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Hello everyone,I hope it is ok to ask this here:There is a drug and alcohol rehab in my community (suburb of Philadelphia) thatadopted two cats for the residents a month ago. The residents all live in acluster of apartments, and the staff office is an apartment too. The residentstake turns housing the cats, and they are very loved and cared for.One of the cats, a sweet, longhaired tortie girl whom they named "Rainy" wasextremely thin when they adopted her (from the SPCA.) As soon as I saw herbody, I thought something was wrong, and encouraged them to take her to the vetfor blood work, even though the shelter said she was seen by a vet and bloodtested. It ends up that she is diabetic.They did not feel they were able to care for her for several reasons, includingthe cost of her medication. The bottom line is that they took her back to theSPCA today.It is heartbreaking, as she is precious and everyone there loved her. I can notadopt another cat, and I don't know if the shelter will put her down. I have acall into the director there who was not in today. I did talk with someone atthe shelter today who said that they do not routinely test for diabetes, andthat she came in as a stray and they are often that skinny. They said she wasadopted so soon after coming to them that they did not see that she was notgaining weight with regular feeding.Is there anyone who would like to adopt a fabulous sweet skinny diabetic girl. Iknow there are so many in need and it is hard to adopt out a sick one.I thought it was worth putting it out there. You can respond to me at firstname.lastname@example.org ifinterested. The clock is ticking for the poor sweetie..Thanks for taking the time to read this.Denise, the very sad for Rainy
EEK. I lost my long and thought-out comment. I will email it to you Denise. Thanks for bringing Rainy to our attention.
Rainy, let's take this discussion over to the DCIN Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=303&uid=147717841924914 This is what I emailed to you and posted on that Facebook link.I live in Wilmington DE, certainly not far from the rehab center.I can understand some of the problems with the rehab center having a diabetic cat and how they must have seemed overwhelming and unsurmountable. DCIN can take care of most of the financial side. DCIN can provide Lantus or Levemir insulin if Rainy gets a script for it. She just saw a vet, so there shouldn't be a problem with the script. DCIN can provide a glucometer, glucose testing strips, and lancets. Hometesting is a part of DCIN's financial assistance program. (With hometesting, much of the vetting costs go away because the vet would not be doing in-office curves.) DCIN can provide insulin syringes.I can imagine another problem was who would have primary responsibility for Rainy's diabetic care. Because of the transient nature of the center's clients, it would have to be a staff member or a volunteer. This might be tricky given the "floating" nature of the cats' residence in various apartments.Another problem might be giving clients access to insulin syringes. Still another would be diet. Rainy would have to be on a strict canned, low-carb cat food (something other than the prescription diet for diabetic cats is preferred), and the residents would be limited as to the type and amount of treats they would be able to give Rainy.Still another problem is that Rainy's general health suffered because of her diabetes. The administration and staff may feel they don't have the means to nurse a sick cat back to health. However, it is amazing how some cats recover so quickly as soon as they start insulin.I would be more than willing to come to the center and talk with administration and staff and maybe some of the clients about how it might be worked out so that Rainy could live there. It would be an awesome opportunity to reach a large number of people with the message that feline diabetes is treatable and in some cases, with appropriate treatment, many cats go into remission.I really hope that your message reaches the right heart. I hope my message can reach the hearts of the center's administration.
I failed to copy the full text of my email to Denise, It starts: Denise,Thanks for caring about Rainy and bringing her to DCIN's attention. I am the manager of the rescue.The return to the shelter is likely a death sentence for Rainy. If it is the Philly shelter, she won't have a day before they kill her. If another SPCA, and even if they have open admission and no-kill policies, will likely kill her because they consider diabetic cats to be unadoptable. They do not have the staff or the means (financial and schedule) to care for cats with diabetes. DCIN does not have a shelter or foster system. It also does not have a lot of cash for vet visits.
Fly free, sweet Rainy. From Denise:"Thank you Venita, and unfortunately, you are correct. It was the SPCA in Media PA, and they either put her down already or are doing it within the next hour or so. Your thoughts about the rehab were also right on the mark. I wish I had had more time to put the solution together. I just learned of her being returned, and had little time to find resources. She was skin and bones with sad pleading eyes, and she deeply touched my heart, even though I only met her a few times. I am glad to have learned about your wonderful organization. I appreciate your offer of assistance. You are kind and generous, and I wish you the best.I feel sad about poor Rainy. She was a precious sweet beautiful girl who deserved better."
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