We wanted to give you a quick update on how we are doing with our poorly kittens.
We have decided to put our sanctuary cattery under quarantine at the moment the due to a virus called Panleukopenia, that has unfortunately taken the lives of 5 of the kittens we have recently rescued. We are in direct and regular contact with our vets and are following all the guidelines and protocols they have given us.
We have now received test results which have identified the type of virus that we are dealing with, which means we can use specific disinfectants for our barrier nursing and procedures, so that we can stop the spread of it.
We’ve assigned a dedicated team of our staff to look after the cats and kittens affected by the virus and they are following a strict decontamination regime including using specific products and disinfectant that are known to kill the virus.
All this extra cleaning and quarantine procedures, whilst extremely necessary, are as you can imagine putting a lot of extra strain on our already hardworking team of Animal Carers not to mention extra stress on our already stretched finances. All the expenses that we will incur because of this virus will be on top of our usual running costs. As you probably know, both of these are funded solely from donations from people like yourselves. So we are finding ourselves asking, once again, for your generosity in helping us to fight this virus on behalf of all the cats and kittens in our care. If you are in a position to do so, please could you donate towards our fight. Every single donation, no matter how small goes directly towards the running of Woodlands Animal Sanctuary and in particular the additional costs we are incurring at this time.
If you would like to donate, there are several ways you can, depending on what you find easiest:
• Online, by following the link
• Via the website
• Send a cheque
• Drop cash off
We have taken the advice of our vet and have disposed of all of our used cat bedding, toys, litter trays etc so as to help reduce the risk of the virus remaining in the environment. This does mean though, that we are now very short of all these items and would also be so grateful if you were able to donate cat blankets (microfibre/fleece ones are ideal due to their quick drying nature), towels, cat toys and scratchers as well as litter trays.
We are very grateful to the following places who have said they will be drop off points for us for any donated items.
Pet’s at home in Southport
Yorkshire Building Society, 48a Fishergate, Preston
Barn Owl Produce, 19 Moor Street, Ormskirk
Co-op, Church Road, Banks
We are so so grateful for all the support you have given us so far – it really does make a difference, not only to the animals but to us as well. Times like this really are difficult for all of us here and knowing we have you all rooting for us helps us get through the most difficult times.
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