AAS immediately put the kind person who wrote us in touch with one of AAS's rescue colleagues near Mission BC who will get her a tender-trap so that the sick cat can be taken to a vet for treatment.  AAS will pay the vet bills for the cat while the kind person will feed it and keep an eye on its health.

Hi AAS, I'm wondering if you can help me out with some information. I am living in Mission B.C. and have been feeding two stray cats for approximately one month. I noticed the first cat almost a year ago walking around the neighbourhood and looking very skinny. It would sit near the driveway but would not come close. There is a rental house four doors down from me and a lot of people have come and gone from there in the last year. It is possible that the cat or cats once lived there. The cat that I'm concerned about showed up on my back porch Last month looking very lethargic, dirty and very skinny. I made it a bed and started feeding it. It comes at dinner time for food then returns late at night sleeps in its bed, has breakfast and leaves. When I first saw it I noticed it has one eye that does not glow in the light at night I'm assuming it has no use of this eye. It now sits close to the door for its food to be put out and I have been able to get a closer look at its face. The jaw and nose look like they have been squished, and on that side of its face it looks swollen. A couple of days ago I noticed pus coming from that side of its face. if you zoom in on the second picture it looks like the nose is leaking too. When it eats it sounds like its gurgling and having a bit of trouble breathing. I can not seem to find anyone in Mission for direction as what to do with this cat. I'm wondering if there is a vet or rescue center to help. I can not get close to this cat as he is still scared and hisses if I extend my hand towards him. I am also wondering if I can give him amoxicillin to help a little until I can find help, as I can not afford a vet but do not want to see this poor cat suffer. Thanks for any direction you can give me.

We're an animal rescue, humane, and advocacy society.  Animal Advocates Society assists in animal rescue in BC and all over North America.  We have helped dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and horses.

There has been such a flood of appeals for help this year that we may not be able to reply very quickly or at all to more appeals.

AAS is now so well-known for its high standards and experience in all animal welfare and rescue matters that we are asked for advice and help from all over BC, Canada, the U.S. and the world.  For years I have answered each and every appeal with detailed advice that I have learned from 20 years of rescue, advocacy and animal law.

We are currently working on so many projects that I am sorry to have to say that we may not be able to respond to all the cries for help we hear as quickly as we want to. AAS ethical standards are simple and straightforward, but a lot of work: Every rescued dog is given the exact same love and care that I give my own dogs.  Anything less can't be morally justified.  To weigh the costs, to kill, or to rehome without paying to make the dog well in body and spirit is not true animal welfare: it's moving as much product as fast as possible and to demand money for unwell product is a business, not a calling.

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