By Krystle Henderson/KTVL.com
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - A local animal shelter won cash from a national contest and the money is already being put to good use.
A cat and her newborn kittens are alive thanks to the winnings.
The Rogue Valley Humane Society won $1,000 from Petfinder thanks to all of your votes.
"So excited just to know that people are taking the time to click and
vote for us, it means the world to us because we work so hard for the
animals and just the community's support, it means a lot," Margaret Varner with the RVHS said.
The money came just in time. A cat named Cindy arrived at the shelter with a litter of kittens and a prolapsed uterus, which means her uterus was hanging out.
She immediately had to have surgery and her babies also needed major medical attention.
Thanks to the extra cash and the shelter's quick action, Cindy and her kittens were saved.
"It absolutely saved their lives," Varner said. "Our standards of care here at the Humane Society, they're pretty high, we don't necessarily turn away those tough cases and so contests like this enable us to continue our standards of care."
Next, the kittens have to continue treatment, vaccinations and be spayed and neutered. Then, Cindy and her babies will be ready to find a new home.
This is the second time the Humane Society won the Petfinder contest for the region.
The non-profit is run solely on donations. Volunteers are hoping to bring in more money to help its homeless animals at its 3rd annual Haunted Barn at 429 NW Scenic Dr. in Grants Pass on Oct. 26 and 27 from 7 to 10 p.m.
For more information, call (541) 479-5154 or click here.