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Review for Feral Paws Rescue Group, Fresno, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I truly believe Feral Paws rescue to be one of the most (if not THE most) amazing rescues I have ever been involved with. Located in the Central Valley of California, a place that has one of the highest rates of animal cruelty and feline euthanasia in the U.S., Paula Hunsaker and the Feral Paws team are doing what no other rescue team in Central California is doing: pulling as many cats from death row at CCSPCA and other high-kill animal "shelters" as they possibly can, properly vetting and socializing them, and then adopting them to loving families. As one of only two exclusively feline rescues in the Central Valley, Feral Paws is pioneering ground-breaking work in rehabilitating feral cats; a subsect of the feline population that most other shelters and rescues won't even touch with a ten foot pole. Feral Paws has implemented a brilliant program with her senior cats, called Seniors to Seniors, in which senior cats go to live and/or socialize regularly with senior citizens who are convalescing within retirement communities. The human and feline community here in Fresno is greatly benefiting from this innovative therapeutic activity. Many other brilliant ideas like this are just waiting to be implemented, but Feral Paws needs the financial support and public recognition in order to do so. I have my own personal experience with Paula Hunsaker and Feral Paws that I will never forget. Almost a year ago, I adopted a cat named Marble through Feral Paws rescue. He was a cat who had been starved and mutilated and then left to die at CCSPCA. Paula and her team saw him and rescued him from death row, where he had been lying in a cage in agonizing pain, untreated for his injuries, which were festering and infected. After having to amputate his tail, neuter him, and treat him for URI, Marble was deemed ready for adoption. After seeing him and learning of his past, I knew I had to bring him home and call him family. Within one week of adoption and stay within my home, Marble had developed another URI, accompanied by UTI and he was unable to pass stool. Terrified for his health, I called Paula and let her know what was going on with Marble. Even though Marble was no longer her responsibility, she immediately contacted her rescue vet and personally came with me to have Marble seen, X-rayed, and treated for a barage of health issues. Knowing my financial situation was dire (as I am a single mother and a student), Paula and Feral Paws rescue even covered all veterinary expenses, even though her rescue has meager financial support. Paula and the Feral Paws team went above and beyond what would be expected of any rescue and saved my sweet Marble's life, even though doing so was no longer their responsibility. Paula and Feral Paws rescue go beyond duty and obligation; they are a team truly passionate about and devoted to the health and well-being of their cats. These cats are family and Feral Paws continues to love them as such even after their being adopted. This is truly remarkable and rare. Once in a while you may hear stories of a dog rescue going above and beyond the call of duty (as there are SO many dog rescues around and such stories find more ease of circulation), but rescues that are devoted to cats are very rare and even moreso the ones devoted to feral cats and stories such as these don't often get to be told (or heard). If Feral Paws had the funding necessary for a larger facility and more vet costs, I know Paula and her devoted team would rescue every cat they could find! I wish there were more rescues like Feral Paws rescue- we desperately need them. Words cannot express how amazing I think they are, how loved these cats are, and how grateful I am that my Marble's life was saved by their love, devotion, and prompt action. I have included a picture of the life Feral Paws saved- my handsome, sweet, mellow, and loyal Marble :)

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