Archive for Special rescues

Astrid

Alone at least 2 years on the streets, having babies and more babies. We have no idea what happened to the babies. Now, there is no way this is any kind of life to lead, yet no one helped the cycle stop. People fed her and noticed she was pregnant and not and pregnant again.

This time someone asked for help for Astrid. This poor mama cat is maybe 8 years old and still having babies on the streets. This is definitely her last litter and she is now safe inside with her only surviving baby. One was stillborn, another passed away at only about 48 hours old. How horrible for this mama cat to be continuing to go through this.

After getting her to safety, she and her surviving baby were checked out by our vet. Astrid turns out to be FIV+, which could explain why only one baby survived. We will be retesting soon. This also means that there is a slight possibility that this little one will also be FIV+, not likely but a possibility 😦

During her vet exam, it was also discovered that she has a horribly decaying mouth that will need extensive work when she is done nursing the little one. An 8 year old cat with FIV and totally black has only a sight chance for adoption, but she still deserves to live and give it her best shot at adoption. She definitely deserved better than giving birth on the streets continuously with the babies likely not surviving. At the very least, this little lady will be able to get her horrible mouth fixed and relax for the rest of her life. At the very best, she will be snuggling in a circle of family love someday. Please help us care for sweet Astrid and her surviving baby.Astrid and baby

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Shadow Gray

None of us can imagine this happening to us. Poor Shadow Gray’s person passed away and no one in his person’s family wanted him, so he found himself in a high intake shelter, not knowing anyone and he was already ill. What he did have going for him was a pair of eyes that could make that special plea to everyone for help. His sea foam green eyes against his gray fur couldn’t be missed. Shadow only weighed 4 pounds and a matted mess. A plea went out for help for this incredible kitty and we answered it.

Shadow was hyperthyroid, fairly common in older cats. There is a drug not labeled for cats that we could give him to treat the symptoms. The drug is extremely harsh, many cats cannot tolerate it and you must constantly monitor blood work on these kitties making sure they are getting the correct dose. HELP Humane prefers to get the treatment to cure the hyper thyroid. The cost is higher up front but it cures the condition and in the long run, its less expensive than the pills (that can be dangerous) and the blood work to keep going in the right direction with treatment.

In January, Shadow Gray had his hyperthyroid treatment and several weeks later, he began to gain weight like a champ. Then he suddenly lost several ounces in a week, not good. We had him back to the vet and discovered that he has kidney disease. We will manage his kidney disease and give him a good rest of his life, which could be a long time considering kidney disease can certainly be managed in a kitty.

We adore this handsome grandpa and are pretty sure he is fairly fond of us also 🙂 We are so happy to be able to help the helpless animals when they find themselves in what seems to be the worst situation possible, knowing no one and dependent on a kind hand. This gentle soul doesnt have to worry about that anymore!
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Brielle

This petite little girl found herself in a predicament, actually a couple of them. The first one was when she found herself lost on the streets, of course, no one will know if she was lost or abandoned but either way, on the streets. She is so tiny and was very thin when she was brought in to a high intake shelter. An amazing supervisor there took her under her wing and gave her special feedings to try and get some weight back on her, but it didnt go so well. She ate well but barely gained any weight so the supervisor had taken her as far as funds from the city would take her and she reached out for help for this little one.

A Good Samaritan paid for blood work to find out what might be amiss in which an idea on what was going on inside. Then we took over her care from that point. Not much on bloodwork and we ran more along with xrays and other tests. Right now, we are giving this quiet little soul lots of TLC and time, time to recover and recouperate, time to prepare for another start at life, a fresh one. We will give her all she needs until she is ready and able to move on to that new family that will love her like we do.

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Dion

Dion was being fed as a part of a feral colony. It was obvious that he wasnt feral and began to want to enter the caretaker’s home. She was able to pet him one day and was horrified at how his backbone and ribs were so easily felt. She contacted HELP Humane and asked us to take over his care if she brought him inside, we agreed. At his first examination, he was tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV and found to actually be positive for both the retrovirus’. What a shame to be having to start from there 😦

His caretaker agreed to hold onto him until there was an opening at our Feline Leukemia Cottage where he could have a great life hanging with friends and watching all the wildlife on their screened in porch. After only a short time, Dion’s foster mom noticed that he was having balance problems and off to the vet he went again. He was extremely dehydrated and had multiple issues including parasites and spent a week being hospitalized. He then was allowed to go back to his foster home and did great for a short period of time before he again had a crisis and at that time, he was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. At that point, we knew his time was limited but we hoped for the best.

