All of our adoptable cats and dogs come into our care with a special story. Some stories are more incredible than others and some cats and dogs need more support - medically, emotionally, and financially - than others. A few of their stories are featured here.
To help support our adoptable cats and dogs in general, or any of our featured pets specifically, click on the link below. And we thank you.
We need your help!
We have drained our finances paying for these kittens to survive. They all did! Please donate to help us continue paying for the vetting of these kittens and the next to come.
Donations can be made several ways:
2. Via check (Addressed to Precious Pets Almost Home, PO BOX 411855, Chicago IL 60641)
3. Directly to our vet (Animal Care Center Chicago 312-243-6655)
One month ago, we rescued a feline family named Julie and the Juveniles
from Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC). This sweet family
consisted of a mom and five adorable kittens. Before placing a hold for
this family, we were told that they looked healthy and the hope was that
they would be pulled before any illness set in. Within a couple of days
we rescued this little family and took them immediately to the vet. At
that time, they were already sick with what appeared to be URI (upper
respiratory infection). The entire family had conjunctivitis (goopy,
crusty eyes) and congestion. The doctor prescribed eye ointment and
From the vet, they were nestled safely into a cozy
foster home. Their foster mom lovingly named them Cormia (mom), Shaunee,
Qhuinn, Nyx, Kalona, and Shekinah - after her favorite vampire book
series. Their dedicated foster mom began administering oral antibiotics
and eye meds to the mama cat and all kittens multiple times a day. One
week later, Kalona was not responding to the antibiotics. To be safe,
their foster mom took the entire family back to the vet for a check-up.
Kalona was prescribed a stronger antibiotic. Mama was not responding to
the eye meds so she was placed on a new medication, also.
week passed and Kalona still was not responding. In fact, he seemed to
be regressing, more lethargic than ever. Upon arrival at the vet, the
doctor noted that he had a fever and was dehydrated. At that time, the
vet suspected that he was suffering from panleukopenia (panleuk, a
deadly parvo virus) and tested him for this highly fatal disease. He was
positive. A cat that was already in the vet (from a different rescue)
had just passed from panleuk, which left a cage open for Kalona to be
hospitalized. He ended up being hospitalized for 8 days, at over $100
per day. Shortly after arriving at the vet, a litter mate was also
hospitalized for panleuk. He was able to leave after four days.
Typically, the survival rate for kittens with panleuk is very low.
Miraculously, Cormia and her entire family is on the mend and expected
to make a full recovery. At this point, with all of the medications and
hospitalizations, we owe the vet over $2,000.00 for the treatment of
At this point, we believe that Cormia's family
has beaten Panleuk, but they still require a lot of medical care. In one
more week, we will need to retest all six cats for panleuk. If even one
tests positive, we have to have them all retested again in two more
weeks. Then they all need to be neutered, microchipped, de-wormed and
vaccinated for rabies and distemper. The total cost for all of this
testing and routine vetting will run us at least $1,000.00.
addition to medical expenses, we also have to cover daily care expenses.
This family was old enough to be neutered and adopted when they were
rescued four weeks ago. Due to their illness, they will stay at least
six weeks longer in a foster home than expected. A longer stay in a
foster home means a much higher food and litter bill.
each year is for about 30% of the cats in our care to be rescued from
CACC. With this bill, and several other recent hits to our budget, we
will not make this life-saving goal without your help. Please help us
achieve our goal by contributing to the care of Cormia and her family.
Donations can be made several ways:
2. Via check (Addressed to Precious Pets Almost Home, PO BOX 411855, Chicago IL 60641)
3. Directly to our vet (Animal Care Center Chicago 312-243-6655)
We cannot continue to rescue vulnerable families and orphan kittens like these without your help. Please donate today.
We need your help!
Foster or Sponsor Kittens.
Rescue emergencies never stop. In the midst of promoting our first-ever Brew
Party at Revolution Brewing, and within 48 hours of the actual event, we are
presented with two urgent situations.
a mom cat and 4 newborn kittens were dumped in a box in front of a local pet
supply store. When a patron brought in the box, he opened it up and the mom cat
fled to the recesses of the store. Our dedicated volunteers were on the scene
all day until they finally trapped the mom cat. She was then taken to a foster
home and reunited with her kittens. Thankfully, with a lot of support from the
foster mom, the mom cat is now nursing and we’re holding our breath for a good
outcome. Then this morning, an identical box was dumped at the same
store. This box was filled with 6 kittens. Two older ones and four tiny ones.
