A non-profit cat rescue and adoption
I am happy to see that you
found your way to my website and I sincerely hope that the information
contained here will be of benefit to you and your cat(s)!
page is a shameless plug for donations to TLC
Adoptions which is a non-profit cat rescue and adoption organization
that I donate my time to. Our focus is the 'street rescue' of
injured and abandoned cats and kittens, some of which are in very bad
shape when they come into our care. (See
pictures below.) As you all know, quality veterinary care is
costly and our adoption fees do not cover our expenses. It
is only through the generosity of others that we are able to continue
In addition to our rescue efforts for these unfortunate homeless cats and kittens, we focus heavily on TNR
(Trap, Neuter, Return) to decrease the numbers of unwanted animals
that would otherwise be born - only to die an early death, or live a
very hard life as a feral cat. (My personal passion is TNR work.)
Our group also helps fund the spaying and neutering of other feral and stray cats that the members
of the community trap, but only when our funds allow.
We are very passionate about
our motto - "If you feed it, fix it!" - but this takes money.
Spaying and neutering surgeries are costly even though we are blessed
to have a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in our area, as well as a
couple of local
veterinarians who generously discount their services to help us with our
Many of you know me from the
various internet groups that I try to help out on during just about
every moment of my free time. I am happy to help in any way I can
and I feel such joy when I hear about a cat's illness improving when
sound nutritional principles are implemented or when someone lets me
know that their cat started using a litter box after the suggestions on
my Litter Box page were put into place.
have benefited from my help online or from the content of this website,
please consider a tax-deductible donation - no matter how small - to
help further TLC Adoptions' rescue efforts. (See address
TLC Adoptions spends your
money wisely and every penny goes toward helping our rescues.
Due to our non-profit status, we are able to obtain some of our food and
litter at discounted prices and, as mentioned above, we are lucky enough
to have a low cost spay and neuter clinic in our area.
Here are some examples of
what your donation will provide for our needy kitties:
$10 will provide relief from
nasty fleas for 10 cats or awful, itchy mange mites for 5 cats.
$20 will feed an adult cat or
2-3 kittens (those little ones eat a lot!) for 1 month.
$45 will provide funds for
the neutering of 1 male cat.
$55 will pay for the spaying
of 1 female cat. One female cat and her offspring have the
potential to produce 420,000 cats in 7 years. Many of these
kittens die miserable deaths, so for every female cat that is spayed,
you can see the tremendous impact that it will have on the prevention of
future suffering of the little ones.
Any donation, no matter how
small, or whether it's a one-time gift or
a regular pledge, will make a huge impact on our ability to
continue our work. Every penny does count!
The following pictures are of
some of our rescued alumni. Please rest assured that even though
some of the pictures are graphic, the suffering that these poor cats and
kittens had endured prior to finding themselves in our care was
alleviated. None of this would have been possible without our
volunteers, donations from kind people, and the incredible talent and
generosity of the veterinarians who discount their fees so that we may
save these little ones and end their suffering.
Sweet and kind Chester was abandoned at the
shelter because his owner did "not want to deal with him and his
problems anymore". He was rescued by a TLC Adoptions
volunteer and as soon as he was put on a high quality diet, his skin problems
found as an 8 week old kitten with a severely traumatized and infected
eye. He was also emaciated and terribly hungry, but even in his
horrific condition, he would purr and head-butt! TLC Adoptions
provided for the necessary surgery to remove his eye, and the
aftercare. He is now living in a wonderful home where he receives
lots of love!
Eddie, Pita and Levi all suffered from a very
painful congenital condition called 'eyelid agenesis' meaning that they were born
without eyelids. This caused their fur to constantly rub on their
cornea (the highly sensitive covering of the eyeball) leaving them in constant
excruciating pain and heading them toward eventual
blindness. Just imagine if you had 100 eyelashes scratching your
cornea 24/7 and you will get a feeling for what these cats had to
endure....and would have had to live with for the rest of their lives if
surgery had not been done to correct it. If left uncorrected, most of them just keep
their eyes closed at all times like Eddie - pre-surgery.
