If I hadn’t gotten to Powell when I did, I honestly don't believe he would have made it another day.
I found Powell with more than 80 other cats in a hoarder’s Wyoming basement. He was a tiny, undernourished kitten, suffering from an upper respiratory infection. His breathing was labored and his eyes were nearly swollen shut.
I rushed him to a temporary rescue shelter we’d set up nearby, and the other volunteers from The Humane Society of the United States were able to take swift action to attend to his immediate medical needs. A few days later, I drove him north to Billings Animal Rescue Kare in Montana, where the wonderful vets and volunteers there were able to nurse him back to full health.
Powell's a true survivor -- now, he’s a playful, happy kitten, and he’ll soon be on his way to a forever home. But there are thousands more animals like Powell just waiting to be rescued. That’s why The HSUS is doing something BIG: We’re hoping to raise $1.2 million online by December 31 for our 2011 Animal Survivors Fund.
It’s ambitious -- but so are our plans for saving animals next year. We'll not only continue to help rescue cats and kittens from hoarding situations, but we'll also take on the other individuals and industries that profit from animal suffering -- from people who club baby seals to death, to those who confine animals in factory farms, to those who cruelly pit dog against dog in dogfighting rings.
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