Without your help, this incredible kitten will soon be euthanized. Are you able to help save this kitten from death row? Please allow us to explain…
We have fostered Speedo for almost two months already. Since the day we brought him into our home, he has been full of nothing but love and happiness. He is always energetic, playful, loving and such a great lap cat. Everyone that Speedo has met so far, he has instantly captured their hearts. He is a sweetheart, and a perfect companion.
As you may know from prior posts, he was originally diagnosed with Swimmer syndrome, which is a rare developmental deformity of newborn dogs, and less commonly of newborn cats, whereby the hind limbs, and at times the front limbs as well, are splayed laterally resulting in an inability or difficulty to stand or walk. However, further evaluation suggested that he may have experienced a traumatic delivery during birth, causing significant nerve damage. Either way, even though he can walk and run around well and without pain, his major challenge now is that he is incontinent as a result of his nerve damage.
Because of this incontinence, it was recently decided by the shelter to go through with euthanasia since the predicted adopter pool would be too small for a shelter to keep a kitten with this type of disability…UNLESS, of course, we are able to find his forever home. Specifically, to minimize his accidents, he would need to have his bladder manually expressed several times throughout the day. We currently do this twice a day, which definitely seems to be preventing major accidents around our home. This may not be necessary if you have an area you are willing to clean or utilize puppy diapers. Obviously, this is the biggest challenge that any home taking Speedo in will have to overcome. However, this could definitely be manageable.
Most importantly, Speedo is not in any pain, has no current or expected suffering and could live a long and healthy life. Euthanasia was decided simply because of a predicted small adopter pool. Additionally, there is no expected medical care that he will require, so his medical costs would be $0.00! The only extra costs would come from buying puppy pads/puppy diapers if his new family would choose to utilize them. He is mobile, and besides his incontinence, he is very healthy. Ultimately, he deserves a chance at life in a loving home. And we know there is someone out there who can provide him with the time, care and love that he needs to have his fair chance at a long, healthy and loving life.
We are located in Arlington, VA, and are willing to drive quite the distance if we find a suitable home for Speedo. If you are interested or have any questions please email us at [email protected] Thank you so much!