The other ones are obviously sick and will be taken directly to the vet. Due to
the medical condition of the older kittens, and the age of the younger ones, if
this box of kittens was dumped at an open admission shelter, they would likely
be put down. We will not let that happen. They are on their way to the vet
right now. This is where you come in. Please help us by directly
helping these kittens. You can do so by donating kitten food, formula, and
other supplies from our Amazon wish list. You can also help by sponsoring the kittens’ vet bills via
cash donation through Payal or check. We cannot continue to rescue vulnerable
families and orphan kittens like these without your help. Please donate today.
-Story posted September 2016
We need your help!
Adopt or Sponsor Maddie.
April, 2016. We
rescued Maddie from Chicago Animal Control at the end of March. She
was noted to be 9-years-old. She has a greyed muzzle, and spends most of
the day relaxing (on your lap if she could) but picks up the pace when
it's time to go for a jog around the block. Maddie asks to go outside
to relieve herself. Walks very easily on a leash. She is excited to see
other dogs, but hasn't had the chance to meet new dogs since she's on a
2-week quarantine after leaving Animal Control.
Maddie is a kind, gentle dog, but any dog can benefit from some
training which will make a happier pet parent and a happier pet. They
say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. However, despite her
age, Maddie is very smart and trainable. To make her transition to a
new home as smooth as possible, we're offering a free, in-home, behavior
evaluation and training course with a follow-up training plan. This is
a $100 value.
After a visit to
the vet and a good bath, Maddie settled in and felt safe and sound in
her foster home. At the vet, she was completely vaccinated, heartworm
tested negative and was prescribed antibiotics for "kennel cough" and
for a prophylactic treatment before she gets a dental next week. One week later, her cough is almost gone and she will be ready for a dental next week.
dental situation was bad! That's why we got her in for a
cleaning and extractions as soon as possible. We think her
teeth were causing her discomfort and this is why she was reluctant to
eat dry food (although she's eager to eat any wet food, cheese, veggie
dogs, and any other way we get her to eat her pills). Senior animals
require a lot more medical then a young animal to prepare them for
adoption. Dental costs alone for a senior dog who likely has never had
her teeth cleaned will run several hundred dollars not including the
other medical services already rendered. Regardless, we will ensure
that Maddie is healthy and comfortable before heading to her forever
home (which can be any time after her dental).
going for walks and soaking up the sun. She can't wait for springtime
so she can lay on the grass and feel the warm sun rays on her coat.
Maddie is very nice, low key, and unfazed by kids, other dogs, people. INQUIRE,APPLY, DONATE, today.
DON'T FORGET TO SHARE MADDIE'S STORY WITH ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS.
POST HER STORY ON FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, ANYTHING YOU CAN THINK
OF TO FIND HER A HOME.
NEWBORNS!!! It's kitten season. Our first newborn litter is here with their mom, Charlize. The kittens are about a week old now. These five kittens will be chowing down soon. Please show them some love by sending a bag of Royal Canin Baby Cat from our Amazon wish list.
Look at that face! Hard to resist, isn't it? That's how we
felt when we saw Max's photo from Animal Control, so much so that we
just had to rescue him. Max had been left at the pound by his family,
with his toys. Why? We don't know. He was devastated by being left
there and, while sitting in his cage waiting for someone to choose him,
he picked up an upper respiratory infection AND pneumonia! Being
abandoned like that is very hard on animals who are used to the comforts
of a home. Just like with humans, stress suppresses their immune
After rescuing him, we found out just how sick Max was. He
spent almost a week hospitalized at our vet's office and, even after he
was "clinically" better, Max was so traumatized that he he refused to
eat, which is not uncommon in cats in Max's situation. Before he could
go to his foster home, Max had to have a feeding tube inserted in his
neck so that he didn't starve to death. During the next three months,
in addition to supplying nutrition through his tube, we also had to take
him for vet visits every two weeks to track his progress. Although he
was slowly getting better, his tube was removed a few weeks ago as the
skin around the insertion site had become infected. This guy just can't
catch a break!!
