I am a Neighborhood Cats-trained feral cat rescuer who has been active in the Bronx for over 10 years. In my backyard, I currently maintain a colony of 20 cats. Recently, Mayor’s Alliance For Animals reached out to me to ask if I’d help get some cats who have lived happily in a small parking lot two blocks from my house TNRed. These cats are watched over by a team of three people–they have a large shelter and many long-term parked vehicles to take refuge beneath, and also a fair amount of open space.
From this lot, Lulu, a female between 1 and 2 years old, required an abortion and spaying, 2 days ago. She has a ruptured left eye, and the vet who spayed her said she should have eye-removal (enucleation) surgery. According to the parking lot caretaker, the eye injury occurred 1 pregnancy ago, so she has endured the pain and suffering of it for a very long period.
What national or NYC organizations would be able either to directly fund her surgery, or to host a Go Fund Me or similar fundraising campaign on her behalf? And perhaps foster her for the 10 days of recovery this would take? Internet says cost would be about $1000 plus pre- and post-op costs. She has a good situation in the parking lot, with people that care about her. Once she is healed and healthy, she will have a good life re-entering that successful colony, if no one adopted her. She’s feral, but fairly sweet and probably easy to tame.