Amount of surrendered & stray animals awaiting homes in shelters.
Average no. of unaltered dogs in York county homes
Approximate count of backyard breeders
Approx. count of cats alterend through funded TNR (Trap, neuter, release)
Murphy’s story begins in a mid-July of 2016 after we set a trap out for a lost kitty in our borough. But instead of recovering the lost cat, we found a very terrified & very skinny tiger cat covered in fleas & with missing patches of fur in our trap. He had scabs from head to toe; his ears were black from a bad case of ear mites & a wound on his neck hinted to a recent fight with another animal. It was obvious he had been fending for himself for a while.
We took him to our veterinarian to have him scanned for a microchip & posted him on Find Toby in PA in hopes his owner had been looking for him. We were overjoyed when the vet found a microchip and discovered that the owners were our previous neighbors across the street who had moved 10 months prior. We hoped he had gotten lost in their move. The vet contacted them but after no response was received, we also reached out to them & were met with the same disappointment.
It became apparent that they had kicked this sweet boy outside to fend for himself rather than taking him with them or making other arrangements for him. How he survived the brutal blizzard that year & life on a very busy main road for so long is astonishing. We learned from a neighbor that he had also fathered 2 kittens that year & was seeking shelter in their garage from time to time.
We decided to take on the responsibility of getting him back to health so that he could find a new home of his own where his humans would reward his unconditional love & devotion with loyalty & commitment. Since “Murphy’s Law” had been a contributing factor up to this point, it seemed fitting we name him Murphy.
Being on a very tight budget & a house full of rescues already meant we would need to seek help from local rescues. We contacted several seeking resources to help us to properly vet Murphy yet the few that responded all said the same. “We are at max capacity & cannot offer assistance”. Dismayed but not discouraged, we combined every penny we had to afford his neuter, vaccinations & flea treatments. It took Murphy some time to adjust to his new surroundings & to trust us but with lots of patience, love, cat treats & catnip, (his favorite!), he slowly started to appreciate our affection & even ask for it!
Sadly, Murphy’s Law struck once more, however. After noticing a slight limp one day, we took him back to the vet. We were ready to incorporate him into our pack so we opted to have him combo tested. One hour later, we got the news that Murphy was FIV+. We were so distraught that this sweet, gentle soul we were working so hard to give a fresh start was afflicted with a disease that could make him very ill & deem him unadoptable.
We didn’t question what our next steps would be. We cancelled our search for a forever home for Murphy; he already found it with us! Today, Murphy is a plump, lovable sweetheart that enjoys playing with hair ties over cat toys, giving emotional support to his people when they need it & serenading us when we are in the shower.
We never wavered in our mission to help Murphy despite the adversities along the way. Many doors closed but we moved forward. Sadly, not everyone that finds a stray cat or has trouble caring for their pets have the means or information necessary to do what’s best for them. Too many pets end up surrendered to high-kill shelters or abandoned, like Murphy, because there simply isn’t enough resources & education offered.
Murphy’s story is what lead us to want to change this deficiency and help local pet owners to do what’s best for their pets in an attempt to reduce the alarming numbers of cats & dogs being surrendered & abandoned in our community. Two months after Murphy was rescued, M.O.R.E. for Furry Friends was born!
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