June is “Adopt a Shelter Cat Month,” and we’re celebrating by sharing the happy tails of four of our very own fabulous feline friends: Fawn, Veronicat, Chardonnay and Kick Off! Here are their stories:
Fawn lived injured on the streets for at least two weeks before she was brought to the Humane Society in late February. Our veterinary staff took X-rays and found she had a severe fracture in her right front leg and fragments from a pellet gun in her elbow and chest. Despite her suffering, Fawn was sweet and loving to all our medical staff! The broken leg was amputated, and after she healed and recovered, Fawn was ready for adoption. Less than two weeks later, she was adopted and joined a family with one other cat. Now, Fawn has human and feline family members to call her own!
Veronicat was one of our long-term residents. She was transferred to the Humane Society from the city’s municipal shelter in mid-May 2019. Her very outgoing and playful personality endeared our staff to her from the minute she arrived. She loves toys and would chase laser pointers tirelessly. Her spunky personality was best suited for a family without other animals, which can sometimes take longer to find. This resilient girl was adopted just three days short of a one-year stay! Her new name is Amore, and her family is thrilled by their newest feline family member.
Chardonnay was brought to us as a stray on April 3. She was severely dehydrated and unable to walk without stumbling. The Humane Society’s medical staff kept her comfortable and hand-fed her until she was able to eat on her own. After a few days of rest, good food, fluids and ear infection treatment, Chardonnay was able to stand and move around. X-rays showed some abnormal vertebrae in her spine, but no major injuries, and her mobility continued to improve. Once she was able to walk and jump with only minor balance problems, Chardonnay moved to the adoption center where she found her forever home! Now named Helena, she is thriving with her new family.
Kick Off was transferred to the Humane Society on Halloween of 2019 from a city shelter. She had runny eyes and congestion that just wouldn’t go away. Once at the Humane Society, Kick Off got a thorough exam, including X-rays that revealed she was suffering from asthma. She was prescribed medicine and given dust-free litter to prevent future flare-ups. Over the next six months, her lungs healed, and she was finally able to breathe well again. Without congestion and constant discomfort, Kick Off is a loving, laid-back kitty who greeted visitors and enjoyed getting petted. Kick Off was adopted in March, and is the center of attention in her very own family.
Did you know that due to overcrowding in municipal shelters, around 860,000 cats are euthanized each year? You can change a rescued animal’s life by simply donating, fostering, adopting or volunteering at The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. Check out our adoptable pets and learn more about how your support can make a difference in the lives of injured, sick and abused animals throughout the Mid-South.