One Determined Cat!
Tripp came to Seattle Animal Shelter with a lame front left leg, broken teeth, ears full of gunk, and was malnourished. He was quite skittish of people too. After careful assessment it was determined his front leg needed to be amputated. Before his surgery he went into foster care. He was with his loving care takers for a couple of weeks prior to surgery to get him used to humans and his temporary space. Every day more and more time was spent with him. He eventually came out of his shell and became quite the love bug! His foster parents were nervous that the amputation would make him skittish of people again, but it did not. He came home the next day out of surgery and he could jump and run without his leg dragging behind him…pure freedom! He recovered beautifully. It was so gratifying for his foster parents to watch his spectacular progress.
Just about the time they thought they could put him up for adoption he was diagnosed with Diabetes. There were a lot of vet appointments, supplies (meters, test strips, lancets) and A LOT of education for his foster parents. He was started with a low dose of Insulin….and gradually the levels had to keep increasing. At one point he was up to 5 units, 2 times/day….it was a lot. They were told from the beginning that cats can actually reverse their Diabetes. They had their doubts…but after several months, his numbers started to go down and so is the amount of insulin he is being given! Things are finally starting to look up for this little guy…and by the way, he’s not so little any more!
Through every vet procedure and every ear prick Tripp goes through twice a day to get blood, he purrs. He is just so happy to be loved. His foster parents feel privileged to have had the opportunity to foster him. He has taught them much. Many other shelters would have looked at a cat like that and put him down…but because of the Save the Animals Fund, he is thriving. Without generous donations to HTAF his $3000.00 in vet bills would not have been paid and allowed him to thrive. Full of love and a little bit of the devil, he even likes playing with the foster families’ dog. Thanks to this fund and his foster care, he will be ready for adoption soon. For the first time in a long time, this little guy has a light at the end of his tunnel.