Eddie in severe pain pre-surgery
Eddie - much happier after surgery
Pita and Levi undergoing surgery by Dr. Michael
Smith to correct their eyelid agenesis. Several difficult, and
expensive, surgeries are often needed to correct this condition.
They do not end up with gorgeous eyes after the surgeries, but at least they are out of
Luke, Sam and Spike were found stuffed into a
dog food bag which was inside of a dumpster. They weighed only 14
ounces, were covered in their own feces and were also very close to death.
They are all now in loving homes.
Katie was found, along with her deceased
brother, in a vat of glue. She had a badly injured leg which had
to be amputated. Katie did not miss a beat after her surgery and
gets around just fine on 3 legs! She now lives with 2 other cats
and 2 dogs in a great home.
was a heartbreaking rescue...she was found in very poor condition
nursing 5 kittens. After she was rescued and fed a high quality
diet, she perked up and started gaining weight. She was a great
mother to her kittens but we soon realized that she was still not well.
A blood panel revealed that Monique was in chronic renal failure and she
was humanely put to sleep. It was a blessing that she did not have to
die hungry, cold and unloved.
Jet and Nicholas....nursing broken legs.
Eve was found lying in
a gutter in the middle of a rainstorm. She was emaciated, shivering,
loaded with worms and covered in diarrhea. Eve was also severely injured
and had a badly fractured pelvis (in about 6 pieces) and a paralyzed
rear leg. We were afraid that if she did not regain the use of her leg,
it would have to be amputated. Eve did eventually regain nerve
function to the limb but the hip joint was so badly broken that the top
part of her femur had to be removed. However, Eve does not realize
that she is missing half of a thigh bone as she runs through the house
chasing her housemates in her new home.
formerly known as Trooper, was rescued along with his 15 siblings and
cousins when they were all about 4-5 weeks of age. Tora was
essentially blind at the time of the rescue with one ruptured eye and
the other one glued shut from infection. He probably could not find his
mom to nurse sufficiently....or she may have pushed him away knowing he
was not well. Tora only weighed 8 ounces when his siblings weighed 1
pound. The night that he was rescued, Tora started convulsing and
I went to get the euthanasia solution...but just could not do it.
I really wanted to try to save him but was so overwhelmed with all of
the kittens to care for. But...here he is in his new home...just
hanging out on the couch wondering what all the fuss and worry was about
when he was just a little guy!
evening, while on my way to PetSmart to volunteer for TLC Adoptions, I
saw what I thought was a black rag laying on the sidewalk. I was
on a very busy street and did not dream that it could be a kitten!
I decide to give it another glance as I was driving by and saw the face
of Kai. He was sprawled out on the sidewalk - inches from the
traffic - and he was not moving. When I got Kai home it was
clear that he was severely neurologically impaired as this
video and this
After a few weeks....and a bit of daily physical therapy with a tassle
shows how much he has improved although he does fall down twice at the
end of this movie.
Only time will tell if Kai will regain full
coordination of his rear limbs but the good news is that he has been
adopted into a safe and loving home where his healing will continue.
Dusty was rescued
with is three siblings when they were 5 weeks old. Here are two
pictures of Dusty and his little human, Dylan.
Dylan and Dusty....growing up together.
A little foster
parent with her foster kitten.
These rescued cats and
kittens represent just a few of our success stories. We receive
countless calls each year regarding litters of kittens that need homes
and adult cats that have been abandoned by their owners....people who
have just moved away and left their cats to fend for themselves with no
food or water. Unfortunately, the daily problems that we face as a
rescue group will never end until people become more responsible about
spaying and neutering and caring for their pets, in general. Until
I expect to pass through
this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can do, or any
kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Etienne de Grellet
If you would like to
make a tax-deductible donation to TLC Adoptions via PayPal, the address
If you prefer
snail mail, you may send your donation to:
PO Box 1538
Torrance, CA 90505
Please let us know if you would like a
receipt for your taxes.
All donations, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated!
Updated February 2013
Lisa A. Pierson, DVM