Easter & Her Friends at Misfit Critter Farm Need You!

For: Easter the Kitten
Organizer: Katie of Misfit Critter Farm & Sanctuary
Easter & Her Friends at Misfit Critter Farm Need You! (Easter the Kitten)
$6,271
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 119 donors
62% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

This is Easter. She is 6 mths old and has had a very tough start. Her mom was dumped with some other cats in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia where they went to live in a lady's yard. The lady spayed and neutered all of them but two had kittens while this was happening. Easter is one of those kittens. She snuck off when she was very young with a sibling and didn't come back for a long time. When she returned to the barn she had a very bad eye infection. The lady was unable to pay for the surgery she needed and didn't have anywhere to keep her inside for recovery and feared she would need a life as an inside cat so I stepped in to help. I am active in animal rescue/rehab and work with the Wythe-Bland Animal Welfare League in SW Virginia and have 3 dogs, 12 indoor cats, 1 TNR outdoor cat, 1 elderly chinchilla, 14 chickens and 5 alpacas on my farm. We raised money for her eye surgery in a day or two and she was taken in immediately to a local vet who will remain unnamed but did a very poor quality job on her enucleation. In fact, she didn't remove the eye at all but simply sewed it shut which trapped the harmful bacteria and infection inside. The vet swore that the eye had been removed by her personally and was very upset that I took Easter to my personal vet for a follow up 2 days after the supposed surgery. She was not sent home with antibiotics or pain medication. When she came to me that first day her face was covered in matted blood, she was violently shaking and could barely see at all. I thought she was going to die but she just purred so much when I held her. Her eye socket was filled with horrible bacteria and would not have healed if not reopened, drained and cleaned. She had 3 surgeries before Virginia Tech finally found her eye deep within her face and removed it. The vet has been turned in to the VA State Vet Board and I am currently seeking legal assistance. No animal should ever suffer like that.

She came to live with me the day of her surgery and we have fallen in love. She came down with a very serious stomach problem in the end of January and was on her way out of this life when I decided to take her from my vet's office and take her to the Virginia-Maryland Vet School on the Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg, VA. The Sunday that she became extremely ill and I was sure she would die happened to also be the day my Dad died two years ago from a month long battle with stage 4 cancer. It was a hard day. I couldn't let her die too. On the way there I thought she had died several times and would tap her to make sure she was ok. She crawled on her belly out of her box and laid her head on my hand while I was driving and purred. The Virginia Tech School is absolutely amazing and expensive. We raised enough money to cover her stay in the ICU for two days. While the doctors were admitting her to the ICU and assessing her condition she found the energy to launch from the counter and onto my chest where she would then climb me like a tree and snuggle with my face while purring. She had extreme symptoms of parvo but never tested positive for it or anything else. Feline parvo isn't easily diagnosed and to date there are no accurate tests. Her brothers and sisters are all in good health and all of my cats are vaccinated and in good health so it is assumed that she caught a nasty virus from the unnamed vet she went to for the enucleation. The vet is known for it's horribly unsanitary conditions. If it was parvo, we all got very lucky and it has not spread to anyone else here and since she survived it she can never get it again. That's IF she had parvo. She did have internal bleeding and some very serious issues from being so dehydrated. She never gave up and neither did I. She has been very slowly recovering from her awful diarrhea and has put on some weight though she is still under 5 lbs and thin. She went back to Virginia Tech to have her 2 week checkup and her eye was still not healed from the first surgery at the unnamed vet so they decided it was time to reopen it and get it done right. I took her back to Virginia Tech a few days later for her surgery (after getting a foot and a half of snow) and she did great. She was immediately happy and ready to play after the surgery. About a week went by and I noticed her eye socket looked a little puffy and she seemed sad. I rushed her back to Virginia Tech that day and they did a ultrasound on her eye socket, found infection, drained it and put in an umbilical string so I could continue to drain it at home. They had also done a culture on her eye bacteria and ear bacteria when they had her sedated for the second enucleation. The bacteria in her eye socket is a very resistant bacteria, pseudomonas. It is from having so much bacteria in her eye socket because it was not done properly the first time and from being on so many antibiotics. The antibiotics allowed only the strongest bacteria to survive which turned them into a super strong, resistant bacteria. The antibiotic used to treat this strain of super bacteria is very dangerous for kittens and can harm the cartridge in their bones thus stunting their growth. It can also cause the retina to separate causing blindness. It's the only shot we had though so we did it and didn't look back. Her final eye surgery came after the swelling came back after her drain was removed. I was so sad for her. Virginia Tech actually found her eye deep within her face in that final surgery confirming my deepest fear that her eye was still there and the awful vet never even removed it. Since then she has slowly healed and is finally in good shape. She has some trouble with her eye that's left but she's alive. So far, so good. I'm not sure if she's better or if we're just waiting for another problem to surface. Easter turned 6 months old on 4/20 and we went out in her stroller to a park to celebrate. She walks on a harness and loves car rides. She has been playing like crazy and wants me to carry her everywhere. If I choose to ignore that, she has no problem racing up my leg and onto my shoulder. She is a true fighter and no matter what awful things she's gone through she's never stopped purring. That's her story so far. She's such an inspiration to me

