Here are our wonderful cats available for sponsorship!

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BALTHAZAR

Balthazar arrived at the shelter in November 2019 with his brother Melchior, both 8-year-old, following the death of their owner. They were adopted separately soon after. Unfortunately, in October 2021,

Balthazar's adoptive parent contacted us to take him back, having worsening health issues, and preventing him from taking proper care of his cat. We therefore welcome him back to the shelter. After a visit to the vet, we found out that he had cataracts in both eyes and that he had a urinary tract infection. The vet told us that there was nothing to do for the cataracts, and Balthazar was put on antibiotic treatment for his urinary tract infection.

During his follow-up for the UTI (which healed well), it was discovered that Balthazar was diabetic. It is

therefore now necessary to take his blood sugar twice a day and give him 1 unit of insulin when his

blood sugar is above 15. Balthazar has lived a lot over the past two years, and we wish to find him a family to take care of him, but we know it will be a challenge. In order to provide him with the treatments and follow-ups he needs, we need support, which is why he has been added to the sponsorship program.


VAGABOND

Vagabond arrived at ARN in February 2021. Previously, he resided on a farm, but the owner of the farm

had to relocate her cats following her move. Barn cats are normally very fearful and reactive towards

humans, but after a few weeks we found Vagabond to have a very soft side. He has the feline immunodeficiency virus, a virus that weakens the immune system in cats. It’s a tomcat weighing just over 8KG. Vets were impressed with its size ! When he arrived, Vagabond was very stressed, and in a sorry state. He had a nasty rhinotracheitis, his two remaining teeth were in poor condition, he had conjunctivitis in his right eye, his neck and cheeks

were very swollen and hard (cheeks are often swollen in uncastrated males, but we had never seen

anything like it), and he seemed to have difficulty urinating. Our feline behaviour specialist thought that this difficulty urinating could be related to his high stress, so we placed a sheet over his cage to partially obstruct his view. The problem then resolved. Obviously, a sheet over a cage is not a long-term solution, so we gradually removed it, which was a success. In order to treat his conjunctivitis, Vagabond was given eye drops (tobramycin) three times a day. To treat his rhinotracheitis, he was given azythromycin, a very strong macrolide antibiotic. He also received nasal flushes to decongest him and make him a little more comfortable during these treatments. After all this, the vet finally gave the green light for his sterilization and dental treatment.

On October 15, during his veterinary follow-up, we realized that these breathing difficulties were not

only due to his rhinotracheitis and his congested nose. Indeed, Vagabond also had pneumonia. He was therefore immediately put back on antibiotics. In addition to all this, Vagabond has digestive problems, he often has diarrhea, and is sometimes constipated. During his last follow-up, on November 12, new chest X-rays were taken to check if the pneumonia was over. The X-rays showed several small spots on his lungs. The vet wasn't sure, but he thought it could be

metastasis. The X-rays were sent to a specialist for interpretation. Vagabond does not have cancer but

rather pulmonary fibrosis. This is something that is sometimes seen in older cats. There is no treatment for it but it is not life threatening. Obesity increases his noisy breathing as it puts an extra strain on his lungs, so our next challenge will be to make him lose weight slowly. In order to provide him with the treatments and follow-ups he needs, we need support, which is why he was added to the sponsorship program.


FRANKIE

Frankie is a 4-year-old cat that arrived at ARN in March 2021. We took him in from another shelter that no longer had the means and resources to keep all of their cats. Frankie has the feline immunodeficiency virus, a virus that weakens the immune system in cats.

In his previous shelter, the beautiful tomcat spent almost a year in a cage because he was suffering from

a nasty rhinotracheitis (a viral disease very contagious to other cats). This disease is very common in cats, so after a veterinarian consultation, we started these treatments with doxycycline (oral antibiotic) for a month. After these treatments, and realizing that these symptoms were not improving, the vet recommended a respiratory PCR to find out which bacteria we were dealing

with. Therefore, he started treatments with azythromycin, a more potent macrolide antibiotic. He also received nasal flushes to decongest him and make him a little more comfortable during his treatments. Finally, in July, the vet recommended laser treatment for his chronic rhinotracheitis. He therefore received these treatments 3 times a week for 2 weeks. It was also not enough to defeat the virus. He is currently receiving maxitrol (eye and nasal drops used to reduce inflammation) in the muzzle every morning and evening, an antibiotic (Zenequin) once a day, and famciclovir (an antiviral drug) morning and evening. We are still not at the end of his rhinotracheitis. He has regular follow-ups with the vet. In order to provide him with the treatments and follow-ups he needs, we need support, which is why he was added to the sponsorship program.


