IMHS donors and volunteer veterinary staff recently provided extra care to six special-needs homeless cats and pups and their road to recovery has already led three of them into new lifetime homes, while three others are sitting in our “rest area” waiting for somebody driven to adopt a new loving animal. Could it be you?
Nelson is a friendly 4 year old DSH brown tabby who can personally testify to the dangers faced by all outside cats. Poor Nelson arrived at IMHS with a nasty puncture wound that had been untreated for more than a week while his owners tried to figure out how to afford veterinary care. Since that was not an option, they surrendered Nelson to IMHS. When he arrived, Nelson was lethargic and running a fever of 105.5F! IMHS volunteer veterinary staff immediately provided pain medication for this suffering cat, clipped the hair around the wound, and then applied a topical treatment with a medicated wrap and also helped Nelson fight off infection with oral antibiotics. We’ve taken “before” photos in case anyone needs to be convinced that cats should never be let outside unattended, and hope that the “after” picture of this handsome boy will lead a loving person to adopt him!
Annie and Mica were the subjects of a previous post, and we’re delighted to let you know that these two 8-month kelpie pups were adopted by a compassionate person willing to follow up with a dermatologist on their care. They found their new lifetime home after being spayed and receiving weeks of medical care to treat their chronically poor (greasy, smelly, itchy) skin including special diet, injectable and oral treatments to relieve itching and infection, and weekly medicated baths.
It seemed like the end of the road for Hanna, a lynx-point Siamese cat, when she came into one of our partner shelters. She was deemed ineligible for adoption due to her age and medical conditions. We declare that Hanna is adoptable, and we’re waiting for somebody to walk through the shelter door and prove us right. Our wonderful volunteer veterinary staff used ultrasounds to determine that the lumpy belly she has results from inoperable cysts growing on her liver. She’s only about 8 years old, but most importantly she lives each day as if it were the best yet. Hanna enjoys a free-roaming lifestyle in the office and in the shelter’s cat room and is often seen “helping” with IMHS office tasks but she wouldn’t mind receiving hospice in a home environment. In return for your adoption fee, she’ll provide you with purrs and plenty of laughs!
10-wk old cattle dog mix pups Wendy and Puck were feverish and very ill after transport from an overcrowded Colorado shelter that thought they might be incubating an unknown virus. They both received a week of intensive care treatment at IMHS on intravenous fluids, vitamin supplements, antibiotics, and cage rest. They responded well and soon started to act like normal happy pups, and after another week of special medications they were ready to bound into their new home. Just this past week, we’re happy to report that their new lifetime homes arrived!
These are just a few of the lucky animals whose care was exceptional, and the extraordinary support of IMHS donors and volunteers makes it all possible. Thank you!