From Trash to Treasure
Kittens born to outside cats are born in all kinds of places – sheds, abandoned cars, and even dumpsters. On Saturday morning, August 25th, 2012, one of FieldHaven Feline Center’s longtime volunteers, Diane H, received a phone call from the local dump informing her that one of its workers had found a small kitten on the sorting belt. It had most likely fallen out of a dumpster and ended up on the belt. They knew to call Diane because she has been working with employees for years trapping cats and rescuing kittens that end up at the refuse transfer center. Diane quickly headed out to the dump and was given a small orange and white kitten. Once secure in a carrier, Diane brought him out to the shelter for evaluation.
Hungry and covered in fleas, this little boy needed warmth and a little bit of food right away. FieldHaven staff quickly set about doing a complete assessment on this kitten, soon to be named Zachary. Once he was warmed up and had a little food in his belly, he settled down enough to have his physical completed. It was then that we discovered Zachary had two very swollen paws. Worried that his toes were broken, arrangements were made for a trip to one of our veterinary partners. X-rays revealed that Zachary had fractures in his right front paw and left rear paw. He was prescribed a little bit of pain medication and lots of cage rest.
Safely back at FieldHaven, Zachary was gently bathed to rid his little body of fleas, dirt and oil. Once dry, he was placed in a nice warm bed to rest. Before long he was contently purring away.
Have you ever tried to keep a young, energetic kitten quiet? It wasn’t easy to do but there is a veterinary saying that "All you have to do is put two cat bones in the same room and they will heal together." Within a short period of time little Zachary was walking normally and would soon be available for adoption. And adopted he was!
The couple that adopted Zachary was looking for a young cat to add to their family. They had just lost their beloved cat to a sudden stroke and were heartbroken. Even their very sweet yellow lab Wilma was also grieving. Their hope was that Zachary, now named Ollie, would love their home and heal their hearts. It was a "dream come true" for everyone. Within days Ollie was sleeping next to Wilma. They now share everything, even their food bowls. And at the end of the day, Zachary climbs the stairs and sleeps under the covers with his new family. A true "Trash to Treasure" happy ending!
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