As many in the community know, Singe is our beloved hospital cat who came to us in 2004 as the victim of animal abuse, having been dowsed with lighter fluid and set on fire. She was found by a client and rushed to our hospital in very critical condition. Fortunately, someone thought this pitiful little kitten looked hungry and offered her some food, which she very happily ate; that was her saving grace as we decided to give her a chance as long as we could keep her out of pain! After several surgeries, including a complicated and creative skin graft, and weeks of treatment, she survived – though minus a couple of her nine lives. No one was ever identified or charged for the terrible act of cruelty that brought Singe to us, but we are grateful she came into our lives and our hospital. She is a happy, healthy and loving little celebrity as she helps educate about animal abuse and the wonderful possibilities of veterinary medicine.
Named in her honor, our “Singe Fund” was started with a donation from two of our very generous clients to ensure that the cost of her care would be covered. We chose to instead designate that money to helping cover some of the costs of care for other needy patients at our hospital.
Thanks to the compassion and generosity of so many of our clients, the fund has evolved into an ongoing resource with donations used for cases where there is truly a need for assistance. Sometimes it is used for treatment supplies to care for orphaned kittens or puppies, or an injured pet with no known owner; other times it is used for a complex surgery or treatment when a little financial supplement can make a real difference in the options available for some of our patients and their owners. In each case, our Singe Fund provides another way for us to continue Caring for Pets and their People.