|On October 6, 1995, a Siamese-mix cat arrived at Bonanza Cat Hospital for evaluation, when a volunteer feeding strays at a trailer park noticed the cat had a severe head tilt. Due to this medical condition, and after tests showed she was FIV positive (feline AIDS), it was determined that this kitty was unadoptable because she would need lifetime daily medication to keep her immune system in check. Bonanza Cat Hospital became her new home and she was named “Poppy.”
Poppy had attitude! She delighted in standing on our examining room tables and taking swipes at the staff whenever they passed through. She also began to develop quite a reputation as our “official greeter,” casually sauntering out to the clinic waiting room with her tilted head and crooked mouth to “honor” a few lucky people by allowing them to pet her. Several of our clients began donating money towards her care and the cost of her medical needs.
Sadly Poppy passed away September 20, 2001. We all loved her dearly and miss her every day. She gave so much enjoyment to so many! So, in her honor, the Poppy Foundation was created.
The Poppy Foundation is registered as a 501(c)3 charity. We receive no funding from local, state or federal governments, depending solely on tax-deductible donations to provide food, shelter, medication and medical care.
Check out this great write-up on the Poppy Foundation, in the Las Vegas Journal Review!
Hospital is Cat’s Meow for Ailing Kitties,” by Doug Elfman