Josphine’s love for animals has always been a big part of who she is. Growing up in a home with an open door policy for people and animals alike, she has adopted that mindset for her own life leading her to become a passionate advocate for animals in need. In 2013, she founded Josphine's Cats Orphanage with her mother, Catherine Dolhom. The mission of the Orphanage is to end animal cruelty, neglect, and homelessness.
What is the impact of my gift?
- These are just some of the ways your generous gift can help our cats:
$35 can provide a veterinary exam and vaccinations for one cat.
$50 can provide a month’s supply of prescription veterinary food for a special needs cat.
$100 can cover the cost of a spay or neuter surgery. Help end pet overpopulation.
$300 can cover the cost of a wound repair surgery for an injured cat and help them on their road to recovery.
$720 can prepare an entire litter of kittens for adoption by covering the cost of their spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and deworming.
ONE OF OUR CAT ALSO IN NEED OF AN URGENT SURGERY
Flashback to October 29, 2016. A tiny, 2-month-old, grey puffball of a kitten with three legs is timestamped at ACCT Philly because of a suspected diaphragmatic hernia. Without hesitation, The Philly Kitty rescue confirmed we can help this adorable kitten, who I named Olive.
I picked up Olive from the shelter the following day. I've taken in many, many kittens in my almost 10 years of fostering, but I've never met a kitten quite like Olive. This girl was born with a congenital amputation of her left from leg, and when I placed my hand under her to lift her, I literally felt her heart beating against my fingers. Despite her physical differences, Olive is very much a normal kitten who has boundless energy, no fear, and gets into everything.
Our first step was to get Olive to an emergency vet (Mt Laurel Animal Hospital), where they took some x-rays. It turned out she doesn't have a hernia, but rather she is missing most of her sternum and her ribs haven't fused to the sternum section remaining. The recommendation was to let her grow for several months and recheck the x-rays to decide if surgical intervention was necessary.
On February 22, 2017, Olive was evaluated at VSEC Levittown to decide whether or not her condition required surgery. She had x-rays taken and got an ultrasound to better understand what was needed. Dr. Jennifer MacLeod recommended that we go ahead with surgical repair of Olive's sternum defect. Ideally, this repair would be performed soon since her bones are still "pliable" and would likely have a better surgical outcome.
We would love to give little Olive a chance at a normal life. A life where she can run and jump without the risk of injury to her unprotected heart.
Before any surgery, Olive's veterinary care is just shy of $1,000. The estimate for the surgical repair is from $3814.05 to $5062.79, assuming there are no complications. She will also be spayed at the time of the sternum repair and require postsurgical follow-up visits. Please consider donating towards Olive's surgical costs. All donations are tax deductable and will help us give Olive the full, happy life that she deserves!
"When an animal finds a forever home, it’s not just life-changing for the animal, but for the family that gets to receive the unconditional love that animals give.” - Josephine Dolhom