Cricket, a tabby cat. (DiAnna Pfaff-Martin / March 14, 2008)

Community Animal Network's donated dollars are always at work.

The tabby cat Cricket had a ruptured cornea, causing pain and calling for the immediate removal of his right eye. The unexpected surgery increased our veterinary bill by $1,031,and now our debt is disproportionate to donated dollars.

Many local animals count on Community Animal Network for their medications, treatments and procedures before placement in new homes, and there is still important work to do.

With help, Community Animal Network can bring down its vet bill and continue to offer direct care to local animals.

The need for our services is high, and no animal should be turned away.

Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 8662, Newport Beach, CA 92658, memo, "Help Local Animals," Tax ID 33-0971560.

See available animals for adoption at http://www.animalnetwork.org. Email contact@animalnetwork.org for information about adopting, fostering or volunteering on the weekends at the Fashion Island pet adoption events sponsored by Russo's Pet Experience.