We started this foundation to honor “Chunks” Amarelo and to help spread awareness around what FIP is and how others can not only help the worlds cat population, but also assist in spreading awareness and moving the initiative forward in ultimately finding a cure for this disease. We also have made it our mission to assist shelters and rescues who are severely strained and under resourced, because we feel that a cat’s lifelong health and happiness starts right within those key places. Amarelo’s greatest life purpose was only realized after his passing, but we have made it our mission to do the work he would have wanted to do himself, if he just had more time on this Earth. We would love to connect with anyone looking for more information or who is interested in assisting our cause!

September 30, 2021, would change our lives forever.

It was on that day that “Chunks” Amarelo chose us to not only be his parents, but also chose our hearts to be the place he would call his forever home. A week before bringing Chunks home, we had just said our final goodbye to our beloved cat of 18 years and had no clue what the future held for our family. As we would find out, the world works in mysterious ways and Chunks was brought to us not only to show us his profound wisdom and love, but also to fulfill a purpose that was uniquely his own. We never knew that the life he brought to us would only last such a short time, but the impact he left on our family would’ve taken anyone or anything else a full lifetime to accomplish.

In the early days, Amarelo (whose name meaning “yellow” would end up having such significance at the end of his life) was a small and fragile little boy who came from a tough upbringing.

Being malnourished and underdeveloped, we made it our mission to let him enjoy the finer things in life such as his favorite soft food and dental cleaning treats. It was from this that we decided to call him Chunks. As he grew over the next year, he quickly learned that he couldn’t necessarily fit behind the space under our bed anymore, but he fell in love with simply enjoying his time. He spent his time learning, watching, and even teaching us lessons we may or may not have understood fully at the time. But most of all he loved spending his time with us. Chunks also found joy in spending hours quietly staring out his favorite window almost as if he was philosophizing and pondering life’s greatest questions. We never realized it at the time, but the moments he spent thinking make us believe that he knew he had a greater purpose to fulfill in this world. He also befriended a Blue Jay and a Red Cardinal through that same window, who continue to visit our family often to this day. When we look back at his Halloween photo posed next to the pumpkins, or the Christmas picture where he somehow found his way deep into the center of our Christmas tree for an afternoon nap, it feels that he was meant to live a lifetime of love and memories all within the short amount of time he was with us. We are forever grateful we had the chance to show him that love and be the place he called his forever home.

We had only heard about FIP and the horrors of the disease during the final days of Chunks’ life, at which point it sadly was passed the window of being even remotely treatable. But that didn’t stop us from trying. We met so many incredible people along the way and did everything in our power to find a way to help our baby boy. The issue is that there are currently no FDA approved treatments, and the knowledge around FIP and its treatment and prevention are scarce at best. Sadly, even with all of our best efforts, the disease began to affect his internal organs as well as his cognitive abilities, and right before his passing caused his entire body to turn a shade of yellow that no one had ever seen before, and none of us will ever be able to forget. Chunks passed away from FIP on November 1, 2021.

Our Mission

The mission of The Amarelo Foundation is broken down into 4 key parts. Each of which plays a pivotal role in not only assisting the worlds cat population, but also brings awareness to FIP and helps show the importance of finding both FDA approved treatments and ultimately a cure.

The Four Pillars

The best way to combat FIP is by assisting rescues and shelters in maintaining clean and healthy living environments. It is also imperative that we encourage innovation within the veterinary community to help them create better treatment and vaccination options while also support their efforts to create a more accurate system for maintaining medical records between rescues, shelters, and veterinary offices. Knowing your cat’s history is key!

Your Contribution

The Amarelo Foundation puts the feline population of the world at the forefront of what we do every day! We are looking for anyone who resonates with our cause and can assist in sharing our work with friends and loved ones. While most of our work is done through volunteer’s and sponsorships that help our cause, monetary or product donations are always welcome and go a long way in helping move our initiative forward. Please feel free to reach out to find even more ways to contribute!

Educate
Educating cat owners on importance of knowing their kitten’s medical history (vaccinations, surgeries, living situation, medical history)
1
Normalize
Normalizing the conversation around FIP treatment and prevention with your veterinarian and helping educate cat parents on the specifics of the disease.
2
Donate
“Adopt a kitten / adopt a litter box”- Donating clean essential items to rescues and fosters around the world to ensure they do not become breeding grounds for FIP transmission.
3
Lobby
Prioritizing the passing of legislation within local, state, and federal government agencies to make treatment options universally available to veterinary clinics treating cats with FIP.
4

The Four Pillars

The best way to combat FIP is by assisting rescues and shelters in maintaining clean and healthy living environments. It is also imperative that we encourage innovation within the veterinary community to help them create better treatment and vaccination options while also support their efforts to create a more accurate system for maintaining medical records between rescues, shelters, and veterinary offices. Knowing your cat’s history is key!

Educate
Educating cat owners on importance of knowing their kitten’s medical history (vaccinations, surgeries, living situation, medical history)
1
Normalize
Normalizing the conversation around FIP treatment and prevention with your veterinarian and helping educate cat parents on the specifics of the disease.
2
Donate
“Adopt a kitten / adopt a litter box”- Donating clean essential items to rescues and fosters around the world to ensure they do not become breeding grounds for FIP transmission.
3
Lobby
Prioritizing the passing of legislation within local, state, and federal government agencies to make treatment options universally available to veterinary clinics treating cats with FIP.
4

Your Contribution

The Amarelo Foundation puts the feline population of the world at the forefront of what we do every day! We are looking for anyone who resonates with our cause and can assist in sharing our work with friends and loved ones. While most of our work is done through volunteer’s and sponsorships that help our cause, monetary or product donations are always welcome and go a long way in helping move our initiative forward. Please feel free to reach out to find even more ways to contribute!

Petition

The current treatment for FIP is not FDA approved and the means of obtaining the treatment are limited at best. The work now is to get the conversation to Washington and let them know the importance of making the drug and treatments more accessible to veterinarians and animal hospitals, so that cats with FIP have a fighting chance at beating this terrible disease. Your signature helps rally support for this crucial initiative!

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