Monday, August 17, 2009

Saving Doodle

Sometimes in rescue you're called to go above and beyond, to come together, to exhaust yourself, to test your emotional strength. This is one of those times.

Sweet Doodle came to us after a kind stranger found her and her kittens underneath a dumpster. They rushed the little feline clan to the vet, where all were diagnosed with FIV (which, in a nutshell, is feline HIV, when their immune system is compromised).

The kittens will be fine, but Doodle was in rough shape; she had been nursing her kittens and gave them all her milk and nutrients, which with a kitty who's very skinny in the first place, leaves little for herself. She's really dirty and her poor ears were infested with ear mites--generations of them. The itching must have been unbearable for her.

Still, Doodle immediately jumped up and begged us to pet her every time she'd see us - spinning in circles with delight and purring up a storm. What joy it must've been to her to be in a safe place where she had food whenever she wanted it.

We took Doodle into OARS and go her all the care, food and love that she needed for recovery. She seemed to be progressing slowly but steadily.

Then Sunday we lost a kitten who was in the same foster room with her to a strange respiratory condition; not sure if it was a heart defect. Then about a half a day later, Doodle became depressed and lethargic, and has stopped eating on her own.

We are trying to shower Doodle with love and affection to help give her the strength to go on...we want her so badly to survive...she deserves to be strong and beautiful and happy for the rest of her life. She's hanging in there for now...think good thoughts for Doodle please...

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