NOW, I am on a serious mission to help these cats out here in rural SW Virginia. Since Easter and though it absolutely terrifies me to add animals to the farm when money is so tight, I have taken in a cat from a difficult situation named Ghost Mouse, a cat named Hank III that came from a trap laid in a trailer park by animal control, "Biscuit" and her 7 babies. She has been having litters at Bojangles restaurant for years and avoiding capture.  She's safe now and her and her family are up for pre adoption. Critter and Skeeter Hawk are Easter's two brothers from a not so good situation and desperately need a living forever home together. They are the sweetest little guys ever. They have battled quite a few health obsicales since I took them in but are finally healthy and ready to go. They need to go as soon as possible to make room for more urgent cats that need my help. Ralph is a fairly new guy here that I trapped at the dump. His family was run over or died from serious respiratory problems. Very sad. He's a sweet chatter box. He's a bit "special" so will not be up for adoption any time soon. Willie was also pulled from Easter's old neighborhood when his humans moved and left him behind. He now resides in Roanoke with a nice lady. So many more cats and dogs to speak of and never enough time!!!

I am scrambling like mad to get cat assistance to this area that clearly only cares for dogs. The dogs are treated horribly here too, fortunately many rescues do work towards saving all of them and the shelter has a very low euthanization/murder rate. I work closely with the animal control officer and he also does everything he can for animals. So far this year, no cats have been put down. Paws crossed that it continues.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 26, 2014

Posted on May 26, 2014

So things are really taking off. Ghost Mouse was finally spayed and got all of her shots and is ready for travel to her new home. Easter's brothers are doing well and ready for adoption. Biscuits babies are 3 weeks old and doing well. Easter is doing ok though now her other eye has the third eyelid out and seems to be painful. She's being treated with erythromycin but I am taking her to the vet tomorrow. She still also has diarrhea. Ralph is slowly getting better though he still is very snotty and congested. He's on round 2 of antibiotics now. He HATES them. Poor Ralph. He's quarantined in my sad windowless bathroom because that's the only unoccupied quarantine room I have left until Easter's brothers Crityet and Skeeter Hawk are adopted or Biscuit and her babies are adopted (that won't happen for mths). I am trying to help 4 kittens and 2 female cats under a lady's house currently also. The kittens will all need homes and the mom's will need to be spayed ASAP. Finally, I have decided to become a nonprofit and do this "for real". It's all a learning process and I am making all the mistakes a person can make but the end result is good. Colie now Tira went to live in NC in a great home. Ghost Mouse will be going to Michigan soon to her new home. Willie the fluffy orange abandoned cat went to his new home weeks ago and is doing well. The lost pit bull, Mason/Rico went back to his human and they lived happily ever after. Lots of projects in the works like building two outdoor enosures for critters in need and cats that desperately want to go outside. i am also looking for another job to add to the mayhem. I have a farm etsy page "Misfitcritterfarm", work as a dog groomer, have the alpaca fiber sales and the eBay store (which I have completely dropped the ball on) and it's always insane here. I am able to help these animals through your donations. I am working towards becoming a 501c3 nonprofit to achieve tax exempt status so maybe someday businesses can donate to me and also get a tax break. It would also be able to write off some things since I spend a fortune here and am 100% out of pocket except for individual donations. I am not backed by any other rescues. Unfortunately. If you would like to help, please adopt. If you can't adopt, share or donate. Donations can also be brought to A Dog's World Spa in Wytheville, VA Tuesday-Saturday 8am - 5pm (closing earlier on Saturdays). I need a bunch of stuff that people probably have laying around their home or office that they don't even need. Amazon is expensive. Walmart isn't. Gift cards eirl best because you won't pay shipping on say a 40lb bucket of litter. I'm trying to be as frugal as possible about all of this. So please help if you can. Without y'all this really wouldn't be possible.

