The angel in question would be the departed soul of the person who left two cats behind, because I have to believe they would have done things MUCH differently if they had known what would befall these two once they lost their home.
Readers may recall the story of Cocoa Puffs, who entered DuPage Animal Shelter with Fruitloops in July 2014 where they sat on the adoption floor for several months before PACT Humane Society took them into their care hoping a new venue would get them fresh looks and a forever home.
As the original post explained, Cocoa Puffs really struggled with grief early on and his health flagged to the point that the pair was separated to give a Fruitloops a chance at finding a home since Cocoa Puffs' future looked uncertain.
Cocoa Puffs is doing just fine now, handsome as can be and still patiently waiting for a forever home a full 15 months after the death of his owner.
Fruitloops, on the other hand, is in a world of hurt that none of us ever saw coming.
Separating the pair did mean that 6 y.o. Fruitloops was able to find a home this past April, but this week she has returned to PACT after having been dumped by her new owner at animal control.
Why was she dumped?
The adopter, in direct violation of the adoption contract, opted to subject Fruitloops to declaw surgery. All. Four. Paws.
And for reasons I am sure I will never understand, the owner was given the option to provide post surgical pain medication and refused.
Back in the day, declaw surgery was considered standard practice but thanks to educational efforts such as those done by The Paw Project, the public is increasingly more educated about what this surgery actually entails. This is not a 'simple' removal of nails, but is, in fact, the amputation of the last digit of the toes.
While the surgery remains legal in the U.S. in all but a handful of cities in California, the practice is increasingly frowned upon, particularly the older a cat becomes. And yet, at age six, Fruitloops was subjected to twenty bone amputations and denied pain relief.
In her suffering, two predictable things happened: The owner reported she had difficulty using her litter box (because rough grains of litter are painful for tender paws) and she got nippy. I can only presume the last was in response to an inhumane owner attempting to force her into her litter box or provoking a pain response in some similar fashion.
While PACT, a no-kill organization who considers their animals 'family' and will take back animals if needed, the owner, having blatantly violated their adoption contract and causing her suffering, did not bring Fruitloops back to them. They opted instead to dump her at an open admission control facility, placing her at risk for euthanasia; a risk not insignificant depending on how her pain level combined with the stress of shelter kenneling might have affected her behavior.
Luckily, PACT was still registered on Fruitloops' microchip and she is once again in their care where she is receiving much love from devastated volunteers. She is in the same free roaming cat room as Cocoa Puffs, but, sadly, it does not appear that they recognize each other.
Now what Fruitloops needs is an experienced foster or adoptive home for much needed TLC and healing.
Can you help (or share to help us find someone who can)? Here is what we can tell you about her now.
Regarding her behavior, PACT reports this girl, who had a very loving temperament when last in their care, has not demonstrated any nipping or aggressive behavior.
Fruitloops is not able to explore the room as freely as she might as foot tenderness is preventing her from climbing the jungle of cat towers. She is tentative about litter, making approaches to enter the litter box but not stepping in (as of this writing). They are currently evaluating her pain and pain management options.
**There ARE soft litters available, if needed, but the concern in the free-roaming room is that the other cats will preferably use the softer litter as well. Due to relative cost, it is not practical for the rescue to provide for the entire room, making the logistics of providing Fruitloops with this option difficult to achieve. A foster home environment would be ideal to help her adjust to life as a declawed cat while an adoptive home is sought.
Please contact PACT if you are able to assist this sweet girl (or are interested in adopting patient Cocoa Puffs). And again, your shares DO help cast a wider net for animals in need, so thank you for your consideration in that regard.
Want to make sure your pets don't end up in harm's way should you become unable to care for them?
Here is a good article on how to get started planning for your pet's future.
This page has a great deal of excellent information and some questions you should definitely be asking yourself.
Here's more info on declawing and The Paw Project:
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