Stray Thoughts 2018 Volume 4 Fall 2018 Stray Thoughts_Digital
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Our Mission: Giving Animals Like
Nadirah A Chance At A Happy Life
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t was a cold winter morning, when a good
samaritan looked out her window and
saw something huddled up against the side
of her house. She went outside to see what
it was and found Nadirah. It was obvious
that she had been living outside for a long
time and was in bad shape. She was skinny
and had a gaping wound on her neck. If
she had not been seen, she would have
likely frozen to death. That is how Nadirah
ended up at our shelter. On closer
inspection we realized that the wound was
from a collar that was embedded in her
neck. We rushed Nadirah to the vet where
she had surgery to remove it.
The collar was not the only issue Nadirah
had to deal with. She was severely
underweight, covered in fleas and FIV+. FIV
stands for feline immunodeficiency virus.
FIV typically causes a weakening of the
cat’s immune system. The odds were
stacked against her but we knew we
couldn’t give up on her.
After surgery, Nadirah went to a foster
home to recuperate. Finally, after 2 1/2
months, her neck had closed completely. A
lot of medical intervention and home care
gave this FIV+ girl a chance to heal faster.
Nadirah also gained 1 1/2 pounds since
being rescued from outside. At last, with
her fur growing back, a full belly, complete
range of motion in her neck and not
feeling like she is being strangled, Nadirah
could show her loving side.
Nadirah is back from foster care and ready
to find her forever home. Because she is
FIV+ she cannot live with another cat so she
is currently living in my office. She is a huge
cuddler and adores attention! She is also
very playful and loves to bat around her toy
mouse. She is such a great cat, I can’t
believe she hasn’t been snatched up yet! I
will miss her when she is adopted but she
deserves to have a home of her very own.
WSHS has a proven history of treating and
caring for countless sick and injured
animals that other shelters won’t. These
animals have no one but us to advocate for
them. With your support, we can continue
this mission of compassionate care for
animals in need.
From the bottom of our hearts we thank
you for your continued support!