In August 2012, a kind lady south of Portland, Oregon, was surprised when a tiny, timid, very thin stranger cautiously eased through her cat door. The stranger was emaciated, her fur was ragged, and she moved stiffly and with a limp. A collar scar around her neck showed that she had once been someone's pet, but it was obvious that she had fallen on hard times and was now barely surviving.
|Stray Kitty came in to ask for help.
Within days DCIN posted Stray Kitty, newly dubbed "Charbonneau," on its blog and Facebook page. DCIN rehomes cats from across the continental US and Canada without distance barriers thanks to a dedicated network of volunteers. Like many of the cats that DCIN rehomes, Charbonneau was traumatized by her abandonment and her multiple health problems, so DCIN also offered assistance to integrate her into her new home, including assistance from an animal behaviorist if needed and financial assistance in providing necessary medical and dental care.
|Dangerously underweight and in need of care.
Her new family's vet pronounced her dangerously underweight and badly in need of dental work and other care. Her diabetes was out of control, and she had a heart murmur, arthritis, and peripheral neuropathy. DCIN offered financial assistance immediately. After being put on a carefully managed insulin regimen, a special diet, and vitamins, Charbonneau had six teeth removed.
A year after her adoption, Charbonneau is a plump, happy little cat. With proper nutrition and regulation of her diabetes, her heart murmur has almost disappeared, her fur is soft and sleek, and her gait is no longer painful and halting.
Thanks to DCIN's suggestions for integration into Charbonneau’s new family, there were never any issues with acceptance by the resident cats.
|New brother Onyx grooms Char.
|Char helps Mom in her home office.