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Betty is a timid but loving tabby kitten who has been waiting, along with her sister Wilma, for an adopter to claim her and give her a fur-ever home, since she was rescued in November as an 8 week old kitten. Now she is about 8 months old and still hasn't found her purr-manent home. Even though she is shy at first, once she warms up to you, Betty is a very loyal and loving kitty who loves belly rubs. When you scratch down her back and at the base of the tail, her rump raises in the air in appreciation! She loves to chase laser light and try to scoop it up in her paw. You have to meet her to see how irresistible she is! A formerly feral kitten needs some TLC in the beginning and once they learn to trust you, you will have a bonded friend for life!

News

Post by Healing Animal Scars - Sonya's Cat & Animal Rescue Society.
UPDATE: APRIL 6th, 2014 - The founder, Sonya Higgins, has dedicated the past 8 years of her life to full time cat rescue, but has to halt intake effective immediately, due to being diagnosed with breast cancer. Once her medical treatments are complete, hopefully the rescue will resume taking in cats. For now, we will continue to seek homes for the cats currently in our foster homes and focus on fundraising. We need to continue fundraising because we must cover costs for the cats still currently in our care (sick kittens, adopted animals coming back for surgery, a cat who may need a huge dental surgery - we could spend $2,000 this week alone), and would like to have funds available to sponsor vet care if we can convince other rescues/individuals to take the cats that we will have to decline during Sonya's illness, and to have money in the bank ready to spend at the vet on new cats, once Sony a is back on her feet and able to resume full-time cat rescue.

Healing Animal SCARS will continue to help those who want to help cats. If you are looking for assistance, we can only entertain serious inquiries from those who are willing to step up fully by taking the cats or kittens into their own homes and provide financial assistance. We can provide our guidance, equipment and vet discount. We cannot be a phone call solution to make a "cat problem" disappear. As we have always stated, the cat overpopulation is a "human problem" as humans caused it. Not the cats. We need humans to step up and help us help the cats.

Healing Animal SCARS is constantly fundraising to spay/neuter and provide high-quality veterinary care. If anyone would like to host a fundraiser event on behalf of Healing Animal SCARS, please email us your idea and we would be thrilled to discuss it with you! Emails can be sent to katsonya@accesswave.ca or katsonya@gmail.com

Adopting a friend

The adoption process will involve completing a thorough application prior to approval. The adopter will complete a contract upon adoption of the cat. You are not BUYING a cat - I must stress that it is not a purchase price, but an adoption donation (we suggest a donation of $150).

This fee will include:

• Testing for Feline Leukemia (and FIV, if the cat is over 6 months of age, as young kittens cannot be reliably tested for FIV)
• 2 sets of vaccinations - boosters spaced 3-4 weeks apart (possibly 3 vaccines if kittens are still here when the 3rd set of vaccines is due)
• Deworming and parasite care
• Advantage or Revolution flea treatment
• Spaying or neutering plus the cat/kitten will have been treated for any existing problems, such as upper respiratory infections or urinary tract infections.

While the cats are in our care, we will cover the cost of food, litter, shelter and general health care (ie: to treat infections or injuries). Each cat can cost well over $300 to care for, so we feel $150 is a reasonable adoption donation to request. If you expect us to hold a kitten for you, that is ready to adopt, we will ask for a $100 non-refundable deposit, to ensure that you are serious about adoption.

Sonya Higgins Chairman/Director, “Sonya’s Cat & Animal Rescue Society” katsonya@accesswave.ca

Requests for help:

While I cannot personally rescue every cat that I am contacted about, I can offer assistance to any caring citizen who wants to help a feral or stray cat. If the person seeking help can offer their home as a temporary,possibly long-term foster, I can offer reduced veterinary costs and to help find homes by advertising on this site. I have to fund-raise for each cat I take in and resources are limited.

TNR

Trap, Neuter, Return programs can stop the cycle. I have been involved in several projects with other cat rescuers.

If I get a request for help from someone but cannot take the animal myself, so I enable them to become a rescuer themselves! I offer assistance in trapping, to loan (with refundable deposit) any equipment such as cages and litterboxes, and my discount at the vet if the person is willing to sponsor the cat financially and foster it.