Once his tube was out, it was necessary to monitor his wound
every week with a trip to the vet--and to visit his foster home once a
day to give him some tummy medicine, hoping that would be the key to
finally getting him to eat again. So far, it's working and Max is
eating and gaining weight. Our next step is to get him to eat without
one of our volunteers having to give him medication every day! It's been
a long, hard road for Max but we're headed in the right direction.
Take another look at these photos. They say a picture is
worth a thousand words. That's also true for Max--and it's worth a
thousand(+) dollars in medical bills. Please donate to PPAH to help Max
get well, and find his forever home. Your donations will also help us
to continue our rescue efforts in this new year and provide all of the
medical care needed for any pet we rescue from the pound or any other
situation. Read on to learn about other recent PPAH rescues and upcoming
3.15.16 Update. Max was adopted!
Continue reading for more details on Max's rescue:
Recent Rescues from Chicago Animal Care and Control
We like to highlight recent rescues so
that you, our supporters, can see where our resources are spent (of
course, we also hope that you fall in love with one of our featured
pets, as we have, and decide that you can't live without him and/or
As you may know, a significant percentage of the cats
(and dogs) in our rescue come from CACC, many of which are only days (or
hours) away from euthanasia. We rescue from CACC because certain cats
and dogs hit a chord with our volunteers or potential fosters from the
general public that then become PPAH fosters. We rescue from CACC
because we love to give animals a chance that otherwise wouldn’t have
one. These animals have proven, time and again, to facilitate some of
our best “love at first sight” moments with adopters (and with good
reason!). We also rescue from CACC to do our small part to help reduce
the euthanasia rate in Chicago. Read on to learn more about Max and the
Grape Nuts family, two recent CACC rescues we’d like to highlight.
Precious Pets Almost Home pulled this gentle giant of a cat
from Chicago Animal Care and Control on October 10th. Max was devastated
that he lost his family and his home! We pulled him within a few days
of being at CACC hoping that he did not contact a contagious disease. He
was eating well at first, but then stopped eating only a few days after
coming home. A few days later we began giving him much needed fluids,
antibiotics, pepcid and appetite stimulator, but he still would not eat.
Max was then transported to the vet for hospitalization and intensive
During this visit, Max had to remain in intensive care
because of an unrelenting high fever and lack of appetite. After
returning to his foster home for a few days, he was hospitalized again.
Max's hospital stay was $100.00 a day and in total he has spent more
than a week there. At his first recheck, Max had to stay on his three
antibiotics still due to the lingering pneumonia. With the surgery to
implant his feeding tube, we have incurred over $1,000.00 in vet bills
for Max alone. Today, Max is improving and we can’t wait until he is
strong enough to find his forever family. If you think that could be
you, email today for more information.
Grape Nuts Family
the same time we pulled Max, we pulled a family called the Grape Nuts -
a mom and five kittens. After rescue from CACC, the Grape Nuts crew
also needed extensive medical care. Days after arriving at their foster
home, this adorable family was diagnosed with panleuk.
(Grape Nuts at CACC)
mom and several kittens spent time in the ICU at the vet receiving
around-the-clock care like Max (also at $100/day/cat). Three kittens
have since succumbed to the virus. The mom, the orange tabby kitten,
and the black kitten are still alive. Although it is still touch and go
for the orange tabby, he is back in his loving foster home. He’s
eating and in good spirits. We do expect a good outcome for the three
survivors of this family.
(Grape Nuts - Mom and 3 kittens) With a heavy heart, Precious Pet Almost Home had to make the
difficult decision to suspend from pulling animals from CACC until we
can cover the medical bills for Max's and the Grape Nuts’ medical bills.
If you can help us to be able to pull and save more homeless cats from
CACC please donate. If you can sponsor one a full day of care at $100,
half a day at $50 or even one hour of ICU care at around $5, please
donate today. You can donate via paypal on our website or by sending a check to: PO Box 411855, Chicago IL 60614.