Poor Dion was a young long haired black cat, not a stand out from the crowd boy but he got dealt a crummy hand and after only a few weeks back at his foster home, he had multiple seizures and passed away before he could even return to the vet. Such a loving little soul that purred through all the medical procedures, we believe he knew he was getting help. We know he is at peace now, we just wish we could have helped him sooner.

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Wellington

Wellington’s plea was posted on a high intake shelter’s page for rescue, they were not able to help him and his time was limited. Animal Control was called to an address about an injured cat. This resident had called saying a cat had drug himself onto her porch and was unable to move. We have rescued several cats like this and they have just needed some medication and rehabilitation time and they recovered. In the picture posted on their page, Wellington’s gorgeous copper eyes just looked into ours (and many others) souls, he just needed some help.

Wellington has an eartip (that means that has was part of a trap/neuter/return) program at one time. We obviously dont know his story but at this time our vet believes that he has a parasite and we are treating him for that. He is regaining strength every day and eating like a champ. And those copper eyes are brighter and more hopeful. He is still a bit apprehensive of people and loud noises but he is getting better every day.
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Jacques

This boy is full of spirit and love. He was born with small underdeveloped eyeballs that have no sight. He was taken in by a family at 8 wks old and given up to a high intake shelter at 9 years old. We were contacted by someone to pull him from the shelter as they were going to have a difficult time finding him a home. When he got to HELP Humane, he had a serious eye infection, well, guess I should say eye socket infection. With antibiotics and eye drops, his sockets came around great and he is much more comfortable now.

Jacques came to us rail thin and his coat was a greasy mess. Since then he has filled out to a perfect weight and his coat is soft as a bunny’s fur. He gives the best hugs ever, he is actually holding on to make sure he is safe but we count them as hugs. During one of his exams, the vet noticed he was painful in the area of his stomach. After xrays and an ultrasound, the vets are still not exactly sure what is happening in that area. Right now we are waiting to see what happens. He needs to have the underdeveloped eyes removed and the sockets sutured shut so that he will not have the infections.  This boy plays with toys and looks across the room at you coming as if he does have sight, however, he does not.  Add to all of this that he was declawed, so he has no sight and no claws (his first line of defense) and its just amazing how he is still such an amazing personality. He deserved help and we are so happy to be able to give it to this boy.

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Laya, the princess, is a survivor

A couple of weeks ago someone contacted us about finding a cat at their place of employment that was rail thin and had labored breathing . She took the kitten home but couldn’t afford to take her to the vet. We have been cautious on intake while we build our shelter buddy support so while pondering payment for what I thought was going to be a diaphragmatic hernia, we got a call. A call from a couple that wanted to make a donation to help start-up an Emergency Veterinary Care Fund in memory of a precious dog they adopted and changed their life. So I felt comfortable with bringing her in for care, we just had to figure it out!

As it turned out, this six month old princess did have a diaphragmatic hernia. This is when the intestines are up in the chest cavity not allowing the lungs to fully expand. This can be a congenital defect but more often it’s caused by trauma.

Laya was off to see the surgeon to determine if she was a good candidate for surgery; she was. On April 17, she went under for surgery, this surgery is very risky but must happen in order for her to live. We were all holding our breath, thinking good thoughts and several hours later the surgeon called to say she was out of surgery and had done really well. This was despite the fact that once inside she found the injury was an old one as scar tissue had grown. She was being kept highly sedated to keep down the pain but the surgeon felt good about the outcome.

The next 24 hours are critical so not being able to sleep, I called about 12 hours after her surgery to check on her and they said she was now up and around and purring! Everyone is crazy about this little sweetheart.

Even though she must have pain from the surgery, she just has to already feel so much better being able to breathe without struggling. This little girl must have been in horrible pain when the trauma first happened and since then she has been struggling to breathe. Animals cannot just walk into a hospital ER and ask for help, they have to look with their eyes and hopefully make eye contact with someone who will stop and help them.

We are so grateful this little princess survived what she went through and will soon be looking for her very own family. We havent got the total on her veterinary bill yet but some other donations have also come in to help out. We are so appreciative for the donation that first started her rescue and those that have donated since, YOU are the reasons she will soon be surrounded by love at the shelter as she awaits that purrfect family, thank you!!

