Medical Expenses Prompt Old Town Animal Shelter to Crowdfund 

You may remember the story of the Christmas Miracle cat out of Old Town. He was found frozen in hay on the ground next to a manger scene. The gentleman who rescued him thought he was dead. As he pryed the cat out of the ground with a shovel and was placing him in a trash receptacle, he heard a faint meow! The man brought the young cat to the Old Town Animal Orphanage and the worker took him immediately to Timberland Animal Hospital to be treated. Thanks to Dr. Miller and the other employees at Timberland, he was given a second chance at life.

JOC (named for a character in the movie Frozen) was revived twice after his heart stopped and his body temp was so low that it wouldn’t register on the thermometer. JOC was also covered in fleas which caused several problems due to blood loss from the bites. He had open wounds on his legs and body, the tips of both ears had to be removed because of frostbite and he was severely emaciated. This is just to name a few of the hurdles for this young cat.

Dr. Miller has taken JOC under her wing and taken him home at night and during the holidays in an incubator so she could monitor his progress. He was so close to death, even though he still has a long road, thanks to the efforts of everyone involved, he is doing well in his recovery.

Additionally, some dogs came into the Old Town Animal Orphanage by way of the police department. They were all confiscated from meth labs. All needed extensive medical care including dental, biopsies and tumor removal. One of the dogs had a tooth abscess that connected to an open abscess in his face. It was so large that it had to be treated surgically, will take weeks to heal, and likely would have resulted in death had it not been treated. All three of the dogs had tumors that needed to be cared for and thankfully none of them were cancerous and all are successfully healing.

With the care of Dr. Miller and the staff at Timberland, all of these animals are thriving. However, none of these happy endings come without a price tag. Even with discounted fees that we receive from Timberland, the Old Town Animal Orphanage is looking at projected costs upwards of $5,000.

That’s why the shelter has started

The Old Town Animal Orphanage is a no kill shelter and their mission is to give all the animals in our care the best medical treatment and personal attention needed. “The Jonni Fund” is used for animals who need “special” medical care. Unfortunately, the fund doesn’t have that amount of money in it. The Old Town Animal Orphanage has never used “crowdfunding” before but feel that this situation calls for it, according to their executive director, Bobbi Fowler Any funds raised, above what is needed for the current high needs cases will remain in “The Jonni Fund” for future use.

Donations can also be sent directly to:

The Animal Orphanage
P.O. Box 565
Orono, ME 04473
Attention: Miracle Workers

This is the start of the Old Town Animal Orphanage’s 26th year rescuing stray and abandoned animals, and in all these years, this is the first time the shelter has asked for help with medical