Precious Pets Almost Home, we are often asked where our cat and doges "come from". The truth is, we rescue cats (and dogs) from diverse
situations. Here are a few examples of how our Precious Pets come into our rescue.
We rescued Donnie from CACC. Donnie is a sweet, fluffy
boy. Senior, overweight, and matted, Donnie was left at the pound by his previous owner. Donnie's medium length white coat has lots of grey splotches and has grown back thick and full after his mats were shaved off.
Donnie has been adopted!
rescued a pregnant Patty from CACC also. Patty is a young, pretty,
female Lynx Point Siamese cat. From her foster mom "Patty may take a
little time to warm up to you, but once she does she is a talkative and
cuddly cat. She loves sitting on your lap and sleeping with or on top
of you (and taking over your pillow). She also loves to play." Patti's fur has grown in long and luxurious since being adopted and pampered by her new family.
is somewhat of a neighborhood relinquishment. Gani is a 2-year-old
male DSH tabby. He has a beautiful striped coat with white chest and
boots. Gani was a stray cat taken care of by a few neighbors for over a
year. When the neighbors started to move away, the ones that remained
started to look for a permanent home for this boy. Luckily, when they
called us we happened to have room for a new admission. Gani has been adopted and is flourishing in his new home!
Blue Man is on the Mend
Blue Man is a young, male,
DLH. He has a beautiful, fluffy
all-gray coat. When we rescued him
from Animal Control at the beginning of April we knew he had a pretty bad
infection in both eyes. He was
given injectable antibiotics to help prevent a systemic infection as well as
antibiotic eye drops to clear up the infection in his eyes. After about a week on the eye
drops, the infection started to clear up, but a new problem presented itself –
his bottom eyelashes were rolling up into his eyeballs causing constant
scratching, irritation, and eye infections. This condition is called entropian.
is a medical
condition in which the eyelid
(usually the lower lid) folds inward. It is very uncomfortable, as the eyelashes constantly rub
against the cornea
and irritate it. Entropion is usually caused by genetic factors. Entropion can also create secondary
pain of the eye
(leading to self trauma, scarring of the eyelid, or nerve damage). The upper or
lower eyelid can be involved, and one or both eyes may be affected.” In Blue Man’s case, only the lower lids
are involved, but both eyes are effected.
As soon as
his condition was diagnosed, we scheduled the surgery to remedy it. There was no way we were going to make
this sweet kitty sit in pain any longer.
Within 24 hours of his surgery, Blue Man seemed like a different cat. He was more curious and began venturing
out more from his room. He sought
attention much more than before the surgery. Even though he had stitches around both eyes, he was feeling
better than maybe he ever had before.
We expect Blue Man to make a full recovery and be ready for adoption in
a couple of weeks.
meantime, we are reaching out to you to ask for assistance with Blue Man’s
medical bills. We know that we
have to prepare for anything when we pull an animal from CACC, but having
expected a simple URI, we were a little thrown off when Blue Man needed
double-eye surgery. Blue Man’s
medical bills are already over $600.00.
This is before his recheck and any other possible complications. Please help Blue Man and PPAH by
Help Minnie Heal
Minnie escaped death at the last minute when
Precious Pets Almost Home pulled her from Animal Control. Ideally, she
would have been adopted by now, but that hasn't happened. In the
meantime, Minnie developed 13 masses on her body which needed to be
removed quickly. As a rescue group, we took Minnie in order to save her
from euthanasia. Because rescue goes beyond the basics, such as
vaccines, spay/neuter, etc., now we have had to save her from cancer,
In Minnie's case, her surgery needed to be done quickly as
some of the masses were fast-growing. Thankfully, Minnie's surgery was
successful and she's on the road to recovery. She got the best of
post-surgery care in her foster home and suffered no pain. In fact, she
had to be discouraged from running and jumping in the back yard. The
biopsy results showed that the margins on Minnie's tumors were clear,
making this a truly life-saving procedure.
Now comes the bad
part: her bills have come in and they need to be paid. The combined
cost of her surgeries and follow-up care totals more than $1,100.
Please help us by making a donation for Minnie's care. Click here to donate on her GoFundMe page.
