Last year, over 500 animals made their way to Fat Kitty City from helpless situations, including impending death. The latter is due to overcrowding in our local shelters. Shorty, a beautiful Siberian cat, was one of hundreds of victims slated to be euthanized.
To the left is a recent photo of Shorty in his foster home; he is being cared for under our Kitties for Companionship program. Because of another program called the Elf Fund, our supporters are able to help us provide medical care to animals like Shorty that otherwise would not stand a chance.
Shortly after he arrived at Fat Kitty City, it was discovered that Shorty had a heart murmur and that his heart rate was irregular. He was put on heart medication and seemed to improve. He was then adopted out to a family that returned him a few months later because of allergies. They had stopped his medication because he was sleeping most, if not all, day long. However, when he came back to Fat Kitty City, we reduced the dosage and placed him back on the medications, since his heart rate was still abnormal.
Shorty seemed to be doing pretty well and so we put him up for adoption under our Kitties for Companionship program. Corinne, an elderly woman, decided to foster him, which was definitely meant to be. Unfortunately, after he arrived at her home, he started losing weight and not eating. We thought it might be stress, related to going to a new home, but we found out (through several vet visits) that he had developed hyperthyroidism, which might have had something to do with his heart issues.
After many vet visits (too many to mention), we were finally able to get his medications adjusted to the correct dosage and with determination and much diligence, Corinne was there at every turn, (which was more bumpy then anticipated).
The good news is that Shorty now weighs 11 pounds (he has gained 2-3 pounds in the last few months) and looks fantastic! He sleeps with Corinne, plays with her and they share a bond that is hard to put into words.
It always comes back to saving lives. Each life is so important and so unique. Not only was Shorty’s life saved (literally) but he has made Corinne’s life more enriched and given her a desire to keep going. Without the Kitties for Companionship program and the Elf Fund, Corinne would not have had the finances to take care of a companion animal.
We are helping both people and animals. It doesn’t get any better then that.