SPECIAL NEEDS

Definition of spe•cial. From the dictionary
better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual

The felines we have in this category are truly special. Despite possible obstacles of pain, disabilities, fear or even against odds of them surviving, they teach us how to made the best of any issues they face.  They are resilient and brave and deserve any special help we can provide them. 

These animals in need have obstacles such as being blind, losing one or more legs, being deaf, suffering great trauma, or just never having any kind human contact.  With caring help, we almost universally see these wonderful animals rebound more than most of us would expect. We have seen blind cats and kittens run through a house and around furniture.  Cats who have lost one leg, don’t seem to notice. Terrified cats are now lap cats all due to the extra time and effort people have given them.

The people who have given these animals ‘forever homes’ say their lives and outlooks have changed with the growth of their companion’s relationships.

These animals are worthy of our extra care and patience. We hope to find all of them the forever home they deserve and need.

 

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Kaya   Beautiful Kaya came to us a while ago after her owners were no longer able to care for her.  They let us know that she occasionally had some stomach issues, but it appeared to be under control.  Unfortunately, Kaya’s condition appeared worse than we realized to begin with.

Since her arrival, staff and volunteers have provided extra support to Kaya by keeping her in one of our offices to help reduce her stress and maintain a watchful eye on her health. Despite numerous laboratory and physical exams, medication trials, diet changes, and stress reduction strategies, Kaya’s health issues have not been fully diagnosed nor managed.

The vets decided the next best step is to get an ultrasound done for Kaya.  Because Animal Outreach is committed to Kaya (and all of our kitties), we will schedule her ultrasound for this week through our friends at a local animal hospital (name available soon).  We hope we will have answers soon on how best to help her recover or manage her condition.

As we all know providing this level of care is a costly endeavor, any financial support that you can offer is deeply appreciated and will not only go towards covering Kaya’s costs, but also any future cats that need extra help on their way towards finding a new home.

 

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Reyna was the only kitten to survive after her too‐young mother abandoned her at only two days old. She initially was taken into foster care (part of our shelter program) as a neonatal bottle baby who required feedings every two hours. Despite a her rocky start, and with a few weeks of constant loving care, she began to thrive and eventually was able to transfer to another foster mom as a “mush baby”, requiring soft food but no longer a bottle. This gave Reyna a chance to socialize and get exposure with more people and gave the original bottle-baby foster a chance to take in more kittens like Reyna.

The foster teamwork, and Reyna’s persistence paid off and she soon reached the magic two pounds required for her to be spayed. Reyna was adopted out shortly after to a loving family who continue to adore this little “queen.”