Wendy, a young dilute calico cat, sat injured and pregnant at a high kill shelter in North Carolina. Unfortunately, Wendy represents the fate of thousands of young female cats during kitten-season. Despite being beautiful and super-affectionate, when she became pregnant because her former owners failed to spay her, she was dropped off at the shelter. Owner surrenders at the shelter Wendy found herself in can be killed immediately upon intake. If they’re lucky, animals get just a couple of days to become adopted or rescued. No matter how beautiful or loving, chances of getting out of the shelter during kitten-season are very low. Rescues are overwhelmed and lack the space and funds to continue to take in discarded moms and moms-to-be. To add to Wendy’s slim chances, an old leg injury caused her to limp when walking.

The Goathouse Refuge (TGR) was contacted by volunteers at the shelter who did not want to see Wendy euthanized and fortunately they were able to take her in. Soon after her arrival to TGR, Wendy went into labor. Because of a prolapsed uterus, she was rushed to an emergency veterinarian hospital for surgery. Tragically, her three babies did not survive.

When Wendy was able to return to TGR after losing her kittens, she adopted three orphaned kittens who did not have a mother of their own. Wendy nursed the kittens until they were able to wean and thrive. Wendy’s health, however, continued to deteriorate. She developed an Upper Respiratory Infection with mouth ulcerations. The Ian Somerhalder Foundation helped TGR pay for Wendy’s mounting vet bills with a Medical Emergency Grant in order to restore her health.

For Wendy’s old leg injury, her veterinarian recommended against surgery. Since Wendy does not suffer pain from her old injury, re-breaking it in order to set it properly seemed unnecessary. The old injury, however, causes Wendy to limp and has deterred potential adopters. Wendy will continue to stay at TGR for as long as it takes for her to find her perfect forever home. A volunteer with TGR told ISF, “Wendy is very social and loves greeting visitors. She is slower than most other kitties but no less affectionate.”

UPDATE: In October of 2015, Wendy was adopted into her forever home. 



Written by Veronica Hampton

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