Jan Magnusson opened her door one day to find a kitten sitting on her door step.
The cat, now named Munchkin, had an eye infection and was in serious need of medical attention. Luckily, Munchkin had found its way to the right place. Indeed, it's not uncommon for cats to come under the care of Magnusson, the founder of Happy Strays Cat Rescue, a not-for-profit organization.
"We take in stray and abandoned cats, mostly kittens, that people don't want anymore. We provide medical care for the cats that need it, that's why we're a little bit short right now," said Magnusson, whose organization has facilitated 984 cat adoptions since its founding in 2006, including 185 this year.
Happy Strays is reaching out for community support after recently taking in two kittens with problems that racked up high medical bills. Munchkin's bill reached $800 and his eye eventually had to be removed. Another cat, named Tiny Tim, who was found in a wheel well of a truck with infections all over his body, ran up a $1,200 medical bill. The organization's spay-and-neuter clinic also just sent Magnusson a $1,200 bill for all the operations she's ordered this year.