An orange domestic shorthair cat named Tico was recently dumped off at the Cameron Animal Hospital on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. “Someone left a note saying the cat was peeing everywhere, so they couldn’t keep him,” says , says receptionist Lauren Boonstra. “Turns out he had a urinary infection, and Dr. Cameron fixed him.” Tico was adopted last month.
Most weeks, says Boonstra, a cat or two are abandoned on the hospital’s doorsteps. To deal with the problem, the hospital recently began raising money to take care of unadoptable and feral cats that aren’t as lucky as Tico. Boonstra says that she, along with hospital CEO Janice Lyons, started a gofundme page to send the cats to a sanctuary in Maryland. Boonstra says the cost per cat is $450. Why so high? “The sanctuary charges $350 for the lifelong feeding and medical care of each cat, plus there are transportation costs,” says Boonstra. So far, the hospital has raised $470 on the website; its goal is to raise $1,000.
From the Cameron Animal Hospital gofundme page:
We have a team of dedicated and compassionate staff who take great pride in what we do: saving lives. While our main function is as an animal hospital, we often get cats abandoned at our doorstep, hit by cars or attacked by wildlife, or taken from neglectful owners. Most of the cats we rescue are adopted out to wonderful families. Some, however, are feral and deemed unfit for family life. They live their lives in cages. This is no life for an animal! We are asking your help to send these precious lives to: The Good Shepard Cat Sanctuary, located in Delmar, MD, a no kill rescue.
For further information, contact Boonstra at: email@example.com