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Casey's House cat rescue

Friday December 2nd, 2011

CatTime is thrilled to support Casey's House, recipient of a DogTime Media donation as chosen by Petties winner Ingrid King.

How did your organization get started?
Casey's House got started when a neighbor of the founder moved away leaving a colony of cats behind. Most of the cats were unadoptable for one reason or another and so had no place to go. The founder took in eight (she does not know for sure what happened to the rest but has reason to think that they were taken by a local boy and abandoned on various farms in the area). When one of the cats, Casey, died the last thing the founder did was promise her that she would create a sanctury for old and unadoptable cats.

What is your mission?
Our mission is to provide sanctury for old and hard to adopt cats. We have further expanded to include the service of low cost spay/neuter and rabies shots to the public in order to reduce the number of old and hard to adopt cats.

How do most of your animals find their way to you?
Most cats are brought to us by good samiritans who have rescued them from one bad situation or another.

What happens to the animals once they are in your care?
We provide lifetime care for unadoptable cats. We seek homes for the kittens of outdoor cats that come our way. On occasion we are able to place younger cats with "issues."

Tell us about a particularly compelling animal or inspiring rescue.
Last fall we took in a litter of kittens from a nearby farmer. They were all sweet and lovable kittens and we were able to find them all homes quickly except for one little guy who was born with a serious birth defect. His chest was not formed right. We were advised that he needed surgery or that he would likely die quite young.

The surgery he needed was extremly expensive and our little rescue just could not afford it. The founder, who had gotten quite attached to the little fellow was devastated. The founder had heard of a vet in Richmond that did surgery at a reduced cost; she still was not sure that Casey's House could afford the surgery but she had to try. Turned that the vet had never performed the needed surgery but was quite sure that she could do it. Since Luray would be her first case of this kind of surgery she was willing to do it at cost.

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Luray, the lucky tuxedo cat

Luray got his surgey and the founder took him home to recover. For the first week Luray could barely stand up let alone walk. The cast around his chest was heavy and he just did not seem able to adjust to it. Slowly but surely though he was able to stand, then walk, and then jump and even wrestle the other cats in the house. Two months later he was completely recovered and ready for adoption. He is now the very happy cat of the Black Horse Inn, a historic bed and breakfast located in Warrenton, Virginia.

Inspired by the work of Casey's House? Consider making a donation to their organization.

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