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FoKCA spayed and neutered 200 animals in 2014. We medically treated another 300.

Here's what we're doing so far in 2015....  

JANUARY: 

1/3: Facilitated a molar extraction for a "pit bull" named "Bruce" who had just been adopted from the KCMO shelter. Owner didn't know where to go or how to afford the surgery so she contacted us. We and KC Pet Project worked together to get this taken care of so the dog would no longer suffer from the bum tooth. (FMA)

1/3: Sent cat "Gabby" to ER after learning she had been in hiding with a broken jaw for three days at her family's home. Upon seeing her jaw, the family wanted to take her to the vet, but couldn't afford the emergency care cost up front, all at once. She was anesthetized, given pain meds and anitiobiotics, and her jaw was wired. (ANIMAL EMERGENCY CENTER)

1/6: Pitched in for two spayed/neutered cats "Mia" and "Cody" whose owner only had $50 to treat one for conjunctivitis and the other for a kidney issue. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

1/6: Sent Labrador "Lilly" needing emergency spay due to pyrometra into vet for the surgery. (INDEPENDENCE ANIMAL HOSPITAL)

1/6: Covered balance for Miniature Pinscher "Diamond" to be neutered and vaccinated since owner couldn't afford anything over $100. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

1/7: Covered neuter and meds for dog "Dodger," who was found by a good samaritan in Oak Grove. The dog fortunately tested negative for heartworms, but tested positive for whip and hook worms. Needed flea and tick treatment, panacur and trifexis. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

1/8: Paid for emergency spay on a one-year-old pittie "Kita" who had a prolapsed uterus. Owner is on disability and couldn't afford the surgery. (CRAIN VETERINARY CENTER)

1/9: Facilitated rescue of two pit bulls abandoned in house in Sedalia, MO. Paid for neutering, vaccinations etc. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

1/10: Helped with "return-to-owner" for Australian Heeler "Foxy" picked up by animal control when owner's brother left gate open. Owner couldn't afford the spay and fees because she didn't get paid until the following week. (KC PET PROJECT)

1/10: Paid for about-to-be-abandoned pit bull dog "Apollo" to get neuter, rabies, DHLPP shot, tapeworm pill, pyrantel dose and heart worm tested. Rescuer's daughter saw dog on Craigslist and knew they had to intervene before he died in his kennel or was given away to lowest bidder. He's now going to The Recue Project to await adoption. KT. (CRAIN VETERINARY CENTER)

1/10: Paid for fostered small, terrier mix "Cody" to get urinary tract infection treatment. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

1/11:  Getting two Lab/pit mixes neutered and vaccinated for owner who just recently rescued them from owner giving them away, but couldn't afford the surgeries. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

1/11:  Getting three cats and a Great Dane/Pit Bull puppy spayed/neutered who are being fostered. SC. (HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER KC)

1/11:  Spaying Min Pin "Sassy" since owner is on disability and fixed income. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

1/11:  Will spay cat "Chloe." Owner only has $20 and is short the rest. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

1/12:  Will spay cat "Zoey" since elderly owner cannot afford it. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

1/12: Getting rabbit treated for ear infection. (KC VETERINARY CLINIC)

1/12: Will spay/neuter four adult cats and five kittens for woman who cannot afford the entire cost up front. (SPAY & NEUTER KC)

1/12: Getting ear examined for rescued, spayed Lab mix "Paisley." Owner isn't working due to health issue. (FMA ANIMAL HOSPITAL)

1/12: Spaying and neutering two kittens abandoned at apartment complex. Woman is willing to keep them and give them a good home, but couldn't afford the surgeries up front. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

1/13: Will spay/neuter and vaccinate a rescued Siamese Lynx mama and her four kittens. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

1/13:  Paying for nine, friendly, dumped cats to get spayed/neutered and vaccinated. (SPAY & NEUTER KC)

1/14: Spayed/neutered two foster cats. SC. (HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER KC)

