Below are the posts that we made throughout May and June of 2016, with announcements and updates on Millie and Beauty. Click on the images to visit the Facebook post itself and see the many comments. While you’re there, be sure to like our page!
Millie and Beauty's Journey on Facebook
On May 9, 2016, a Good Samaritan brought in two kittens who were injured in a fire in The Jungle (a homeless area just past downtown Seattle). While our veterinarians and support staff cared for the kittens, we posted about the situation on Facebook—and had no idea what would happen next.
The incredible outpouring of support from the community was a wonderful surprise! Our Facebook post was shared more than 70 times, and received more than 700 reactions and comments. Three local news stations—Fox Q13, KIRO 7, and KOMO 5—heard about the kittens and aired stories on them within the first couple of days.
We continued to provide updates on Facebook about the health of the kittens, who we named Millie and Beauty. Many members of the community asked if they could make a donation to help the Good Samaritan with the cost of care. So, we began accepting donations that we put on the Good Samaritan’s account, and we raised enough funds to take X-rays, provide fluids and pain medications, and—perhaps most importantly—take Beauty (who sustained more severe burns and damage than her sister) to burn specialists in Shoreline. The exam showed that the toxicity levels in Beauty’s tiny organs and skin could not be turned around, and she was in more pain than we could treat. On May 16, 2016, we did the most humane thing we could, and that was to end Beauty’s suffering and put her to sleep.
Millie, however, made an incredible recovery and has blossomed into a thriving, beautiful cat. “Millie is wonderfully active, super curious, and very friendly,” says the Good Samaritan, who fostered Millie after her release from the hospital and, in the end, could not part with the sweet kitten and adopted her. “She loves to ride in the car, come to work with me or go visit friends. When she runs through the house, it sounds like an elephant—even though she’s only about 10 pounds. She leaps on her canine brother’s head and thinks she rules the house. Wait … she’s a cat. Yup, she rules the house. When she purrs, it’s loud and strong and includes a little chirping sound. We love her!!”
In Beauty’s honor, we are thrilled to announce the Rainier Animal Fund, a non-profit branch of Rainier Veterinary Hospital that provides veterinary medicine and surgery to homeless or abused dogs and cats. “Many animals are in abusive or hoarding situations, they’re neglected, or they’re put in danger in homeless camps,” explains Debra Nicholson, DVM, owner of Rainier Veterinary Hospital. “The Rainier Animal Fund will be focused on caring for these animals and, eventually, re-homing them to safe, loving environments.”
In the future, we hope to obtain grant money for the Rainier Animal Fund to provide low-cost or free spays and neuters to families in need. “Controlling the pet population through spays and neuters is key to not creating more homeless pets or animals in abuse or neglect situations,” says Dr. Nicholson, who is passionate about non-profit support for animals. Dr. Nicholson started a non-profit in Colorado to help rehabilitate native mammals as well as worked for several years at Best Friends Animal Society, an animal welfare non-profit organization in Utah.
With your donations to the Rainier Animal Fund, we have been able to:
- Provide exceptional care to Millie and Beauty;
- Treat a small dog that was hit by a car and abandoned by his owners at our doorstep; he sustained many fractures to his pelvis and needed surgery; and
- Perform an amputation surgery on Mocha, who was attacked by a much larger dog in a homeless encampment.
And with your continued support, we will be able to treat many more animals in the Seattle area. Thank you so much for your generosity, your genuine care for animals, and your thoughtfulness. Not only do we appreciate it, but the animals do too.