LCAR rescues cats and kittens from over 25 shelters in five states. Most of the shelters do not or are not allowed to release personal information about the previous owners. The only information shared is the cat’s medical history.
Shelter cats may have been strays or they may have lived a pampered existence and been given up. Rescued kitties are often exposed to starvation, neglect and in some cases, physical abuse. While extensive medical care is provided prior to adoption, it's up to you maintain the kitty’s health. Continued veterinary care is crucial to the well being of your new pet. Regardless of their past, their future lies with you.
Ages are approximated. The cats are aged by a vet when they arrive at the shelter. The arrival date is the date listed for deworming on your LCAR contract. The age is printed on your contract in the medical history section.
Contact LCAR firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide as many available details about the cat such as age, color, date and location of adoption. If you have the cat’s file number available we can send you duplicate paperwork.
Your kitty needs to go to the vet within three days of adoption. Take your cat’s file with you. It includes the medical history and shot records including the rabies vaccine. The vet will set up a shot schedule, monitor the cat’s general health and resolve any unforeseen issues. A fecal test will be done to check for parasites. Please take a fecal sample with you to the appointment. For more information, check out:
A sneezing kitty may be having a reaction to an intranasal vaccine or have an upper respiratory infection. The best way to tell is to take the kitty to the vet. If it is an upper respiratory infection, the sooner the kitty starts treatment the quicker it will feel better. If your kitty has already been to the vet and is taking antibiotics, make sure to complete the course of meds. Also, make sure that your kitty is eating and drinking. Contact your primary care vet for additional information.
There are several reasons your kitty may experience diarrhea (loose stool). The most common causes are change in diet and stress. However, the possibility of a medical reason should not be overlooked. Contact your vet for additional information.
Declawing is prohibited in the contract you signed.
Ninety percent of cats turned into shelters for urinating and defecating outside the litter box are front paw declawed. The procedure is not a manicure but an amputation at the first joint of kitty's "toe". Regular nail trimming, scratching posts and in some cases SOFT PAWS (kitty nail tips) help to prevent unnecessary scratching. Please refer to http://www.declawing.com
for additional information.
FeLV (Feline Leukemia) and FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) are transmitted through contact with other infected cats. They are both very serious and can drastically affect the health of your kitty. All adoptable LCAR cats/kittens are tested for FeLV/FIV, and the results are negative as noted in the cat’s medical record. However, since recent exposure may not show, we encourage you to have another test done at your vet in three months. Contact your primary care vet for additional information.
Panleukopenia is a potentially fatal feline disorder caused by the parvo virus. Symptoms can include lack of energy, diarrhea, vomiting, high temperature, dehydration and lack of appetite.
The virus is especially hard on the very young and the very old and has a very high mortality rate. The Panleukopenia virus is common in shelters. Although all kitties available for adoption appear healthy, as with any cat there is a chance they have been exposed to a variety of viruses.
The distemper FVRP vaccine guards against the virus. It is important to complete the series to ensure your kitty is protected. LCAR administered at least one vaccination in the series. Contact your primary care vet for additional information
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a cat disease caused by the mutation of the corona virus. The disease presents in two forms: wet or dry. The wet version is easily diagnosed by the presence of a distended (swollen) fluid filled abdomen, anorexia, vomiting, lack of energy and dehydration. There is no preliminary test or proven vaccine available for FIP. Contact your primary care vet for additional information.
All animals are at risk for intestinal parasites (worms). There are several kinds of worms a kitty can harbor. All LCAR kitties have been treated at least once with a medication called "Strongid" to eliminate the parasites. However the deworming medicine is not always a one-time event. Your kitty may need a second dose of the anti-worm medication. A fecal analysis at the vet is the only way to check for parasites. Intestinal parasites can be as detrimental to your kitty's health as any virus or bacteria. If kitty parasites are not treated, serious illness or even death can result. Contact your primary care vet for additional information.
All cats 13 weeks or older have receive a rabies vaccine. Unless otherwise noted, it is a one-year vaccine. If they had a rabies vaccine prior to coming to our rescue, the rabies certificate will be in your file. Typically rabies tags are not issued for cats. To board or have your cat professionally groomed, a rabies certificate is required.
Cats/kittens typically use a litter box instinctively. If your kitty doesn't seem to get the concept or seems defiant about using the litter box, there are several things to be considered. Primarily, you need to determine: "Is it behavioral or medical?" Make sure the litter box is readily available and clean. Sometimes kitties don't feel like long hikes to use the potty. If your kitty is eliminating outside the box make sure the box is cleaned on a very regular basis (at least daily). Most cats seem offended if you expect them to use a "dirty" litter box. If you have more than one cat or more than one level of your home it is recommended that you have at least one litter box per cat per floor. (2 cats + 2 floors = 4 litter boxes) There are "special" litters and sprays you can purchase to encourage kitties to use the litter box. If after trying simple "at home" solutions the problem persists, you will need to schedule a vet visit. Improper elimination may be caused by urinary tract infections. Contact your primary care vet for additional information.
No, all Last Chance rescue cats must be strictly indoor cats. The average life span of an outdoor cat is less than five years, while the average lifespan of an indoor cat is 15-20 years. Cats are fascinated by the great outdoors, but we are not doing them a favor when we let them out to roam where they face a myriad of dangers: cars, foxes, dogs with prey instincts, rabid animals, some not so nice people, diseases and more. The natural prey instinct in your cat could harm or kill birds and other small mammals. It is easy to keep a cat entertained inside with the simple toys and stimulation, including a great view of the outside world. At the rescue, we go to great lengths to ensure that our animals get a chance at a long and healthy life. That is why we put it in our adoption contract that Last Chance cats must be indoors only.
In August 2004, a group of animal welfare industry leaders from across the nation convened at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California, for the purpose of building bridges across varying philosophies, developing relationships and creating goals focused on significantly reducing the euthanasia of healthy and treatable companion animals in the United States." We use the nationally recognized shelter statistic gathering and reporting methods as set forth in the Asilomar Accords. (2012 Asilomar Statistics)
The non-profit organization Maddie's Fund offers grants to rescue organizations to support community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S.
The organization tracks animal rescue and shelter statistics to measure success rates and help establish rescue goals.
Here are the Last Chance Animal Rescue statistics as collected by Maddie's Fund:
2015 Maddies Fund LCAR Statistics
2014 Maddies Fund LCAR Statistics