1/14:  Paid for injured Miniature Pinscher to be taken to emergency vet after being hit by a car, languishing in the freezing cold street. Nothing broken, but bruised lungs and pinched nerve/disc. (ANIMAL EMERGENCY CENTER)

1/14: Neutered two, ultra-friendly pit mixes who were surrendered by an owner who were keeping them caged up in an abandoned house with no utilities on. Dogs were freezing to death and were dying on starvation, dehydration and lack of mobility. We worked with police, volunteers from The Rescue Project and the neighbors to get the dogs to safety. Vetted them and are now in foster. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

1/15: Will neuter, deworm and vaccinate Miniature Pinscher. Owner intended to have a litter, but we explained why we needed to neuter and she agreed. (SPAY & NEUTER KC)

1/15: Treated rescued cat for pyometra. Owner neutered their male, but didn't have funds to spay the female. Then this happened. She's now spayed! (WELLBORN)

1/16: Spaying/neutering three kittens, whose mom disappeared, living under the porch of an Independence home. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA) 

1/18: Sent pit bull "Packer" to emergency vet for swollen cut on wrist. Owner didn't get paid for another week so couldn't afford a vet visit. (BLUE PEARL LEE'S SUMMIT)

1/18: Sending three APBTs to be spayed/neutered and chipped since owner is unable to afford it. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

1/19: Corrected pyometra/spayed cat "Seven." (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

1/20: Spayed rescued cat "Pixie" (HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER KC)

1/20:  Worked with The Rescue Project and Great Plains SPCA to spay/neuter and relocate 27 cats who were living on a property with a neighbor who was abusing them.  

1/21: Provides feral cat packages to 11 cats living in the Northeast area of KCMO. (SPAY & NEUTER KC)

1/21: Neutering fostered pit bull "Buddy." SC. * Buddy is in the middle, between his two fur-friends! (HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER KC)

Spayed/neutered 11 animals in January whose owners couldn't afford to do so - 2 Chihuahuas, 4 cats, 1 Shih Tzu, 1 Pomeranian, 1 Jack Russell and 1 Labrador. (BANNISTER VETERINARY CLINIC)

1/21: Sent a mama cat "Mouse" with a 105 degree temperature to the vet after having four kittens, one of whom was stillborn. Mama was lethargic and gravely ill. Owner took the already-pregnant stray in and couldn't afford the critical care. Cat received antibiotics and IV fluids and is doing much better. (BLUE PEARL LEE'S SUMMIT)

1/22: Contributed to spay for pit bull "Hershey." Dog was picked up by KCMO Animal Control and owner couldn't afford the entire fee (with spay) to get the dog out of the pound. (KC PET PROJECT)

1/26: Contributed to emergency care for feral cat "Vinny," who is looked out for by people in the Waldo area. Vinny sustained some sort of injury and had fluid in the lungs. (VCA MISSION)

February: Will get heart worm treatment for Lab mix "Roxy" whose owner is unable to pay for it. (GREAT PLAINS SPCA)

 

( * )  Denotes that the owners intended to breed their pets until clinic talked them out of it and were offered a free spay/neuter surgery. 

From some we've helped.... (Owner and pet names omitted)

"In November, my veterinarian contacted you regarding my papillon who needed surgery to remove her eye. I had been unemployed for 7 months, and I could not afford the $800 surgery, and I knew she was in pain, so I made arrangements for her to be euthanized. To my surprise and delight, two hours before her appointment, my vet contacted me, informing me that Great Plains SPCA would perform the surgery at a reduced cost, and further, that you, Friends of KC Animals, had agreed to cover my dog's surgery. I cannot express enough gratitude to your wonderful organization for saving the life of my beloved dog. She is the pride of my life, my best friend, my sunshine. Thank you so very much for coming to her rescue and saving her life. I would so much rather have a little dog with one less eye than no girl at all! I have since found employment, and would like to pay it forward by returning the money you paid for the surgery so you may be able to help another pet and owner in need. Enclosed you will find a check. I will also set up an automatic monthly donation to your organization so that perhaps one less person will have to endure the pain and grief of losing their beloved pet. Your kindness and consideration are appreicated beyond what words can say. A simple "Thank You" will never suffice. Please know that the work this charity does not only changes lives, but also saves them. This act of kindness touched my heart profoundly, and I thank you most sincerely." 

