Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy Tail: Hermione

By Jamie Emming, Satellite Adoption Manager

When Hermione came into HSSV, her first stop was straight to our vet hospital. The stray calico kitty looked very skinny and had difficulty breathing at times. Her patchwork fur was a tapestry marred by fleas and her mouth revealed teeth in need of a serious cleaning. Having come to us in such poor condition, our first priority was to get the tiny fluff ball to gain weight and recover from the kitty cold she’d picked up while outside.

After a couple weeks and half a pound heavier, it was time to clean up that dirty mouth. Once inside we also removed two small lumps from her tongue to be sent off to a laboratory for testing. The results came back as eosinophilic granuloma, which is a cluster of white blood cells that appear because of an allergic reaction or to fight off a parasite. This was a big relief, as Hermione had no other symptoms and had made a full recovery. We knew what the lumps were and could tell her new family what to expect if they ever came back. Now we just needed to find her a home.

A six year old cat with a mysterious history may seem like a challenge for other organizations, but at HSSV we were able to find Hermione’s perfect match in just 10 days. Her adopters, Heather and Tony, tell us they “fell in love with her the first moment we saw her.” What we didn’t know was that when Hermione felt better she would use that extra energy to snuggle with her human companions. Heather tells us that she is grateful every day that they found each other. Thanks to our medical and adoption teams at HSSV, Hermione can start the New Year off healthy and happy in her new home.

Are you looking to give an animal an new start for the new year? Come by any of our three locations and adopt today!

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