ANGEL

Meet Angel, a new candidate in the sponsoring program. Angel suffers from diabetes, which makes her general health fragile. Her condition requires daily control of her levels, regular visits to the clinic, and a specialized diet to keep her healthy. Even if she hates needles (like all cats), Angel is always sweet and patient when we have to sample her blood for tests or inject her with insulin. She never bites the volunteers, and she allows them to do what they have to do, like a brave girl! She truly honors her name, she is a little angel. In order to provide her with everything she needs to stay healthy, we need financial support, that’s why she was added to the sponsoree list. She wants to join us to thank you for reading her profile, and for considering helping her! 


JOËL

We present you Joël, a new candidate of the sponsoree list. Down on his luck and living in the street, Joël finally caught a break when he encountered a nice lady who helps stray cats. On a cold winter day, he showed up to her door, exhausted and shivering. He spent many days resting in the outdoor house she installed for her little homeless friends, but eventually other stray cats attacked him to chase him away. Fortunately, his kind and social temper allowed the lady to bring him inside her house and keep him safe while she contacted us so we could come to get him and take over. Joël was sterilized, vaccinated, treated for parasites, and microchipped. Like many other stray cats, Joël tested positive for FIV, and because of the terrible state his teeth were in, they all had to be removed. A severe allergy was also just discovered causing redness and irritation to his skin. Despite his difficult beginnings and his fragile immune system, Joël still has the best attitude and the cutest smile, even without any teeth! On top of all the fees related to the procedures that he already has gone through, Joël will need regular visits to the clinic, medication and a specific diet. This is why we have decided to add him to the sponsoring candidates’ list. While waiting for his forever home, your precious help will allow Joël to finally enjoy the life he deserves, in a warm bed, with a full belly, and surrounded by love. He wants to join us to thank you and wish you a great day!


RUDOLPH

This is Rudolph, a handsome cat of about 7 years old. A little over a year ago, he was given to us by a lady who took him off the street. The poor man was thin, feverish, and very suspicious of humans. As Rudolph suffers from IVF, his immune system is very fragile. He has had a difficult year and had to visit the vet quite often, three times just for a rhino that was not healing. He also had to fight the calicivirus, an uphill battle considering his fragile system. Poor Rudolph also has bad teeth, so he had to undergo surgery to remove the badly spoiled teeth a few months ago. Unfortunately, he still suffers from oral problems, including stomatitis, so he will have to return to surgery soon to have all of his remaining teeth removed. We hope that all these obstacles will stay behind him, because he deserves to have a smoother life, especially after living on the streets, without love and without family. Although shy Rudolph is starting to realize that we are there to help him, and as he feels better he is more open to the world around him. When he arrived he was running away from the volunteers and didn’t seem to like our presence (sometimes we have to manipulate him to give him treatments, drugs, etc.), but little by little, and with the efforts of the socialization team, Rudolph is curious and tolerates the care we give him much better. With time, the proper care of volunteers, and the support of caring sponsors, Rudolph can finally begin to enjoy the great cat life he deserves - a life filled with love, comfort and hugs.


ISABELLA-SUZIE & GUIMAUVE

Guimauve (born in 2009) and Isabella-Suzie (born in 2003) got to the shelter separately. They were never adopted because they are fearful cats who don't like the human touch. Years have passed with them being in different rooms. Over time, Isabella-Suzie was diagnosed with renal insufficiency and a heart murmur which meant she needed supplements. At some point, in order to facilitate Guimauve's socialization process, volunteers noticed the beginning of a love story between Guimauve and Isabella-Suzie! They were often seen cuddling together. The socialization team continues to do its best to make them social but in the meantime, at least, they got each other.