November 19, 2021 – Seal Beach, CA – Helen Sanders CatPAWS (CatPAWS) is committed to providing the best care, treating each cat with individual attention, and routinely having them checked out prior to spay or neuter surgery. Kittens often come to CatPAWS sick with respiratory and eye infections, underweight, and malnourished. CatPAWS Foster Team members spend sleepless nights to ensure the kittens become big and strong for surgery. And of course, we owe it to the cats entrusted to our care, each one important.

In the course of these routine exams, we sometimes learn of risk factors for anesthesia, specifically those involving heart issues. During such a routine pre-surgery check up, little Scrappy was determined to have a significant heart murmur. This year, CatPAWS has become sensitive to this issue after a couple of kittens in our care turned out to have very serious heart conditions that will sadly shorten their lives.

The good news with Scrappy is that diagnostics revealed his heart issue was not serious enough to preclude surgery and by all indications, he would grow up to be healthy and happy and live a long life! Still, that peace of mind did not come free and added to CatPAWS considerable veterinary bills.

Veterinary care is by far CatPAWS’s single biggest expense. CatPAWS values every cat and always strives to provide them with the best care. We consult specialists and leading university veterinary teaching schools, we try to always save limbs and eyes, and we pursue leading edge treatments. We do whatever we can to give the cats a chance to live their best lives.


This level of personal attention and care is expensive, but we think it is worth it. We hope you do, too. Please help us make sure every cat receives the best care possible!

P.S. If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering or fostering and joining our Team, please send them our way! We are established enough to provide strong support, personal attention, and all needed supplies.

About Helen Sanders CatPAWS
Founded in 2010 to continue the legacy of Helen Sanders, who practiced and advocated trap-neuter-return (TNR) for feral community cats ever since the 1990s. CatPAWS rescues at risk cats from public shelters, finds adoptive homes, provides support to the community with education, low or no-cost spay/neuter vouchers, traveling kitten therapy program, and the DIY kitten care project. Visit, CatPAWS Facebook page, or call 562-280-4450 to learn more or get involved.