Culver City News
December 3, 2009
Smokey the injured kitty says "Thank You Culver City"
On October 22, 2009 included in the weekly Culver City News “Pet Page” was a story about little Smokey, a small, fluffy gray kitty that had been hit by a car and severely injured outside of Sony Pictures Studios. Without the immediate help and intervention of the Culver City Animal Services Officer Stephanie Yarbro and dedicated veterinarians, Smokey would have died or been severely crippled her entire life. And without the generosity of so many caring Culver City residents and nonresidents, Smokey could not be receiving the exceptional medical care that is enabling her to recover and have a bright future.
On behalf of Smokey, we want to thank ASO Stephanie Yarbro and her supervisor Sgt. Mike Webb for immediately responding to a resident’s call that little Smokey had been hit by a car. Officer Yarbro transported Smokey quickly to City of Angels for emergency treatment where staff stablized her injuries. We are also very grateful that Smokey received excellent care at spcaLA from Dr. “Doc” Karen Halligan and staff, followed by surgery, post-operative care and TLC from Dr. Rachel Jones of the Marina Veterinary Center and her staff. Dr. Jones performed the long and delicate surgery on Smokey’s shattered legs for free. However, when it became apparent that Smokey would need weeks of special care to recover at Dr. Jones’ clinic, Culver City residents rallied together to raise $2,000 to help with the costly medical expenses.
We only wish that we could thank everyone in this letter who came to Smokey’s aid. From children who donated $2.00 from their piggy banks and allowances, to retired residents who readily donated from their pensions, to friends and strangers who responded to the article in the “Pet Page”, it quickly became clear that we are a community that cares about each other and is willing to work together in time of need.
There are some donors whose incredible generosity went way beyond our expectations. Smokey would like to offer a special thank you to Richard Schatz, philanthropist and president and owner of Royal Pet Mortuary, Culver City realtor Mike King, her fans at Sony Pictures Studios and John Calley Productions, and in particular Lisa Medwid, as well as Doug Lemon and Theresa Welsch.
In due course Smokey will be looking for a permanent home. If anyone is interested in adopting the sweetest, most playful, healthy little kitty, please contact Friends of Culver City Animals at (888) 893-9909.