Stray Thoughts 2020 Volume 2 Spring 2020 Newsletter_Digital
News, Events & Adoption Information
Grounds & Hounds
Ways to Give
Ready for a Home
Letters from Adopters
Ask the Trainer
Pet Watch with Dr. Main
Petals for Pets Plant Sale
Stray Thoughts is an official
publication of the West
Suburban Humane Society,
a not-for-profit, volunteer-
based animal shelter.
No city, state, or federal
funds support WSHS.
Donations are tax
deductible as allowed
by law. Please call
(630) 960-9600, ext. 25 to
submit articles or receive
1901 W. Ogden Avenue,
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: (630) 960-9600
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Big Tom Deserves Big Love
t was a cold, winter day in late January
when we received a call about a stray cat.
He showed up on the doorstep of a good
samaritan and begged to be let in out of
the cold. The family took him in and kept
him for a week while they posted flyers
and went door to door looking for his
home. Unfortunately, they were not able to
locate his owner. They wanted to keep him
but one of their daughters turned out to be
allergic so they contacted the shelter and
asked if we could help.
He was so big, that we gave him the name
Big Tom. Because he was a stray, we
had no idea of his age or health, so we
had one of our vets do a complete exam
including a blood and urine work up. Tom
was estimated to be around 10 years old
and badly in need of a dental. The more
troubling news was that during the exam,
the vet found a significant heart murmur.
Big Tom needed to see a cardiologist
about his heart before he could undergo
anesthesia for his teeth, so we found him
a foster home to wait for his appointment
with the cardiologist.
Once he had his echocardiogram, it was
determined that Big Tom has hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy but without knowing any
medical history, it cannot be determined
how quickly the disease will or will not
advance. The cardiologist cleared Big
Tom for his dental provided he was on
antibiotics for 5 days before the procedure.
Before we could get the appointment
scheduled, Big Tom developed an upper
respiratory infection. He was given 2 weeks
of medication and just when he was well,
he began having litter box accidents, so he
went back to the vet again.
This time we were dealt a big blow. Big
Tom was diagnosed with diabetes. His diet
was changed to one that is good for cats
with diabetes in the hope that he would
not require insulin. Unfortunately, Big Tom
does require insulin and is currently still in
the process of getting his glucose levels
stabilized. Once he is stable, he can begin
the antibiotics and then have his much-
needed dental surgery.
As you can imagine, all these treatments
are costly, but the shelter never turns its
back on an animal in need. WSHS has a
proven history of treating and caring for
sick and injured animals that many other
shelters are unable to. These animals have
no one except us to advocate for them.
With your support, we can continue this
mission and help other animals in need
that make their way to our doors.
Once Big Tom’s glucose levels are
stabilized and he has his dental, he will be
available for adoption. We know it is going
to take a special person to adopt a cat with
ongoing medical issues, but Big Tom is
worth it. He is a sweet, laid back guy that
deserves to find a loving home of his own.
From Big Tom and the staff and volunteers
of West Suburban Humane Society, we
humbly thank you for considering a
donation. Your donation can and does