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Help save the kitties

Things weren’t looking good for one little kitty from Raymond.

It was a Friday night. Vetters Animal Hospital was closing for the weekend when a distressed woman called. She had found a kitten near the Red & White store. Its lower leg was nearly chopped off and badly infected. Could she bring him right in?

When she arrived, Dr. Lewis expected that the kitty might have to be put down. He was painfully thin. The wound (which probably came from a fan or fan belt after he curled up on the engine of a parked car to keep warm) was several days old and grotesque. “But he wanted to live,” Dr. Lewis said, “I could see it in his fuzzy little face. I fell instantly in love.”

The little guy was standing inside a carrier, kneading his blanket. He rubbed up against the door, looking for affection.

Lewis and her assistant Brandice stayed late and took the 3-4 month old cat into surgery. He certainly did want to live. An hour after having his left rear leg amputated, he was awake and hungry.

The next day, he earned the name Pogo, as in pogo stick, for jumping up as if he didn’t have a problem in the world, greeting the young man on feeding duty with open arms.

Pogo is now at Harry’s House, the new Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA) cat shelter. His surgery was partially paid for by his rescuer and partly by HAVA’s “Frisky Fund” — a special fund just for sick or injured strays. HAVA is paying for his ongoing care and will soon be looking for a home for this very, very special young guy.

But here’s the problem. HAVA’s Frisky Fund is gone. Empty. In 2013, several emergencies (including a major rescue involving multiple sick and neglected dogs) depleted the account. Helpful donors chipped in but emergencies continue. Pogo’s surgery now means there’s nothing left for other animals who have no one that cares.

So HAVA once again needs the community’s help. You can send your donation to HAVA at P.O. Box 243, Raymond, WA 98577 or drop it by Harry’s House at 431 2nd Street, Raymond during open hours (every Wednesday 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and first and third Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). Donations can also be left at Vetters, made out to HAVA. You can mark your tax-deductible donation for the Frisky Fund.

The Frisky Fund is not the only way HAVA cares for the animals of the Twin Harbors. Last year, with the help of donors, the group funded more than $47,000 in medical treatment for cats and dogs. This included a spay-neuter program for low-income households; a trap-neuter-release program for hundreds of feral cats; vaccinations, deworming, neutering, flea treatment, and other health care for all of HAVA’s adoptable dogs and cats; rehabilitation for neglected and abused animals; and of course emergency treatment for desperate strays. HAVA also has a pet-food bank for low-income families and ongoing educational programs.

All this is possible thanks to the generous people of the Twin Harbors. Anyone interested in adopting Pogo should call HAVA at (360) 942-4716.

Mary Mast


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