Dear Friend and Sponsor, It is with great sympathy that we relay this latest news about our tiny Sponsor kitty, Bean. When a loved one passes, it is often very difficult to make sense of it all. We are left to grieve in their absence, and sometimes we feel compelled to ponder if we could have prevented their untimely passing in any way or what we could have done better. Bean joined the Animal League’s Sponsor Program in 2008. Sweet little Bean was a tiny domestic shorthair cat who weighed only 1 3/4 lbs. She was 8 months old when she came to North Shore Animal League America with her littermate, Jelly. Jelly was a full-sized kitten and did not have any medical conditions, so she was able to be placed for adoption right away. Bean, on the other hand, needed special care. Bean’s growth had been stunted, though we were unsure as to exactly why. In addition to being teeny, Bean had elevated liver valves. She required regular monitoring and regular examinations to further research her condition. Bean was medicated and on a special diet to get her weight up, and to aid in liver function. Sadly, in her last weeks, Bean’s condition worsened. Bean was not acting like herself and started showing signs of neurological disorder. She was more wobbly than usual and began having problems navigating her food bowl. While her appetite was ravenous, Bean was not able to eat enough to maintain her weight. Her health declined rapidly. Bean passed away before her first birthday. Our heart goes out to her wonderful foster mother and to all of her caring sponsors. Though Bean’s days were few, they were full – full of love and full of life. Sincerely,The Sponsor Team
Archive for September, 2008
Stella continues to be a chirpy little girl. She sounds the alarm – her barking – sometimes as early as 4 am to wake up her foster mother. Stella simply loves to watch her feed the birds in the yard and the second her foster mom opens to screen door to go into the yard to do so, Stella makes a run for it. She gallops around in the grass for quite some time while the birds fill up on seed before she’s ready to retreat back inside. Then she usually cuddles up next to her best friend Sasha for some extra zzz’s.
Pablo, including his tiny sisters Venus and Carmen, is doing just marvelously. All three of the pups are continually improving in their wheel carts as they coast around both in the front and back yard! Pablo has been walking the most and his ability to walk in the cart has significantly improved. This daily activity usually tuckers Pablo and his sisters out, which means they need to catch up on their sleep. Pablo’s adoptive family often catches all three of these adorable pups napping together under a blanket. When he’s not asleep Pablo can be caught putting up a fuss during bath time, which is his least favorite part of the day.
Lately, Jules has been showing signs that he is not interested in grooming himself. He has been looking bedraggled and getting some matted hair patches in his long coat. That means his foster family has to take care of the grooming. They are back to brushing him a few times each week and seeking him out from under the bed for his nightly “rubdowns.” Jules, of course, protests and tries to dig his claws into the carpet. When it’s over, Jules continues to complain about it using a peculiar high pitched chirp or kitty “bark” that he emits wandering around the apartment while they sleep.
Cleo is usually exceptionally good about not jumping up on the dining room table, but for some reason she kept hopping up during a dinner visit with some company. After several frustrating minutes of jumping up and shooing her away, it dawned on her family that as the Lady of the House, Cleo might just want to join them as they ate with their company. With that in mind, they gathered up several pillows and piled them high enough on a chair so that she could see the table. Sure enough, she hopped right up on them and did lie down while watching them quite contently. What a hostess!
Penny continues to be a good sport with taking her daily fluids and rarely puts up a fight. She also continues to be rambunctious and playful. Her foster parent has made sure to provide Penny, and her friend Zippy, with additional toys and scratching posts. He is hoping that this will help ensure that both Penny and Zippy keep their paws off of the furniture. This plan seems to be working and the toys with cat nip seem to be keeping Penny pretty busy. She usually tires herself out with all her rigorous play and instead of scratching the couch; she jumps up on it to take a nap.
For her asthma and heart murmur, Avida takes two puffs twice a day from a flovent inhaler and is also on a natural anti-inflammatory once a day. Though she coughs intermittently, she’s doing well on her inhaler and knows how to convey that an asthma attack is coming. In addition, Avida has also had about 75-80% of her teeth extracted.
Avida will need medical care and treatment for the rest of her life which should be long and happy as long as she doesn’t have a life-threatening asthma attack. Avida lives in a caring foster home and is a very loveable cat. None of her illnesses stop her from being a frisky little kitty, and the Animal League is happy to care for all of her needs.
Rockstar is a fun and friendly Sharpei/German Shepherd mix. His loving and sweet personality makes you fall in love with him the moment you meet him. This handsome canine joined the Animal League’s life-saving Sponsor Program in 2008.
Rockstar was originally adopted as a puppy and later returned to the Animal League in 2007 after the previous owners reported that Rockstar had a seizure. He had a comprehensive physical examination, blood work and urine testing. The results of these tests indicated that Rockstar had a disorder of his liver called a Porto Systemic Shunt (PSS). A PSS is caused by abnormal blood flow thru the liver. The abnormal blood flow caused toxin buildup in his body that resulted in seizures. At the time of his initial workup, Rockstar was also found to have bladder stones, which is also a common occurrence in dogs with PSS. Rockstar was also found to have an ocular condition called entropion where the eyelid margins roll inward causing irritation to his corneas. Left untreated, entropion can result in corneal scarring and even blindness.
Rockstar was evaluated by a team of veterinarians that specialize in internal medicine, ophthalmology, and surgery and the good news was that Rockstar’s conditions of a PSS, bladder stones and entropion would carry a good prognosis if surgery was performed. Rocky underwent four separate surgeries between 5/08 – 8/08 to fix his liver, bladder, and eye conditions and he has recovered fantastically! He was a trooper during his recovery period, always wagging and willing to take his many medications.
He is on a special diet and liver supplement for his liver condition and will need to stay on this special diet for his entire life. This combination of a special diet and liver supplements will help his liver remain healthy and prevent any worsening of hepatic microvascular dysplasia which is a common sequella to PSS. We anticipate that with proper veterinary care and follow-up, Rockstar will live a full and happy life. We would like to welcome Rockstar to the Sponsor Program, and we look forward to caring for him forever. He gained many fans here at the Animal League during his hospitalization. This is one Rockstar who knows how to draw a crowd!
We are happy to report that medically, Kobe is feeling well. His foster mother tells us that he’s still at war with a couple of the other cats in the household and that she is still working hard to keep the peace among them. When they do decide to settle down, Kobe’s favorite spot to relax is on the window sill in the front window of the house which looks onto the street. He loves to watch the passersby and of course any animal activity, such as squirrels, birds and dogs! His foster family has affectionately named him their watch cat!
Fritz seemed to recover well from his last upper respiratory infection. Unfortunately, he began to sneeze again and his family made sure to take care of this right away. Fritz was put on antibiotics once again and was also prescribed vitamin C. Luckily, Fritz bounced back quickly and has continued to take vitamin C, which seems to work wonders for this little pup. But the thing that seemed to put a real pep in Fritz’s step was a cool new haircut – nice and short. He loved showing it off outside in the yard and during his walks.