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Athena, a feral kitten who lost her leg.

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Hello ,

You and other members of the Stray Paws Animal Haven community are the reason I can even write this blog.

Because of individual support from folks like you, we were able to launch our mobile medical unit - the Spay Shuttle.

Cats like Athena, named for her bravery, would thank you personally if she could. Her story serves as an eye-opener to the harsh realities that feral cats face on our streets.

Athena’s leg was lacerated by the car engine she had found for security and sleep.

Street cat overpopulation makes it nearly impossible for rescues and shelters to accommodate every animal that needs care.

In Athena's case, had she been taken to a shelter, she would likely have been euthanized.

Fortunately, Stray Paws Animal Haven, with a grant from the Orphan Kitten Club MightyCat Medical Program, provided the medical resources that saved her life. And let’s not forget the compassionate person who found her and the volunteer foster. We have so much gratitude for all.

Athena embodies Stray Paws' mission of TNR (trap/neuter/return), the most effective and humane method to curb a feral cat population. TNR significantly reduces the number of cats in shelters and rescues who need more intensive care.

The Spay Shuttle has expanded our capacity tremendously. However, we realize to prevent situations like Athena’s from happening in the first place, we will need another mobile unit.

Our goal this year is to add a second unit, Spay Shuttle 2.0, to not only help feral cats but also to support our community with free and low cost medical care.

You’ll be hearing more about this exciting campaign in upcoming blogs so stay tuned!

Thank you again for having our back as our team works to help kitties like brave little Athena.


Joe Federico

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Stray Paws Animal Haven

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