely within the range for expected yield. On top of that, the viability (which measures how well the cells survived transport to the lab) is 99.6%!
During the treatment on Thursday, Dr.Brock administered a portion of the stem cells by epidural, a portion of the stem cells directly next to the affected area of her spine (paravertebral injections)and the remainder intravenously. Starting from today, Minerva will go through series of intense rehabilitation to help her harness the potentially regained mobility.
Minerva McGonagall's story started when she was about four weeks old, weighing less than a pound, abandoned and badly hurt. Two nice young men found her and brought her into Willamette Veterinary Hospital (Corvallis, OR). The vets quickly found that she suffered from injuries caused by human cruelty that prevented her from using her back legs. Little Minerva then spent months in the hospital. Through tireless efforts and loving care, she gradually regained partial movement in her back legs and some control of her bladder.
Despite the physical challenge Minerva is a healthy, happy, and loving kitten. However, the hospital lacked the expertise and experience in finding and screening potential adopters, especially for a special needs kitten. They started asking around and reached out through Core Paws (website for harder to place animals) and other pet adoption networks for assistance. Within a week, Minerva was accepted into Cat's Cradle Rescue (Hillsboro, OR), who helps special needs kitties, and a kitty foster mom took Minerva under her wing.
Jan, Minerva's loving foster mom, is dedicated to helping Minerva become as mobile as she can be. She takes Minerva twice a week to rehabilitation sessions with Dr Brock at Viking Veterinary Care (Beaverton, OR), a vet partner with Cat's Cradle. An MRI confirmed she had a spinal fracture which prevents her from walking. With Laser treatments and physical therapy Minerva has gained strength and developed her leg muscles enough where she tries to do, and usually succeeds, at almost everything the four cats she lives with do, including climbing a 5 ft scratching post. All the Veterinarians and staff who have helped Minerva along the way have fallen in love with her, and her strong spirit and determination; she is an inspiration to watch.
Our goal is to raise $2000 for the stem-cell treatment for Minerva. This would give her an excellent chance of finding a forever home. Minerva is an extraordinary kitty who deserves a loving home and we are doing everything we can to help her with that goal.
To donate to Minerva's GivingGrid, simply click on any one of the paw-print grid below and fill in information following the instruction (please click the title of this post to go to the full article if you can't see the grid inserted below). You can also use the "Donate" paw button on the left side of this page and leave a note to specify your contribution to go to Minerva. We are giving away several wonderful Thank You gifts, including quality kitty bedding made by our long-time friend and supporter Kathy.S, and a beautiful original painting donated by local artist Kassius. With your help, we will be able to help Minerva and "raise her up".
We at Cat's Cradle Rescue have always been very lucky in receiving public support to our work, and we are often touched by some extraordinary acts of generosity. This past Saturday (February 27th, 2016), we were again awarded with one of the most special and impressive gifts - a $200 donation check from former adopter, 13-year-old Brianna. This amazing young lady is a true animal lover and has great passion in pursuing a future career in veterinary medicine. We can't thank her enough for her trust and precious gift. With her permission, we are here to share with you her story:
"I recently had a Bat-mitzvah(celebrating me turning 13, it is a Jewish tradition). The students going through their hard work of preparing for their event, have to decide if they want to raise money for an organization, this is called a mitzvah project. I decided to donate to your wonderful organization. I actually have always loved animals, and they have always been part of my life. I volunteered at an organization called life4paws, ever since I was 9, they recently closed down so I haven't had much animal interaction lately ( except for my seven animals, 3 dogs 4 cats. 2 of the cats are still kittens that we adopted from your organization.) My dad has a friend that is a vet, and one day she found out that I wanted to be a vet, so she let me shadow her at work. That is my story."
The world will be a better place for humans and animals alike with youths like Brianna!
Love is in the air! Cat’s Cradle Rescue is holding a special adoption event for adult cats who are looking for new families, featuring "Offered by Owner" cats on Feb 13, Saturday. All participating kitties are spayed, neutered & current on vaccinations. Some are super sweethearts, some with special needs and some who are seniors. There is NO adoption fee but a $25 donation would be appreciated.
Time: Saturday, Feb 13, 12pm - 4pm
Place: Beaverton Petco Map
Cat's Cradle Rescue owes a great big THANK YOU to Jessica and the staff of PET BARN in Cedar Mill for the amazing response to their 2015 Holiday Giving Tree (see our previous post). From food, litter, cat beds, toys, the patrons of this store donated in an overwhelming way to us.
If you are in need of anything for cat, dog, bird, fish and probably many other creatures please stop in and say THANK YOU for their generous support.
Their address: 12675 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR 97229
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