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Women gets her cats back after 2 years because of microchips but one cat is very ill

As Jeannette Schultz told the story of how she was reunited with her cats, Cabbie and Chaos, who had been missing for two years, Cabbie ate.

The orange cat, which lost 11 pounds during that time, continued eating as Schultz recalled how on Monday she received a phone call from Best Friends Animal Society, saying her pets were among the hundreds of sick and starving cats housed at a troubled sanctuary in Pahrump.

Thirty minutes later, as Schultz expressed her anger with the sanctuary's operator, For the Love of Cats and Kittens, FLOCK, Cabbie's head slumped in his food bowl.

"He was like a pancake," Schultz said of Cabbie, who now weighs 6 1/2 pounds and whose shoulder blades and ribs protrude when he hunches over.

"They said they had to pick him up with two hands because he couldn't walk or move his head," she said.

When officials arrived at the 2 1/2-acre Pahrump property last month, officers found 400 sick and starving cats roaming the open facility.

Schultz said her cats were obviously pets that had no reason to be kept at the facility for abandoned animals.

"Why would you take pets out there that you know people would adopt," she said. "Why did they (FLOCK) accept them? And, why weren't they scanning them?"

Schultz's two cats were identified because they had a chip with Schultz's name and address inserted beneath their skin. They were licensed and tagged.

The gray and white Chaos, though not quite himself, is thin but in much better shape than Cabbie.

Microchips have been found in more than 10 cats at the facility, said Sherry Woodard, an animal behavior consultant with Best Friends Animal Society, the Utah-based group that has taken over the facility.

She said she did not know whether FLOCK had a machine to scan the devices, but she said members of FLOCK made no effort to reunite tagged animals with their owners.

A visit to the veterinarian Monday revealed Cabbie, who is 16, has feline AIDS, heart worm, ear ticks, anemia, missing teeth and a 5 percent chance of survival.

The cat is quarantined in Schultz's bedroom. He moves slowly from the bed, where he sleeps, to the litter box, to his food bowl and back to the bed, she said.

"I'm so sad," Schultz said. "I have him back now, but I have him back maybe just to lose him."

The emaciated animal needs intravenous medication, oral vitamins, eye drops and prescription pills administered two and three times daily.

Schultz said she will have to come home from work on her lunch break for the 35-minute medication ordeal that is costing around $125 a week.

"I'm not ready to let go of him yet now that I just got him back," she said.

Best Friends offered to help Schultz, who just started a new job, by paying for the first week of the cat's treatment.

After monitoring Cabbie's response to the medication, Schultz will decide whether she can continue paying for his care.

"Even if I have to pay, I'll find the money," Schultz said. "As long as he is not in pain. Otherwise he'll just have to be pampered as he dies and put down when the pain gets bad."

Since Best Friends began caring for the cats at FLOCK's dilapidated facility, more than 20 have died from nontreatable health conditions, such as organ failure from severe starvation.

"Every day we have some victories, and every day we have some sad losses," Woodard said.

Animal-control officers took over the no-kill facility two weeks ago after being tipped off by a FLOCK volunteer. Officials have vowed to charge someone in the case with cruelty to animals.

About 20 of the 400 cats have found temporary or permanent homes. Woodard said Best Friends will stay in Pahrump until all of the cats have found another place to live.

"We won't leave any of them behind," she said.

Chaos, who disappeared six months before Cabbie, instantly recognized Schultz when she went to the facility to retrieve her cats.

As she waited for about an hour for the arrival of Cabbie, who was being cared for at a temporary foster home, Chaos sat under her chair.

"There were all these cats everywhere, and Chaos didn't move," Schultz said. "It was like he knew."

Best Friends is looking for people to provide veterinarian services, including treating dental conditions, and donations. The organization's Web site, bestfriends.org, has photos of the facility and a list of ways to adopt and help the pets.

Schultz, who left the facility with a third cat, Rascal, which she adopted, plans to volunteer at the facility.

"There are a lot of cats out there that need to be adopted. They just need to be fed and loved," she said.

If anyone would like to help with donations for Cabbie's medications and vet bills their is a Bank of America account set up.

Any small amount would be so greatly appreciated.

Bank of America

A. J. Schultz "for Cabbie"

Account # 5010-0339-2654

you will need the account number and name

Cabbie and Jeannette thank you from the bottom of their hearts
post #2 of 4
Riley is not chipped yet, but I will be having it done soon.

I'm glad she got her cats back, even if he is sick and needs a lot of care.
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Just a reminder to our members about solicitations from our forum rules:

5. Solicitations – TheCatSite.com does not encourage or promote solicitation of money from our members. We will help in every way possible with our knowledge and support, but as many of us have multi-cat households and work with local rescue groups, monetary support is not always possible to causes or people we do not personally know. Members are allowed one posting in the SOS forum for each organization. Repeated postings for the same cause or organization will be deleted.

The needs of rescue workers are great and we recognize this fact. To care for multiple cats, find suitable homes, good vet care, food, etc. is costly. From time to time you will see some posts come up to ask for donations for a cause. It is YOUR responsibility to check out these solicitors to the best of your ability. More often, you will see pleas from individuals asking for money to be sent directly to them to assist with veterinary bills. Some come up with slick websites, others just have heartwrenching stories. In each of these cases, the poster is allowed ONE thread, to be placed in Cats SOS.

In either case, if you feel compelled to donate money ask for references, phone numbers, call around the area and find out if this is a legitimate cause or a scam. For personal pleas, get the veterinarian’s contact information and send money directly to the veterinarian to help with bills for that particular cat. If that information is not available, you have the answer if the plea is legitimate or a scam.

Be very careful before you send any money: no matter how effective the plea is, check it out first before opening your wallet.
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Here are some links to her story:



I responded on your other thread
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