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It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to a new candidate for the sponsoring program, the beautiful Rupi. Living on a farm in horrible conditions, this young 2 year old cat had to face harsh challenges on a daily basis. When she arrived at the shelter, we realized how bad her general condition was and had to bring her to the vet clinic immediately to have her evaluated and stabilized. This poor cat was very dirty, full of parasites, and her coat was matted ant filled with tight knots. She was skin and bones, dehydrated, she had frostbites on her ears and the tip of her tail showed necrosis. She had conjunctivitis in both eyes and was very congested. Her ears were filled with pus due to severe infection, one of her ear-drums was even ruptured. Needless to say, Rupi could not continue to fight on her own and needed major help. At the clinic, she was rehydrated, she received intravenous antibiotics and all the treatments she needed to get stabilized. We were pleased to learn that her vital organs were not affected and that she quickly started to eat again on her own. Back at the shelter, Rupi quickly adapted, and even if she was not used to human contact, she showed us trust and resilience and melted all of our hearts. She is really calm, sweet and affectionate with all the volunteers. With some time and the right care, there is a good chance that her ear-drum can be saved, so we keep our fingers crossed! Her numerous treatments are not always very pleasant to receive, but she is always patient and courageous, and her general condition is improving every day. All the medication, treatments, specialised food and follow up visits at the vet (plus her vaccination and sterilization once she is healthy and ready) are very costly, that’s why she was added to the list of cats available for the sponsoring program. With your support, we will be able to continue providing her with everything she needs to get healthy and stay that way. This little warrior deserves to live a happy life, surrounded with love and life’s little pleasures, far away from the hunger and the cold. She wants to join us to thank you for reading her story (that has only just begun), and wish you a great day!
This is Liv, a sweet and affectionate 4-year-old young cat. Abandoned by her family due to the costs of her medical care, Liv was in dire need of care when she arrived at the shelter. Due to severe allergies, she had developed serious skin problems which could degenerate at any time. The poor cat was so reactive to irritants that she was prone to severe skin infections from her lesions. She was therefore isolated and treated as soon as she arrived, but was unfortunately not out of the woods yet, as she contracted the calicivirus and a rhino. Fortunately, she eventually recovered from these complications, and she was able to be placed with a foster family. In this temporary home, Liv is fortunate to have reassuring stability and a loving home. She experiences less stress, her lifestyle is better controlled, and her diet and care are perfectly adapted to her specific needs. The host family, however, needs support to provide Liv with what she needs to stay healthy. In addition to specialized nutrition, Liv needs medication and regular vet visits so that her allergies are well controlled and she does not develop any complications. Her health issues aside, Liv is a perfect little cat. She is bursting with energy and love, and she loves hugs. With the support of benevolent sponsors and the good care of her foster family, Liv has a long and beautiful life ahead of her, and she intends to make the most of it! She joins us in thanking you for your interest in sponsorship, and greets you, between two purrs!
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.
Pumpkin is a stray cat, about 10 to 12 years old, who was rescued by Animal Rescue in late September. According to the neighborhood, he had been wandering since spring in the Rosemont district. He had a decrepit collar around his neck, but no microchip. We were contacted as he was not eating much and seemed increasingly in poor health. When Animal Rescue got there, they were easily able to catch him since he was far too weak to escape. Pumpkin went straight to the vet who found he was FIV, severely dehydrated, had feline calicivirus, and had gingivitis-stomatitis, which prevented him from feeding well. He also had severe anemia. He kept on salivating because of the appalling state of his mouth. The vet gave him intravenous antibiotics and Pumpkin was then transferred to RSA.
A day later, Pumpkin returned to the vet for a complete tooth extraction, to relieve him of his severe gingivitis-stomatitis. They also found a large ulcer in his left eye, along with a lump in his mouth, which could potentially be cancer of the tongue. After a biopsy, we were relieved to learn that it was not cancer. He also has rhinotracheitis (a virus affecting the respiratory tract), which is a side effect of his calicivirus. During this same visit, it was discovered that Pumpkin has one kidney that is larger than the other. We’re going to get him to do an ultrasound when he has beaten his calicivirus (one fight at a time!)
As if that weren't enough, Pumpkin has a 3/6 heart murmur, which is pretty significant. It could be related to these many health problems, but it could also be a sign of high blood pressure.
Pumpkin arrived at the shelter in early October, but we waited to add him to the sponsorship since we were far from sure he would make it through, given his condition. Today, although he is still far from being out of the woods, he has more good days than bad, and we really do all we can to make sure he is comfortable.
His last visit to the vet in early November brought some good news, but also some not so good. We were relieved to learn that our Warrior gained 320 grams in one week, which is a sign he is regaining his strength. His anemia is improving and his left eye ulcer has healed as well. On the other hand, he now has conjunctivitis in both eyes and an ulcer on his nose, which sometimes bleeds (a symptom related to his calicivirus). The vet recommended that we let this heal on its own, unless it is causing him breathing problems. So, we are watching this very closely.
The most worrying news is that he has a large lymph node on the right side of his neck (possibly due to infection or cancer). We will know more shortly.
Pumpkin fights every day. He receives fluids daily to keep him hydrated, and is given medication for these conjunctivitis. If you choose to sponsor our gentle warrior, you must be aware that he is still far from being out of the woods and although we are putting all the resources available to give him the maximum of luck, he has a long way to go.
Maggie arrived at the shelter shortly after the pandemic began. Maggie is a sweet and gentle cat. She likes to have her own space, but she also likes it when people come to her to give her pets. She is especially affectionate at feeding time! Maggie has chronic constipation issues, so she had surgery in February 2021 to remove part of her colon. Maggie is slowly recovering from her surgery and will soon be put up for adoption again in the hope that her surgery will finally allow her to find a forever family!
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.