“Star” was one of more than 20 cats that came to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center in September, after being removed from an overcrowding situation in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Star’s journey has been lengthy, but she has displayed remarkable perseverance and is hoping to find her new home just in time for the holidays.
Like many cats from this type of situation, Star was diagnosed with a severe upper respiratory infection. But while overcoming this hurdle, Star was not done confronting medical difficulties.
A thorough veterinary examination by ARL’s shelter medicine staff revealed a nasopharyngeal polyp, as well as strabismus.
A nasopharyngeal polyp is a benign growth that can extend into either the ear canal or the throat area. It’s likely the polyp was caused by previous inflammation or viral infection.
Strabismus is a condition where the eyes do not properly align with each other. The condition can occur in any direction; in Star’s case, her eyes turn upward and outward.
Star’s polyp was successfully removed, and she did require time in a foster home to allow her to heal in a quiet and peaceful environment.
Sweet and Shy
When Star arrived at ARL, she had a very sweet disposition, and was constantly seeking attention and purring.
Following her polyp removal, her behavior changed slightly, particularly upon returning from foster care. Star was now more reserved, shy, and unsure of new people.
The reason for this behavior change is unknown, but continuing to show her resilience, over a period of days and weeks in the shelter environment Star has reverted to her former self and is once again seeking attention – she does however remain shy with new people.
Animals at ARL continuously show us awe-inspiring examples of strength, determination and resilience – Star has certainly demonstrated these qualities and is ready to find her forever home.
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You Make These Outcomes Possible
While it is difficult to predict the on-going impacts of this global crisis, one thing remains constant – animals in our communities are still in need.
And with a great need for these ongoing and expanding community services, Champions Circle members are there to answer the call for help.
Thanks to you, Star was able to not only be rescued from her situation, but received the extensive support she needed in order to have a second chance.
Champions Circle members provide steady support that sustains life-saving measures and second chances for homeless and at-risk animals all year long.
During unprecedented times like these when fundraising events have been cancelled or modified, monthly gifts are crucial to providing life-saving care and assistance to animals when they need it most.
By becoming a Champions Circle member today, you are ensuring that animals in need will the care they deserve, even during crisis.
Why does monthly giving matter?
- Spreading out your donation in increments throughout the year makes your giving budget work harder and creates an even bigger impact for animals.
- Monthly giving is a convenient, affordable, and efficient way to make a difference in the lives of animals in our community.
- 60% of ARL’s funding comes in during the last quarter of the year- and most of it during the last 2 weeks in December – yet animals need help every day. Monthly support from Champions Circle donors provides animals with care and assistance when they need it most.
Use this secure link to join now, or call Derek at (617) 426-9170 x162.