Veterinarian care for cats?

staring catEmails Ryan this morning:

I found an injured stray kitten last night, but it needs medical attention and unfortunately, I cannot afford it. Do you know of any services or organizations that could help me foot the bill (or even a vet that would be willing to offer his/her services for a reduced rate)?
The one thing I'm sure about is that I don't want the kitten to be put down if it has a real chance.

The Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society may be able to point you in the right direction, or at least give you a sense of the options. The number is 434-8128.

Anyone have suggestions for Ryan? We'll expand his question a little bit to include good vets for cats. Please share!

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check out Dr. Stone in North Greenbush...the doc and the office are simply incredible with animals. They care and it shows. I believe they would/could offer a discounted rate to do what you are asking. check them out...(518) 283-2700

Agreed with Mak - My animals only see Dr. Stone at Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital. He's a compassionate, caring vet! He's given me a break in the past - draining a fluid pouch on my rottweiler for free because we couldn't afford the procedure to get it removed. Check him out!

My cat and I both love Drs. Jackie and Melinda at Parkside. 463-0418. The vet techs are great, too. The whole staff is so committed to caring for animals.

I highly caution against Just Cats. I used them for boarding once. My girl was treated very poorly there and was returned to me covered in a week's worth of urine and feces. She was incredibly stressed. The guilt I felt for sending her there was nearly unbearable.

The fostering care system at Mohawk and Hudson Humane Society has a select list of vets in the area that will check on animals free of charge. Maybe call them up, see if you can foster this kitten, and then visit their doc or another on their list?

If you're not going to keep the cat, you should just just put it down, because there are dozens that are put down every week.

Doesn't make sense to get it fixed up only to have it sit in a shelter for a few weeks before being put down anyway.

Aw, it's so sweet of you to want to help. Kudos.

I also go to Bloomingrove Animal Hospital, but we see Dr. Jones as she is a friend. I did see Dr. Stone once though when Dr. Jones was sick and he was super great. However, Albany Jane probably has the best advice. A lot of vets work with shelters to offer discount services to shelters and foster pet "parents." If you agree to foster the cat until it can be adopted elsewhere, I'm sure the Humane Society will hook you up. Let us know how it goes!

I have discovered that Albany Animal Emergency Clinic in Latham will take injured strays. They have to be injured for them to treat them at no cost and keep them. If they are treatable they contact rescue shelters to see if they could take the cat. You could always say you are interested in adopting the kitty (if you are) after he/she is treated.

I would go to Latham Animal Hospital, which has nursed numerous injured and ill animals back to health (including many of the pets in the more notorious abuse cases in recent years). The vets are caring and will work hard to help you find the poor kitten a great home.

Try Sue at 861-6861. Her organization may be able to help you. I found a cat a few years back and she was wonderful.

Thanks for the help everyone. I called around to many of the suggested vets and they were sympathetic and helpful - most of them offered to see the kitten today, but said surgery to treat her injuries could be a few days away. I didn't end up taking their offers due to the cost and the fact that I found a friend of mine who wanted to adopt the kitten.

My friend scheduled an appointment today with her hometown vet in NH, which is great because the kitten won't have to go to a shelter to await its fate (which is probably as grim as hal puts it).

Unfortunately, NH vets cost money too, so I'm still fishing around for charities and/or organizations that might not necessarily treat injured cats (or animals), but would fund raise or make donations to help pay for the vet bill.

I'll keep you all updated. Thanks again.

You may want to contact Whiskers (http://www.ewhiskers.com/) They can likely point you in the right direction and can even help you get him or her adopted because, despite what "hal" says, many kittens and cats do find homes.

We use Guilderland Animal Hospital (Route 20, past town hall):
http://www.gahvets.com/

I have a semi-feral cat that is ridiculously hard to handle; they've been nothing but kind and gentle with him to minimize his stress.

Just popping in to second Parkside. We've taken three cats to them and they have been nothing but wonderful. Sadly, all three cats have had to be put to sleep as they all got very, very sick or old, or both, and somehow the people at Parkside made the experience a little less horrible. They really helped us through the whole process, not to mention worked with us all through our pet's time with us to keep them their healthiest!

Just wanted to say I took my cats to Bloomingrove Vet at the advice of this thread and I could not have been more pleased with the experience. I've never had a vet break down the blood work in so much detail and explain to me what each number meant. It was pretty cool and they're a great group. They even called me this morning to check up on Swat and Jack and see how they were doing after their shots.

Thanks for the help, AOA readers!

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