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Nolan – heart of gold

This amazingly handsome boy found himself in a high kill shelter, not once, but at least twice. I believe sometimes certain animals, just like some people, just cant seem to get a break. Here is Nolan’s story

Nolan ended up in a high kill shelter several months ago. During a high profile adoption event, he was adopted out in August. This shelter microchips each animal that is adopted out, love that about them! Anyway, the last week of October 2011, a call came into Animal Control that there was a cat lying in a driveway, apparently unable to get up. The AC went and picked up the kitty and brought him back to the shelter. When they scanned him, they found their chip inplanted and contacted the owner. The owner was not interested in helping his cat, he just wanted them to kill him, they werent coming to pick him up 😦

Word went out across the “rescue” community that this kitty would not be treated by the AC and rescue was needed for him to get out of that shelter. I kept seeing the posts and seeing the posts and no one was going to get Nolan, no one……….

Well, no one but HELP 🙂 after a few days of knowing Nolan was in pain in a AC shelter, we stepped in. We went out for help on facebook for donations to save his life. Someone volunteered to get him from their shelter and deliver him to us. So it was off to the vet we went. Poor Nolan WAILED in pain even on pain meds. Its truly a cry that I wont forget.

Here are the updates we were sending to those making donations:
UPDATE 10-27: Good thoughts, prayers and donations appreciated for poor Nolan. He has a fractured pelvis and a horrifying high break in his tail. The xray was just horrible and even with him pumped up on some serious pain meds at our vet, he is still biting at himself in pain 😦 It looks like his tail was almost ripped off the way the break is. Please pray he can eliminate, with that high of a break there is a chance he has nerve damage which could cause him not to be able to eliminate. He will see the specialist in the morning hopefully, please think good thoughts for this precious boy.

NEW UPDATE 10-27: Ok, looking for a special foster home for our special boy Nolan. He is losing his back leg AND tail. Loooong story as to why but basically the pelvis on one side is really shattered and his femoral head (the round part at the top of the leg that goes into the hip socket) is also shattered. This poor boy needs a soft place to fall right now for recovery. Can anyone help? He will have to be caged for a while. I am telling you, this boy is very special, you wont be sorry….at least a couple weeks, please let me know if you can help this boy through his recovery.

10-28: Ok, keep the good thoughts coming for this boy, he is right now in surgery. They just called and once inside they found that his pelvis is more intact then looked on the xrays and the femoral head on the leg is also not as bad as looked. So they are going to remove the femoral head instead of his leg!!! They believe the pelvis will be able to support him after recovery. Please hold good thoughts and prayers that this will work, then he will only have to lose his tail!

NEW 10-28: It’s so great that people are caring! He came through surgery great, they dont think he will need a transfusion but will check his packed cells in the morning and as long as they are still holding (which they probably should now that he has gotten rid of all the fleas) then he will be headed for his recovery foster home. So happy about him not losing his leg also, sad he lost his “plume” tail but at least he has 4 legs and his life!

UPDATE 10-29: Right now, Nolan’s vet bill stands at $2000 but he now has to stay another night. He’s anemia improved a bit overnight, he is still extremely weak. After all this poor boy has been through, we can totally understand that. He has eliminated urine (great news), no poo yet, but he hadnt really been eating either, so that question is still up in the air. Donations stand at $350, thanks so much for all the donations, good thoughts and love sent Nolan’s way *cyndi*

UPDATE 11-1: Nolan’s vet bills are up to $2,800, and he has $500 in donations. He still has not pooped-but he is trying. This is not good. 😦

UPDATE 11-1 Nolan poo’d!!! Yay!!! Now we got over the biggest hurdle and worry!

LOL only rescuers and shelter workers understand the excitement of “poo” 🙂  11/16 – Today Nolan went for his first “check” since the surgery and his recovery is going great. He is slowly putting weight on the leg and is just chatting away. He is back at the shelter for his last few weeks of recovery before being ready for adoption. We are so happy that we were able to save his life, he’s an amazing boy and this time around, we hope he finds a forever family! Thanks for helping us save him, we couldnt do it without you!

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Jordan, the white prince

The first time I saw Jordan, I was mortified. I was trapping at a home in a mobile home park and it was raining. It was early evening and getting dark and I see this gorgeous boy come up on the deck and then notice, his ears are just horrible. I knock on the door to the home and ask the caretaker about this boy. She says that he comes around about once a week. I asked her if his ears were always like that and she says yes, and oh, that he is “sort of” friendly. I went back to the car and waited for him to appear again. I could tell he was really hungry and he didn’t mind me being very close but did not want me to touch him. So I got a carrier and brought it to the porch and began to toss pieces of food into the carrier to try to get him to go in and me shut the door behind him.  I was drenched in the rain and it kept coming down but I was determined to not leave there without him. His ears were so bloody and infected, there was no way I was leaving him behind!