All of us at PPAH
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015
We at Precious Pets Almost Home would like to kick off the New Year by
thanking all of you for your support. We are a very small rescue group
run by a core group of volunteers. In 2014, this little group was able
to rescue 72 cats and 3 dogs. And we were able to connect 73 cats and 2
dogs with their forever families! We are very proud of these numbers and
hope that you as our supporters are, too. Support comes in many ways:
volunteering with the cats at one of our adoption centers, assisting our
volunteer team at adoption and fundraising events, sharing photos of
the profiles of our cats and dogs with people who you think may be
interested, or donating cash and other necessary items that our pets
need in order to live comfortable, healthy lives either in an adoption
center or in foster care. We have said it before, and we will say it
again, we would not be able to rescue or re-home as many pets as we do
without all of you.
In light of this New Year, in 2015, we would
like to surpass our 2014 rescue and adoption numbers. In order to
rescue more animals and provide proper vet care for all of them, we need
to have adequate funds in the bank. Help us kick start the 2015
rescues by donating today! To do so, CLICK HERE
Thank you again for your donations and for all of your support in any way you can give it.
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Conan has been waiting a couple of YEARS for his forever family because he bears the scarlet letters FIV. Conan is a big, loving, orange tabby and deserves his forever home before he's ready for a retirement home.
Who is willing to give an FIV+ guy a chance? FIV+ and FIV- cats can live together in a household just fine. FIV is transmitted only to other cats and only through the exchange of bodily fluids. If the household cats don't draw blood from each other and are all spayed or neutered then the virus won't be transferred. FIV+ cats can live long, healthy lives when they are living in a healthy, loving environment.
Conan is one of our few FIV+ cats. We don't want to put him in the adoption center at PetSmart because it usually takes so long for FIV+ cats to be adopted. However, he doesn't get much exposure in his foster home. Please share Conan's pictures with anyone you know who loves big orange love bugs or may be interested in an FIV+ cat. Conan is very low key and gets along with everyone, even dogs. He's now about 5 years old.
PLAID, TWEED, LIL'RED AND FIRECRACKER
In February of 2013, we rescued a litter of five baby kittens from Animal Control. It seemed like they could eat on their own, since there were bowls of dry and canned food in their cage. However, we discovered in short order that they could not eat on their own and had to be syringe-fed for several weeks before they were weaned and eating solid food. This litter is now 1 1/2 years old. Only Curly Sue has been adopted. Plaid, Tweed, Lil'Red and Firecracker are still in
need of a furrever home. Sweet, gentle,
beautiful—but still waiting.
They’re usually at Petsmart two at a time because they are so bonded
that we’ve been trying to get them adopted together. However, as difficult as
it might be, we’re considering splitting them up to possibly speed up their
adoption. Their foster mom says
they’re perfect cats: loving
towards people, playful with other cats, and entertaining to watch and play
with. We're featuring the story of these four kitties in hopes that this effort will be the one to get them their forever homes, either together or with resident cats to play with.
Tweed is the female tortie, Plaid is the female torbie (tortie and tabby), Red is the orange tabby, and Firecracker is the orange tabby with white. All of these kitties rotate in and out of the same foster home so they know each other very well. If you are open to adopting a pair, but would like a male/female pair, that would be fine! Submit your application today!!
NELLIE AND NORAH WERE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE BUT CAN MAKE IT WITH YOUR HELP!
Some of you may remember Nellie and
Norah, the 6 year-old sisters who were pulled from Animal Control in the nick
of time back in February. Unfortunately what we thought would be a short
stay after a little TLC and basic medical care turned into a very difficult
ordeal for both these sweet girls.
A few days after arriving at her
foster home, Nellie became very sick. We soon discovered that in addition to a
severe URI she also had polycystic, (but thankfully benign) tumors on her
ovaries and uterus. Emergency surgery was needed.
combination of illnesses it was a lot for her immune system to take on, and
although the surgery was successful her URI quickly turned into pneumonia along
with a refusal to eat on her own. Weeks later when her fever finally
broke we took her home in the hope that her appetite would came back and she
would finally start eating on her own. It took a lot of love and coaxing
and frankly there were times when we thought we'd have to resort to putting her
on a feeding tube, but she finally came around and today is eating as if the
whole ordeal never happened!
