Mitt, aka Mitt Romney Gandolf I, is a big, beautiful Siamese that has a spinal cord injury due to a broken tail. Having half a tail doesn’t slow him down – as you see, he is an avid rock climber! Mitt was a ‘touch-me-not’ until we found this wonderful food from Royal Canin called Calm. Four months on Calm and he is cuddling with humans and initiating head rubs. Although he has no problem with mobility, bladder and bowel issues are a big problem. Anxiety makes it even harder to express his bladder and bowel. For these reasons, he will likely be on medication the rest of his life – and he will be a sanctuary cat forever. We love watching him bloom and delight in having him with us!
On the morning of December 4, 2016, our niece, Katie, awoke to flames outside her window. She hurried down the stairs to rouse us, and we immediately took action to save the cats that stayed inside the house with us as their home and place of sanctuary.
The initial story was on two television stations and local newspapers. Three of the cats were missing at the time. Samaria found her way home after one month. Widget and Precious are still missing as of today, June 14, 2017. Click the links to see the coverage.
The local and national community stepped up in the weeks that followed with gifts and donations of money and practical items that we requested. The outpouring was both humbling and overwhelming – and greatly appreciated. As one who is a professional helper, being on the receiving end of the kindness and generosity was especially gratifying.
Updates will be posted as we rebuild and regroup.
What we know about special needs pets is that they are pets who need us; what we find is we need them too. And, they are special in the way that they love us.
Five years ago, Izzy, a flame-point Siamese-Manx mix entered Lakewood’s Angels with Paws shelter for the third time.
Another family had failed her.
Even though this happens to thousands of animals everyday, Izzy’s story is different and her adoption process was even more difficult.