Lucky Cat needs help. The ongoing impact of COVID-19 has increased the needs of community cats more than ever. The lack of low-cost vets due to understaffing and high costs has resulted in many new cats and kittens requiring emergency medical assistance in addition to general TNR (trap, neuter, and return) services. The community’s requests for help have gone up, as have the efforts of Lucky Cat’s volunteers to help those in need.
Desperate calls for help from Statesville to Charlotte and everywhere in between are a regular occurrence. “The fall fundraising call for sponsorship is a call to the community to raise the funds needed to help us continue our work into 2023 and beyond,” said Robin Bird, Executive Director of the Lucky Cat Program. “We are grateful to be here for the calls for help and grateful to our supporters who made successful outcomes possible,” Baird added.
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As the rates of unowned cats in our community are growing every day due to population growth, financial struggles, and a lack of spay/neuter; Adoption rates cannot continue, which is equivalent to the death penalty for too many cats each day in our local shelters. “By supporting the Lucky Cat Program, non-owned cats in need receive medical care, spay/neuter services, stay away from shelters, end the breeding cycle, and create a happy future for healthy Lucky Cats,” said Lucky Cat Founder and President. Abigail Jennings.
Recently, their efforts quickly turned a disaster in a Lake Norman neighborhood, when the homeowner moved and left 17 breeding cats outside and four kittens inside.
Through exceptional measures by dedicated volunteers and Lucky Cat donors, these cats were quickly confined, received medical attention, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and moved to a new feeding area with a new caregiver on a successful TNR mission. Eleven cats were adopted and neighbors agreed to feed the remaining community cats. One of the kittens, Ashley, was initially thought to be deaf but upon a visit to the vet it was diagnosed that she needed surgery to remove a tumor in her ear. Her medical bill was enormous and only one of many. These cats are now truly “lucky cats”.
Roxy was found at the age of about three weeks with two of her siblings on a roadside in Taylorsville. Their mother was injured and killed. They don’t know how long the cats have been without food. They were covered in fleas when they were found, and two of the siblings died leaving Roxy as the only survivor. Little Roxie is truly a “lucky cat” and will live a much happier life thanks to the supporters of Lucky Cat. She is currently in foster care and is gaining weight and strength so that she can be put up for adoption through a partner rescue.
Sevine, a small gray tabby weighing less than a pound, was found on the side of I-77. She was taken to the vet where she was found to have mouth wounds, scratches and abrasions consistent with being thrown from a vehicle. Her treatment added another “lucky cat” to the world. She is currently in foster care awaiting her opportunity to be adopted through a rescue partner.
Dezi was cornered at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Mooresville and required a partial tail amputation that cost more than $500. He needed a fairly quick surgery to prevent the infection from bypassing his body. With a shortage of vets, finding a vet who could quickly schedule surgery has been difficult. He eventually had surgery and it was successful. Dezi was adopted into a family forever thanks to one of the rescue partners.
Help requests like this continue to be sought daily to meet the needs of community cats. “Thanks to our supporters, we can help cats like Arthur, who is in the trailer park as just a kitten. His mother and Arthur, whose swollen eye finally settled after treatment with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication, prepared him for life-saving eye removal surgery,” Beard explained. Arthur was adopted into a loving home, and is now living his best life as a lucky cat.
Efforts are currently underway to assist what were once over 100 community cats in the Charlotte neighborhood in dire economic need. Residents fed cat droppings of food and chicken bones, fueling an endless cycle of reproduction and death through disease and starvation. Through the work of many volunteers and partnerships, this heartbreaking cycle ends. A dedicated, clean, volunteer-run feeding station awaits the cats from returning after they have been neutered, vaccinated, and spayed/neutered.
“Thanks to our volunteers, donors and adoption partners, these cats will be living their lives happily and healthily. Please help us make our biggest impact in 2023. With your support, we can help more community cats to become truly Lucky Cats,” Jennings said.
In light of the scale of the challenges this year, the Lucky Cat’s Fall Call for Care program hopes to successfully influence the larger needs in the community and turn this upward trend.
In addition to financial donations, food donations for cats and kittens are also collected. “Please share this call for help with your friends and neighbors too, as a community, we can all make a difference. Transforming the lives of these cats also helps improve our community and together we can make it happen. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Lake Norman Realty, we can Continuing to make a positive difference in the lives of the many community cats around us,” Beard shared.
Fall Call to Care donors will be entered into a raffle to win a Lucky Cat Fun Pack, with each pack featuring a unique gift certificate or gift, along with special gifts for humans and cats. Gift certificates include On the Nines, Fresh Chef, Lake Norman Brewery, Royal Bliss, Savvy Salon and Spa, Fresh Market, Brand Name Consignment, DaVinci Fleur, among others; Plus a Lake Norman waterfront vacation, or experience a waterfront penthouse on Oak Island. For more details and to donate, visit www.LuckyCats.org.