Throughout all of this Nellie has
been incredibly patient and affectionate, and seems to really like her foster
siblings. Her energy has increase exponentially and it's not uncommon to see
her running around the house, playing with our 6-month-old kitten, or her
favorite toy; a small plush ice cream cone she appropriated from our 5 year-old
human child. We are so relieved that she's made a full recovery and it gives us
a lot of hope for Norah.
is similar to her sister’s in that she also came down with a serious URI after
her arrival. She was clearly feeling terrible as she immediately ran and
hid under anything she could, but when we finally coaxed her out of hiding we
knew she needed immediate medical attention. Her condition required that she
stay at the vet until she improved, but like Nellie her URI had turned to
pneumonia and she was horribly congested, feverish, and of course miserable.
of medication and a 2+ week hospital stay later, Norah's fever finally broke,
but she was still not eating on her own and rapidly losing weight. As she
wasn't taking kindly to force-feeding the only option if she was going to
survive was to have a feeding tube surgically inserted. As of this writing, Norah
has been home from the hospital for just over a week now. Her
tube-feedings are going well but so far she has shown little interest in eating
on her own. (Our vet expects that she will need the feeding tube for at least
one month.) We anticipate that it will be a challenge to get Norah to remember
how to eat real food, but given our success with Nellie, we are optimistic.
Now that Norah
is settled and out of a hospital cage her true temperament is shining through.
She can be a little shy at first, but once the opportunity for jumping on
a lap and staying there as long as possible presents itself, she is there,
waiting to be petted. What is even sweeter is her tendency to "give
hugs" when she puts both her paws around your neck in an attempt to get
whoever's lap she is on to pet her even more. She genuinely seems to like being
held and carried around like a baby sometimes! She has turned out to be a real
sweetheart and we're are hoping that as she becomes more comfortable in her
foster home her appetite and passion for eating will return.
The current vet bill for these sweet girls is over $4,500. So far we have raised $1,500 but that leaves us with $3,000 to pay. If we don't pay the vet by April 15th, we cannot take in any other fosters for care. We will, of course pay this bill so we can continue treating our cats and dogs in need, but this will wipe out our current checking account. Please help us raise the remaining $3,000 dollars to cover the cost for these sweet girls and position them to move on to their forever homes after such a tough journey.
ERNIE IS RAISING FUNDS FOR HIS GLAUCOMA SURGERY
Ernie, a sweet, mellow black cat, is facing surgery for glaucoma. The doctors at EyeCare for Animals estimate that the cost of the surgery, WITH our rescue discount, will be $3,500 -not an amount we have tucked away under a mattress! Ernie has been in foster care for nine months being treated with twice-daily eye drop, in the hopes that his condition will resolve. The vet said she's seen it happen ONCE OR TWICE in her career.Those aren't good odds, but Ernie is such a sweet cat, we didn't mind doing whatever it takes to see what would evolve. Ernie - looking for a forever home and raising money for his glaucoma surgery in the meantime. He did a GREAT job this weekend raking in the donations at the Family Pet Expo, but is yet to find his new family. If you would like to adopt Ernie or donate to his cause, visit our website www.preciouspetsalmosthome.org for more details. 3.15.2013
Ernie visits the specialist regularly in hopes that his situation will resolve with the drops, but this is doubtful. We will not just sit back and watch him go blind, so somehow we will provide the funds. This is not a life-threatening condition, but we want Ernie to be as healthy as possible when we find him his forever home. We really love him and know his forever family will, too!
When these two boys were at the Arlington Pet Expo on Friday with their mom, they stopped by our booth and felt a real connection to Ernie. The were so moved by Ernies' sweet, soulful eyes and easy demeanor and were compelled to help him reach his goal of $3,500 for his glaucoma surgery. On Saturday, they returned to our booth, and confidently handed over a heavy grocery bag filled with the contents of their piggy bank. They had gone home Friday night and begged their mom to bring them back then next day and let them donate the entire contents of their piggy banks!!! We were so moved by this level of compassion in such little guys, it was hard to hold back the tears. Thank you boys!