I have been looking and looking and I can't seem to find anything on this topic. The closest I found was a Pebble thread back in 2021. Let me preface by saying, we are very grateful for every partner we have. There is just a need that we can't seem to get around without potentially "going under".
Here is the issue we are running into.
When we do T-N-R and colony management, we often come across groups of cats and kittens that are afflicted by the same medical need (I.E. Scabies, Bacterial/Viral Infections, etc.). While taking one or two in for diagnosis and treatment is feasible, the costs begin to skyrocket if every cat or kitten is brought in especially when only a handful of vets in the area are trained to handle community cats.
In addition, the veterinarians in our area are mostly associated with corporate vets who, let's face it, the bottom line is profit motivated. Those who are the exception are already working with other rescues and doing what they can to help while staying afloat. Has anyone come across any happy mediums where the vets feel comfortable in signing off on a bulk order of prescription product without cutting into profit margins or risk a hike in liability insurance (sad reality) and rescues can do this legally and cost effectively to stay afloat?
Are there any programs out there to assist already?
If not, what would be some brainstorming ideas to help cover this gap?
Thank you very much.
Our non-profit does TNR, Colony Management, and Rescue. We also have a Barn Cat Program and Adoption Program that is all foster based (no brick & mortar building). This year we have seen two colonies with scabies (treatment includes confinement, revolution, antibiotics as needed and release once completed) and several colonies with URIs (Lysine to improve colony immunity, more severe cases fluids, antibiotics, etc). We are trying to decrease euthanasia and mass death due to treatable illnesses.
Resources I know of thus far: Zoetis for Rescues (Requires a vet willing to sign off), Pebbo (seems to be for homeopathic), international entities (risk involved), Dog and Cat Pharm (research site no RX solutions) #AccesstoCare#CommunityCatManagement#CommunityPartnerships*#Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization
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