Several times he would get so far in and then race back out, again and again, then finally I was able to get the door shut behind him and I threw my hands up in the air and whispered “yay!” so as not to scare him. My niece was in the car rooting me on and she yelled “yay” too!

Back to the shelter we went with this boy. After getting into a smaller room there in case he was in flight mode, I begin to open the carrier and he slowly walked out and right up to us. I think he knew he was going to get some help and after all that rain time, he decided to give me a break. He went to the vet the next morning, he had ear mites so bad that he had just been mutilating himself 😦 He was already neutered, so someone cared for him at one time. The caretaker said someone moved off and left him behind 😦

Oh, and Jordan also tested FIV+, which I knew would complicate his condition and healing. It took quite sometime to get his ears cleared and they are still scarred. But wow, everyone fell in love with this white prince. He is such a love bug and so awesome with the other cats. He was like the grandpa in the FIV+ room. He would groom any kitty that asked. And if you went in there, it was next to impossible to get sit down before he was in your lap. Such a gentle kind prince.

About a year later, we noticed he was not feeling well and we found that he had mega colon. Sometimes you can manage this condition with supportive care and the right mix of meds, but in Jordan’s case, we tried and tried and it just didn’t happen. He had to go to a specialist and have his colon removed. In the year following, he struggled some but it was much more manageable.

In July, 2010, a woman came in and wanted to adopt a cat to keep her small dog company. We told her about the FIV+ cats because she didn’t have another cat and she was up for it. She spent some time in the room and really loved Jordan, as everyone did. He was always the “parenting” type so we thought he might do well “parenting” her dog, so Jordan was adopted! We got to hear stories about him as she would visit often, it was so great to hear about him, we all missed him.

The last few months, Jordan has been randomly ceasing to eat, so he would go in for a vet visit and he would be on the verge of hepatic lipidosis but would get better after a couple of days of being hospitalized. At one time, he had all his teeth removed because they just were so bad, so sometimes we wondered if his mouth bothered him, maybe that was why he wasnt eating.

Last week after only about 2 wks of being out of the vet clinic, he stopped eating again, something was just wrong. The vets said he had become really jaundice quickly, fluid was building in his abdomen and wasnt getting better like before. On Friday night, an awesome vet at Blue Pearl met me there late so he could do an ultrasound on Jordan because something needed to be done quickly. The worst news, a mass in his liver. His mom and us decided that we weren’t going to put this prince through anymore. His mom took him home on Saturday and will wait for Jordan to tell her that its time for him to go.

There are so many people saddened by this, our little prince didn’t have an easy life by any stretch of the imagination. But we are so grateful to be a big part of making this boy’s life better and definitely filled with love the last 5 years of his life. He truly couldn’t be loved more. Thanks for hanging with us you gentle prince, we are blessed to have been able to rescue you, you made our lives happier to have had you in it. We hope your journey to The Bridge is peaceful and gentle like you sweet Prince

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June 2011 – Neosho rescues

We have rescued many special cases in the last few weeks. I find it so sad that these helpless animals get stuck in high kill shelters and they need medical treatment so people are begging for someone to rescue them and no one does. I sure wish we had a supply of money just for these cases :-(

We had an openings for 3 small dogs and heard about a hoarder situation and agreed to take 2 of the small dogs from there. When the transporter arrived at the home, she found an almost dead JRT and called to see if we could also take this one. Now, we have no business taking on this poor dog not knowing what he is going to need, but I can’t say “no, just leave him there to potentially die”……….so she brings us the three and Neosho, the extremely ill one is too weak to stand. A volunteer rush him to Urgent Care because of course, it’s on the weekend and they said he needed a blood transfusion that he was so anemic that without one he would die probably within 24 hours.

He was then rushed to the Emergency Clinic and indeed had to have an emergency blood transfusion. He was so infested with fleas and internal parasites, they had depleted him of almost all his blood!! He is now doing great and basically just waiting for his anemia to be completely gone, then neutered and ready to find his new family. The other two were Ferris and Falco, Falco will be going next week, Ferris is still looking.

Ferris & Neosho

And Falco

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