Thursday, January 1, 2015

DCIN is Scaling Back

June 5, 2014--

Sadly, Diabetic Cats has to significantly scale back its activities. As of today, DCIN will no longer:
  • Accept or consider applications for its Financial Assistance Program (FAP) or its Shelter Program.
  • Support the needs of most existing FAP or Shelter Program clients once our stock of insulin, testing equipment, and syringes is depleted. 
  • Coordinate or finance the transport of unwanted diabetic cats to new homes.
  • Fundraise, except on a very limited basis. 
DCIN will continue to financially support:
  • And try to place our three adoptable foster cats into permanent homes. (As of 7/16/14, DCIN only has one adoptable cat, Sunshine. The others have been adopted by their foster families.)
  • Our two permanent/unadoptable foster cats. (As of 7/16/14, there is only one permanent foster cats because Jibbit died 7/12/14.)
  • Adopted DCIN cats for which we made certain long-term commitments, until we can no longer afford to do so.
  • The needs of our most dire existing FAP clients. 

DCIN will continue its primary Facebook page to allow people to post diabetic cats needing rehoming and supplies available for donation. We will "freeze" our separate DCIN Shelter Program Facebook page and post the shelter courtesy posts on our main Facebook page.

I will keep DCIN's state-based non-profit registration and its IRS non-profit 501c3 designation active should a group of experienced people wish to step forward to resume full-scale DCIN operations. Or there may come a time, perhaps in a year, when I get things caught up enough that, with committed Team members, I can bring DCIN back to where it has been.

I will advise those who make monthly donations to DCIN through Paypal to consider canceling them. I hope that our friends will continue to support DCIN's Amazon Associate programs, which brings DCIN about $300/month and will allow us to help maintain minimal operations. If DCIN's available funds or continued donations are unable to finance its irrevocable operational costs, I will pay them personally.(As of 7/16/14, all sponsors have been contacted and only a few have cancelled their subscriptions.)

WHY, I am sure you are asking, is DCIN scaling back?? This is not a money thing. Our donors are extremely generous. It's a time and quality of life thing for me. DCIN has lost one managerial Team member and will soon lose another, and I am not capable of managing the workload their absences leave. DCIN's ongoing Team members have asked to take on more responsibility, but I have never had the time to develop an appropriate training process. Same thing with those who have recently volunteered to join the Team. Advising on the financial needs of a cat with diabetes takes feline diabetes experience. It also takes a knowledge of DCIN's processes and budget, and it is solely my fault that I have not been able to appropriately communicate the processes and budget to the DCIN Team.

I sincerely thank the current and past DCIN Team members for their tremendous efforts for DCIN's mission. I wish I could have had the process better organized so that their jobs would have been more clear and easy. Every single person that has volunteered with DCIN over the years has a heart of gold and I owe each and every one of them more thanks than I could ever express.

I also sincerely thank all those who have supported DCIN through the years in myriad ways, including donating money and supplies, fostering and adopting unwanted diabetic cats, sharing and commenting on our Facebook posts, or just praying or sending best wishes for our efforts. You and your knowledge of and care for the extra-sweet kitties will keep the movement alive.

Please remember. Feline diabetes is not a death sentence, and all cats that are diagnosed diabetic deserve appropriate care and loving caregivers, and many many of them will live long and happy lives, even if they do not go into remission, which most will with appropriate diet, insulin, and hometesting.

~Venita, Founder and Director, Diabetic Cats in Need

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Kitties with Diabetes Store

This is the only diabetic cat that remains in DCIN foster care that is available for adoption. Click on the cat's linked name for the full scoop.

If you can't adopt, foster. If you can't foster, volunteer. If you can't volunteer, donate. If you can't donate, share. Every action helps and each one is important.

Sunshine in VA
In foster since 1/2013


Why is our main page called The Kitties with Diabetes Store? This story is from a woman who was going to soon adopt one of the DCIN cats. My 3 y/o son just asked me "Can we get a kitty from the kitty diabetes store?" I said, "The kitty diabetes store?" and he said, "Where kitties with diabetes that don't have homes come from!!" (kind of in that exasperated "DUH, Mom!" tone.) I said, "Why do you want another kitty with diabetes?" and he said, "Because we can take extra-good care of them since we know how." Boy, won't he be surprised when our "new" diabetic kitty arrives from "the kitty diabetes store" (aka: DCIN) hopefully next week! I can even tell him that I ordered the kitty online and had to wait for shipping! ~Venita

