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Bide Awhile Animal Shelter Society

This #GivingTuesdayCa, Bide Awhile Animal Shelter will be showcasing the experiences and outcomes of two of our notable alumni - a kitten named Shelley, and a four-year-old Shih-Tzu-mix named Katie - both of whom, have left the shelter in recent months to loving, forever homes.

Their experiences, though mostly quite ordinary, were still special cases that required some extra TLC. Upon arrival, both animals had their overall health assessed by the vet and received the same medical care as every cat or dog that enters the shelter; they were vaccinated, dewormed, spayed or neutered, microchipped, tested for feline leukemia (for Shelley), groomed, socialized, and much more. After that, they would typically wait to be adopted to loving, forever families, and we would wait patiently for adoption updates about them.

But for Katie, an adorable, four-year-old Shih Tzu-mix, that wasn't everything. Upon assessment, we realized that her dental health was noticeably poor; her teeth were decaying and causing her significant pain, and so, we had several teeth removed - a costly, but necessary procedure. She also had a severe skin infection that needed treatment. Waiting for her sutures to heal and for her skin to clear up took time, but it allowed us to ensure that when Katie left, it was with a clean bill of health.

For Shelley, a sweet and energetic little kitten, came in with an eye infection that became progressively worse very quickly. Despite being on antibiotics, the infection continued to worsen, and her eye swelled up. While it was devastating for Shelley, she - somehow - seemed unphased by her injury and continued to run around and play in her cage as her body healed. Being so young, Shelley adjusted almost immediately to life with just one eye, and when she was ready for adoption, she was able to play with her siblings in our open concept cat room. Check out our Facebook page for a video of her and her siblings in our Cat Room.

While we do have an adoption fee to help subsidize the cost of care for our animals, there are often procedures, such as dental work or X-Rays that are required to ensure each animal leaves with a clean bill of health. At minimum and on average, each animal costs at least $350 to go through our shelter and paired with a loving forever home. This Giving Tuesday, we are hoping to raise $3,500 to cover the costs of caring for and rehoming just ten animals.

Here's how your gift can help subsidize the medical costs for each animal:
- $10 can help cover the cost of litter for one cat for a month
- $20 can help cover the cost of microchipping an animal (this ensures if they do get lost and end up at a vet or shelter, their chip can be scanned to reconnect them with their owner)
- $25-$35 can help cover the cost of feeding one cat or dog for a month
- $75-$100 will help cover the cost of vaccines, deworming and health checks
- $100 will help cover the cost of spaying or neutering one animal
- $350 will help cover the minimum average costs of putting one animal through the shelter (Of course, much like Katie and Shelley, there are always additional costs - X-rays, dental, surgeries, for example - to ensure they leave with a clean bill of health)

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