Chapelhouse Persian Rescue is the only rescue funding cats in the care of vet practices, where animals are under- or un-funded.
Recently we ran an appeal for funds for a cat at a vet practice that would never be in our care.
Some people didn't understand why we would be funding that cat?
Our answer is: well, where else does a vet get funds for unsupported cases? Here are just two examples. More detail is given later.
You, some day, could be the person who has not enough money to pay for your cat's treatments at the vets when a large procedure is needed.
Wouldn't you like your vet to be able to obtain the funds from us, to ensure your pet lives?
Vets Take in Un-Funded Cases...
There's nowhere for vets to access emergency funds.
Many cats are put to sleep because of a simple lack of access to financial support.
Timely intervention of veterinary practices and caring vets and nurses ensures cats are saved.
Vets often take in a cat and then worry about how they'll support its care. Your own vet probably performs services to rescue of which you know nothing. Ask your vet: have they taken in 'needy', unsupported cases?
Your vet cannot access the public to ask for funds. So the practice will scour the internet for help and land on our website.
They will call us to see if we can take the cat in, or (given that usually it's a cat in a critically ill state) they'll call to see whether we can supply the funds to care for it, which can mean hundreds of pounds for one animal.
Or, can we pay for the cat and then take it?
All three scenarios happen frequently; we support them all.
In some cases vets already have a home lined up for the pet, but that home may be unable to support the cat's initial vet fees; most new adopters will take a pet when it is well, not when it's sick.
It is a rare applicant who offers to repay a vet for funds invested in an animal.
So animals are at risk of euthanasia because the vet cannot access funding in this interim period. The vet is working to get a cat 'fit for homing' on a very tight budget defined by the fact that the cat has no accountable owner.
In other cases there is no owner lined up. The pet, if it recovers, may come to us or to another shelter. We do not mind where the cat goes; why does that even matter? Is rescue about ownership? Or is it about extending services to areas that need help, regardless of whose cat it is, or where?
We support pedigree cats' care as far as we can. We're proud to 'plug the gap' to help vets do this vital work.
However, we are a single-handed operation (despite how we may look from the website). We do not have any funds banked; month to month all resources are allocated to cats, vet care for our own animals and necessary supplies.
When we are asked to help a desperate 'vet case' we have to run a live appeal; there's no alternative. Therefore YOU, the public, are dictating whether a pedigree cat lives or dies on every Appeal.
How Do Pedigree Cats End Up Un-Funded and Needing Help from Vets?
It happens because:
Why Can't Donations Be Given to the Vets Direct?
We are usually asked to collect funds on behalf of vets; this is the way vets like things and it works very well.
We will work within whatever guidelines the vet gives us on each case, and happily so; the less difficult we make it, the more easily and quickly a cat can be helped.
Vets: Does Your Practice Need Our Help?
We are happy to help any vet; if your practice has an urgent admission of an un-funded/part-funded pedigree cat, especially a Persian, we are likely to be able to help with funding and later, with rehoming.
Please note: we also help members of the general public on this same basis, in compassionate cases.
We are also happy to run appeals for funds for vet care or behavioural help for cats where there is a shortfall, especially where owners are elderly, ill or disabled, in which case pet insurance isn't always a possibility.
If you are in dire straits or if you know somebody who is, do contact us in confidence using the Contact Form and we will run an Appeal with your identity withheld if the case is appropriate.