Homes for the Holidays
Handicats need homes, too!
Special needs cats are hard to place because people generally want "the perfect" pet - but as all long-time pet owners know, pets are perfect because of who they are not because they're always healthy forever or act exactly how we want them to. Any pet regardless of breed, age, or circumstance deserves love and a home to call their own.
We have a number of cats in the shelter at the moment who are considered special needs, and I want to highlight these handicats in hopes they finally get a second chance this holiday season. We've been able to place some of our more famous handicats recently (earless Vinny Van Gogh is now the office cat at WoodPond Vet!) but these lovable felines are still waiting.
Desi and Sprit - Desi (shorthair) was an orphan at less than a week old. It's pretty certain his mom was hit by a car. He came into the shelter tiny and vulnerable with a littermate who didn't survive, so he was placed with a mom who had a litter of similar age. This litter included Sprit (longhair) and Molly. Desi was accepted into the litter as one of their mom's own, but before they hit weaning age they all came down with a virus. Despite immediate treatment the infection affected the cornea development in Desi and Sprit's eyes, leaving Sprit looking blind and Desi with one eye "blind" eye. They both see well enough and love to be held and cuddled. They're about 6-7 months old now and spend their days running around the sun room and towards any person who comes in, looking for snuggles and play. They’d be playful, loving additions to any home.
Molly – Sprit’s sister (about 6-7 months old), she was affected by the virus in a different way. Initially thought to have escaped any long-term effects, this lovable ball of fluff has developed chronic sinus issues. She’s sniffly and sneezy even without active infection (though we keep her isolated to be safe). The poor dear just wants to run and play and snuggle but can’t do that until she’s in a home. She’s vocal and loves attention.
Terk – This big lovable house panther is about a year old. He was adopted from the shelter as a kitten but returned recently when his sinus issues over the last several months turned out to be a permanent health consideration. He is healthy now, but due to his history may have sinus issues arise that require vet care. He loves other cats, is talkative, loves treats, and is just an all-around amazing dude.
Jinxie – This big girl is about 4 years old. She has gained a lot of weight due to her pushy nature (she steals other cat’s food whenever given the chance) and has an attitude but she loves attention and is very vocal. We’ve tried various mood supplements since she came to the shelter but they don’t seem to work and she doesn’t like being around all of the other animals. She was previously in a home where she had to hide from dogs, so her attitude is based on fear and previous experience. She’ll choose the humans she’ll tolerate, but we’re hoping she’ll give someone a chance for a more long-term arrangement.
Morris – Morris is infamous at the shelter for his “rreows” that echo from the cat room into the office. He is on thyroid medication. He has a history of PTSD that means he can be unpredictable. There are a few who he allows close, and he spent some time in a home where he absolutely adored his people but couldn’t tolerate other animals. He’ll need to be an only cat in a quiet home where he’ll get his meds and lots of understanding and patient love. He’s not quite 8 years old according to what his previous owner told us when he first came to the shelter.