Posted on May 8, 2014

Posted on May 8, 2014

Isn't life strange? So here I am still on the fence as to whether or not Easter is healthy. Some days I think she's fine as she races up my curtains and goes insane. Other days, she seems like her other eye bothers her, is very sensitive to light and she blinks very fast in flutters while makes me freak out that she has a neurological condition of sorts. Then there's her diarrhea that has come back. I am so lost in that. She loves me and bosses everyone around all the time. She's just the coolest. 

I felt let really bad about her family being left behind while she got to have this great new life so I went back and got the two friendliest ones. critter and Skeeter Hawk. They both had worms really bad and conjunctivitis. So we got that all squared away but they both had extremely bad bloody vomit and diarrhea just like Easter did when she almost died. Really scared me. Always be so careful when bringing any new animals into your home. You never know if it could be hazardous to you or your animals. Always quarantine. That's my best advice. Eaater's brothers still have diarrhea but are feeling much better and are playing like kittens should. I am going to have all three of them fecal tested again to see if maybe we can get to the bottom of this. 

In the meantime, I have taken in several other cats from bad situations. Ghost Mouse came from a yard sale page on facebook where a girl was selling cats her mom abandoned. They were all pregnant, covered with fleas, wormy and malnourished. After about a month of care Ghost Mouse was looking healthy again. Strangely and happily enough, I also discovered that she wasn't pregnant. She just had worms that bad and was severely constipated. Whew!

Biscuit came from Bojangles. I was just simply helping some concerned folks out by catching her. They had all tried for years and she was too smart for traps or other methods they tried. She had many litters of kittens, all of which died in the road or storm drain that she had them in. Well, I went to see her one day while I was in town and grabbed her and put her in a carrier. She was so confused she didn't know what was happening. The lady who was going to take her was unable to so Biscuit came home with me to have her babies. She finally had her kittens on Sunday May 4-5. Seven kittens to be exact. All different colors. So she is staying here to raise her babies until they can all be adopted out. 

A few few other cats have come and gone or are in the process of going to homes that will love them. I have since decided shakily to continue with rescue and become an official farm sanctuary for animals that need help. I even attempting to help find a blind calf a home right now. Rescue isn't limited to one species. We all need rescue at times. I just hope I can continue to use Easter's fame to help bring light to other animals in need in this extremely rural mountain town in SW Virginia. I applaud all of you who have ever loved or helped an animal. They deserve it. 

Than. You all so much for your support. Without all of you this wouldn't have been possible. I am still skating on thin ice financially but hey, who in rescue isn't?! Looking around me at all these little lives is enough for me. 

Posted on April 24, 2014

Posted on April 24, 2014

Fundraiser description has changed and been updated!!! Read away! :) also, I will be making a "wish list" on amazon for the needy cats. You would be amazed how much food and litter we can burn through in a week! i am in the process of creating a catio outdoors in my building for fosters, wild cats that aren't ready for the wild yet or any other animal that comes to me in an urgent situation. I don't think it will be super expensive with the building already being there but it will ve awesome! More projects in the works. Stay tuned!

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