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Fred, Mascot for Kitties for Kids Has Passed Away

Our beloved, Fred, mascot of Kitties for Kids, died after a long struggle, with what initially was an unknown illness. After months of tests and treatments it was determined that Fred probably had Feline Infectious Peritonitis, which is a fatal disease caused by a spontaneous mutation of the corona virus. FIP is only determined after ruling out everything else because there are no tests for it, which is why we needed so much funding to search for a way to help Fred.

Only a month prior, Fred had been honored with the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association “2013 Pet of the Year Award,” as well as being part of the team given special recognition by US Senator Richard Blumenthal for “providing compassionate and dedicated service” in comforting traumatized children, first responders, and caregivers following the events of 12/14.

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“We worked so very hard to save Fred’s life. FIP is a diagnosis made by ruling out other diseases. We spent weeks seeing specialists and trying different treatments hoping the results would not tell us it was FIP,” said Kitten Associates President and Founder Robin A.F. Olson. “Fred was a charmer, his high leaps made children giggle with glee, but the FIP, over the past month, robbed Fred of being able to move at all.”

“Everyone was rooting for Fred to survive. We had a saying; ‘Go, Team Fred!’” said Kitten Associates Vice President Sam Moore. “Tens of thousands of people knew about Fred’s story and many of them sent us messages of encouragement and love. We know if love cured illness, Fred would never have been sick for even a second.”

In honor of Fred’s passing, Kitten Associates is going to rename its “Boo-Boo & Sniffles Fund,” which they use for special veterinary care, “The Fred Fund,” said Ms Olson.

“Though I am devastated at losing Fred, a few people said to me that they thought maybe Fred had finished his work here and that the children who died in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary needed him more,” Ms Olson explained. “That’s why, after Fred passed away, we tied a green and white bow around his neck so the children would know him when he arrives in Heaven.”

As a final gesture, Ms Olson and Mr Moore filled out and signed Fred’s adoption contract, formally adopting him as one of their own family. They wanted Fred to have what all Kitten Associates cats have—a forever home, even if in this case it was only for a day.

Fred passed surrounded by the people who loved him most including his brother, Barney, who survives him and has shown no sign of the illness. Read more »

Saving Fred

Our hearts are broken. Fred, the 10-month old mascot of our Kitties for Kids program, who helped so many children and their parents find their smiles again after the Sandy Hook Elementary Tragedy, has become gravely ill. What started out as a mild fever and some weakness in his back legs, turned into not being able to walk, not eating and growing weaker every day.

We NEVER euthanize our foster cats because of their Vet care needs, so we've been working tirelessly to raise funds to provide everything Fred needs and give Fred EVERY chance to live as long and as comfortably as he can.

Fred has seen NINE Veterinarians ranging in specialty from General Practioners to Internal Medicine and Neurologists. Most of the many tests have come back normal, but one test, a spinal tap, indicated that Fred may have the "dry" form of FIP, which is a fatal disease. Fred may also have lymphoma of the spine-which is treatable with chemo and radiation and may give Fred a good quality of life, but we need more funds to provide that care.

Fred gave so much to the children of Newtown and now HE needs help. Please consider donating, even the price of a good cup of coffee, to Fred's Vet Fund so we can continue to provide the top level of care he deserves. Your donation is tax deductible since we're a 501(c)3 Non-profit. THANK YOU!

The News is Spreading about our Pets of the Year!

Read about our big award-winning evening in the Hartford Courant today!

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