Courtesy Posts

Current Courtesy Posts

Animal Friends of Barbour County, Philippi, WV
Fancy Cats Rescue Team diabetics, all in foster care in Northern VA. All FCRT cats come fully vetted, up to date on vaccine, tested neg/neg for FIV/FeLV, and micro-chipped.
Forgotten Ones Cat Rescue in Richmond Hills, Ontario, Canada
HART of Maine diabetics, all in a dedicated diabetic room in the shelter. See a YouTube video on HART here.
Humane Association Hilton Head/Bluffton SC
Watonwan County MN Humane Society 
 Non-Shelter/Rescue Placements
  • Boo (in private foster in Northern VA)
  • Cheesedoodle (in private foster in Westchester County, NY) 
  • Snowball (in vet's office in NJ) 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Animal Outreach-JD

April 2, 2014-Handsome JD is a diet controlled diabetic at Animal Outreach in Cape May, New Jersey. Yes you heard right, this fluffy tuxie is diet controlled and not on insulin right now. This 9 year old sweetie came to Animal Outreach from Burlington County Animal Shelter where he was diagnosed.  Eating only Fancy Feast Classic pate, Friskies Classic pate, and sardines in water, JD is running in the 60's and 70's when his blood glucose is checked.

JD is a timid boy who loves to be brushed, and snuggles into cozy beds. He does hang out with a few of the older cats at Animal Outreach and is getting along well with them, but meeting new cats seems to cause him some stress. In his forever home, a slower introduction to any resident cats would be a good idea. It is not known if he is good with dogs.

Please contact Eileen at Animal Outreach if you would like to give JD a permanent home!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Animal Outreach - Marley

March 9, 2014-- Marley is a senior boy, estimated to be around 15 years old and is currently living at Animal Outreach in Cape May, NJ. Before coming to Animal Outreach, he lived at the Burlington County Animal Shelter where it was discovered that he is diabetic. He has just started on 2 units of Lantus insulin a day. He is very good about having his blood sugar tested! Marley is on the thin side right now, but we hope he will gain weight as his blood sugar becomes better regulated.

Marley is a friendly, laid-back guy. He enjoys being petted and as much lap time as he can get! He also enjoys being brushed. He likes Fancy Feast Classic pate and DM dry food. Marley gets along well with other kitties, but we aren't sure how he feels about dogs!

Please contact Eileen at Animal Outreach to inquire about adopting Marley!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

HART of Maine - Shark

March 11, 2014--Shark, an 11 year old grey and white boy, swam up to Maine not too long ago from Maryland and is in search of a new home. This extra sweet boy was actually living in Maryland and not being treated for his diabetes. A kind neighbor took him in and started him on Lantus (with the permission of his former owners, of course), and turned to the internet in the hopes of finding safety for this boy.

The kind neighbor even received home testing lessons from Ronda Dalton of Fancy Cats Rescue Team in VA so that she could monitor his progress and ensure that she was doing all she could in Shark's best interest.

This nice lady learned of HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team) and contacted them to see if there was any room at the inn for Shark. HART said yes and then his foster mama actually drove him all the way to Maine to make sure he was safe! Now that is a Good Samaritan!

Wouldn't it be great for Shark to find a new home after so many folks have gone even more than an extra mile to make sure this wonderful kitty got a second chance?

He is a very laid back boy and hardly needed even an hour in a show cage before he was out mingling with other kitties in the HART diet controlled room! He eats canned Wellness grain-free only. He is currently getting 1.5 units of Lantus insulin BID.

Let the volunteers at HART show you how easy it is to care for a diabetic kitty! To contact HART, here is the link to the website: .

For a blank adoption application, click on this link: .

February 22, 2014--Shark arrived at HART of Maine on 2/22/14, transported from MD by his foster Mom. He is an insulin dependent mature boy with an easy-going personality. We will provide more details when they become available. In the meanwhile, if you might be interested in adopting Shark, contact and she will put you in contact with the appropriate people.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

HART of Maine - Star

June 3, 2014 -- Star, now a media sensation.


February 21, 2014-- HART's little tabby Star is beginning to twinkle once more! She is only 8 years old but before coming to HART, she was found as a stray and was extremely emaciated and scabbed. This long haired girl had many mats and was shaved on intake, so her pretty fur is finally starting to grow back in again.

We've learned a few things already about Star! She is a lap cat! Star enjoys pets and snuggling whenever she gets a chance. Star doesn't care for other kitties and grumbles to show her displeasure when they walk too close to her. She may be ok in a home with another laid back kitty, but may or may not ever choose to be friends.

Star enjoys her canned Wellness grain-free favor choices and has recently been on 1 unit of insulin, but as her numbers have remained very high, her dosage will likely be increased. Hopefully this increase will be only temporary and her insulin needs can be stabilized soon.

Don't you just think her white whiskers are the purrfect accessory? Her lovely green eyes are saying “Thank you for saving me, and now please help me find me a home where I'll be loved and never abandoned again”.

Let the volunteers at HART show you how easy it is to care for a diabetic kitty! To contact HART, here is the link to the website: .

For a blank adoption application, click on this link: .