Bouncy Castle wrote:
Tony. What's the reason that they're still with Shelly. Surely they are old enough for neuter/spay and adoption?
Bouncy, they were originally going to be with Shelly only for a short time, but she discovered some suspicious wounds and got them checked to find that most of them had been infected with ringworm (not a worm, a fungus). Ringworm is very difficult to deal with as it spreads so easily to humans and other animals and can lay dormant for ages. Anyhow, three were put into isolation and the others were given ringworm treatment baths.
One of the problems with ringworm is that the testing can take up to four weeks and each kitten tested has to get two negatives before they are clear. They cannot be spayed or neutered in that time as the risk of doing surgery when ringworm is present is too great.
The current situation is that the Marvellous Dr Ferguson, their vet had discovered a new DNA based test that only takes a couple of days to get results. So four have now been declared free of ringworm, and the rest should (hopefully) get results later this week.
Three have now been neutered and are ready for adoption. Leo in fact is going to his new home later today and will be joined by his sister Bobbi once she is clear and spayed. Puma and Cougar (the twins) have been adopted and are just waiting to get the all clear on their ringworm so they can be neutered and go home. Lynx has two applications and LAPS has to decide which potential adopter gets him and then he'll need to be neutered. Margay has been adopted but is staying with Shelly while she gets spayed and because her new family are away. Ocelot and Panther have been neutered and are ready to go to their new home, but haven't had any applications yet. And finally, Jaguar and Siberia need to be neutered and clear of ringworm. Shelly is holding out for those too in the hope that they'll be adopted together as they have a special bond. But ultimately, if they can find homes we'll all be happy.
I wonder if any of you would consider voting daily for LAPS - the no-kill shelter that Shelly works from. It is in British Colombia, Canada and they do amazing work for cats, dogs and other animals. If I tell you that most shelters would have euthanized any kittens with ringworm due to the expense and effort required to deal with them, you'll get an idea of how hard LAPS works.
The contest ends about a week before Christmas. LAPS is currently slowly closing the gap on second place, but we need more votes. If you can please CLICK HERE
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