"Hi! My name is Nicole, and I spoke with FoKCA about my four month old Shepherd/Westie Parvo puppy, Zeus. (I am a low-income collage student who wasn't aniticipating the expense of Parvo treatment for my dog, so I reached out for help). The woman I spoke with said they would front the money for me to take him to KC Pet Project to receive critical care as I was about to put him down due to lack of funds for hospitalization. He's back home and doing so well now! So first of all, I want to say thank you (FoKCA) so much. He's my little buddy and I was devastated thinking of putting him down. Secondly, I made my first donation to you today to repay the favor and will continue to make them when I get money in! Again, thank you thank you thank you. I was packing him up to take him to my farm to put him down when I received a call from you guys and you've saved his life. THANK YOU."  

"I wanted to thank you and Friends of KC Animals again for all of the assistance you provided Jackie-O (and me) during her illness and transition over the Rainbow Bridge. We went to Great Plains SPCA on August 5th and they were wonderful, very gentle and kind. She was very well taken care of by them. I found out later that evening, talking to my sister, that August 5th was the 2nd anniversary of our Mother's death. So, it was a fitting day - My Mom was there to help deliver her when she was born and I was there at the time of her passing, and Mom was there to greet her in Heaven. Thank you so much. Your organization gave me so much help and peace during a time in my life when everything seemed so overwhelming and difficult. You gave me strength and courage, and more importantly, helped me take the best care possible of a wonderful, loving cat who deserved the best. Thanks to you, she received that. God bless you all!" 

I have a male pit bull and a female pit bull at home and had not gotten either fixed as I thought I was capable of keeping them separate during fertility. Wow was that a mistake. Especially since I had an accidental/irresponsible pregnancy a year ago- This second time around, my female, Raven, was unable to deliver the puppies and I was unable to pay for the emergency c-section she needed to save her life. (She couldn't deliver and was becoming toxic from the meconium filled placenta that broke). I laid on the dirty vet floor crying my eyes out with my dog. She was in pain and was going to die and I couldn't do anything for her. 
I was then given the news that Friends of KC Animals was willing to help me pay the portion for surgery that I was unable to, and that they'd spay her while in surgery. It was unimaginable to me that strangers would do such a kind thing so my dog would not die. Raven and one puppy made it through and I honestly could never express in full my gratitude for this organization helping when they didn't have to! I made arrangements to repay them so they can continue to help others. 
I encourage people to learn from my mistake and spay or neuter your animals, as there are so many pets who need to be adopted. Also, if you love your pet, then don't put them in the situation that my precious Raven was in by my irresponsible actions. I also encourage everyone to donate- even if it's $5 or more- so Friends of KC Animals can continue to help animals in need. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT MIGHT BE YOUR PET NEEDING HELP, OR ONE BELONGING TO A FRIEND WITH LIMITED RESOURCES. 
These people at Friends of KC Animals are extremely kind and angels in my eyes. If you need assistance in getting your animal spayed or neutered, please contact them for help, instead of allowing more animals to be born that may likely die in shelters. 
I thank you for reading my story and pray that it makes each of you think of the right and responsible thing to do.  

 

  

The Friends of KC Animals Board and Advisors: 

Britton Hunter, Hope Westergom, Katie Knapp, Sharon Gartin, Sarah Deters, Sarah Hancock, Stephanie Finkelstein, Debbie Palermo, Jim Bowers, Debbie Duncan, Gail Miskew and Courtney Thomas .