In some cases, these are straightforward TNR cats that only need to be kept a couple of days post-surgery. In other cases, when someone finds a tame cat and needs my help, if they are willing to foster it until it finds a permanent home, I can offer to help by advertising on Petfinder to find a responsible adopter and offer to obtain reduced-cost veterinary care for the cat up to the point of the spay or neuter.

It seems almost everyone has a stray or feral in their backyard. I am trying to change the way HRM thinks about the feral cat crisis. I want to empower other people to become rescuers on a small scale and teach people how to be part of the solution.

The main obstacle to starting this project is funding. Each cat can cost between $180 - $300+. To help financially, you can make a donation at the Eastern Passage Village Veterinary Hospital or at the Russell Lake Animal Hospital on the Healing Animal SCARS account.

They accept credit cards over the phone and will mail you a receipt. If you are visiting the clinic in person, they also accept cash and debit cards, but unfortunately are unable to accept personal cheques. We also have a Paypal account set up and there is a link on this page if you wish to donate via this method.

Contact Sonya Higgins at 469-MEOW or email katsonya@accesswave.ca for more information.

Donations are gladly accepted anytime at Matt’s Bottle Exchange in Eastern Passage. If you are dropping off your own refundable recyclables, please consider donating part or all of the proceeds to our account “Healing Animal SCARS - Sonya’s Cat & Animal Rescue Society”.

Kitty Wish List


• Medi-cal or Royal Canin brand cat food
• Traps, Cages and travel carriers
• Laundry supplies – bleach, detergent and dryer sheets
• Disinfecting wipes, Rolls of paper towels and Boxes of tissue
• Large/thick garbage bags & Ziploc bags
• New or gently used scratching posts
• New or gently used cat beds

Who We Are

Sonya’s Cat & Animal Rescue Society (SCARS)

Mission Statement:

To rescue and help heal the scars left on felines that are living as strays or ferals, whether the scars be physical or emotional. We provide love, food, shelter, veterinary care, and finally more love, to the cats that come into our care.

Our goals include:

• Rescue feral or stray cats from a harsh life outside and try to rehabilitate them
• Find loving adoptive homes for the friendly cats
• Humanely trap feral cats and help to rehabilitate them
• If they do not turn out to be adoptable, we would do a Trap, Neuter, Return program.
• To educate the public about proper animal care
• To promote spaying and neutering pets to prevent further overpopulation

History

Sonya’s Cat & Animal Rescue Society is a rescue that helps abandoned, stray and feral cats and kittens. In the 5 years prior to starting this rescue, I had rescued over a hundred cats, usually paying out of my own wallet to provide veterinary care, food and shelter to these poor creatures, before finding them loving adoptive homes. Since it began for real in May 2006, I have helped well over 500 cats and kittens directly into our rescue and 1000's through our vast animal lover network.

I am a private citizen who rescues cats in my own home and renovated workshop. I have been a volunteer for other animal rescue organizations, and the need for another group was evident, as all shelters are always full.

We need to cover vet costs of the cats currently in our care. Right now, there is NO SHELTER - we are merely a network of concerned citizens that take in stray cats and provide vet care, spay or neuter, and foster the cats in our own homes until we find proper permanent adoptive homes for the cats.

Adopt a Kitten

Adopting a friend

The adoption process will involve completing a thorough application prior to approval. The adopter will complete a contract upon adoption of the cat. You are not BUYING a cat - I must stress that it is not a purchase price, but an adoption donation (we suggest a donation of $150).

This fee will include:

• Testing for Feline Leukemia and FIV
• 2 sets of vaccinations at 6 & 9 weeks (possibly 3 vaccines if kittens are still here at 12 weeks of age)
• Deworming and parasite care
• Advantage or Revolution flea treatment
• Spaying or neutering plus the cat/kitten will have been treated for any existing problems, such as upper respiratory infections.

While the cats are in our care, we will cover the cost of food, litter, shelter and general health care (ie: to treat infections or injuries). Each cat can cost well over $300 to care for, so we feel $150 is a reasonable adoption donation to request.


The donation covers all the start–up veterinary costs of getting a new cat; that way we are assured the people adopting these precious creatures are willing to bring it to the vet regularly. We intend to prevent further litters of unwanted kittens by having our kittens spayed and neutered at an early age, prior to being adopted.

Come Visit Us!


Please call or email to make an appointment to visit.
Sonya's Cat & Animal Rescue Society

Eastern Passage, NS
Phone: 902-469-6369

Email: katsonya@accesswave.ca
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