Fundraiser a success for Smiths Falls cat rescue

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A local cat rescue is now recovering from a deadly disease that came from a Quebec hoarding situation.

Furry Tales Rescue, a Smiths-Falls-based cat rescue, was hit hard after discovering the 16 cats rescued from a hoarding situation in Quebec were infected by a deadly virus, feline panleukopenia, in early October, but after more than a month of battling the disease things are starting to look up for the local rescue.

When the cats arrived at the rescue they were temporarily living in one of two facilities that Furry Tales have, but once the virus was discovered, the rescue had to make the tough decision to close it because the virus can continue to be highly infectious for up to a year.

Closing the facility left the recue only able to operate at half capacity while it raised funds to refurbish a new space for the cats.

A GoFundMe campaign was created on behalf of Furry Tales Rescue as the vet bills and other financial responsibilities rolled in, including the costs to refurbish a shell of a building on the rescue's property into a new cat shelter.

"The community support is the driving force behind this rescue," said Donna MacRae, founder of Furry Tales Rescue.

From the fundraising campaign the rescue has raised $15,425, exceeding the $15,000 goal. The goal was originally $10,000 but as rebuilding began the costs became clearer, which increased the overall target.

"People were behind us right from the get go and strongly supported us. The financial goal was set and we weren't sure if it was attainable but we surpassed it," said MacRae, adding that she is very thankful for the community support.

Currently they hope the new facility will be completed in about a week's time.

Out of the 16 cats that Furry Tales rescued, there were only six survivors: Three adults and three kittens that have since been vaccinated against the virus and have undergone six weeks in quarantine. The next step is to have them go through the regular vetting where they'll be spayed and neutered and then hopefully find their future homes, said MacRae.

The community continuously supports the local rescue; as of Friday it officially hit 6,000 adoptions in six years.

(Jessica Munro is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times

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