I have blogged before about how we regularly foster kittens for animal rescues in our area. This summer, we've had a few come through our home for foster. Usually they need meds for an upper respiratory infection and socialization for a few weeks, and then they are on their way.
Our current foster kitten, Dune Bug, came to us because she was very feral and had a terrible lung infection. In addition to antibiotics, she was also on breathing treatments each day (which we were able to give using Cort's nebulizer). When we first got her, her whole body shuddered when she tried to breathe. I wasn't sure she'd make it. She would only eat when I fed her by putting canned cat food (so gross) on my finger and letting her lick it off.
She turned around quickly. But then two weeks later, I noticed a black rough patch on her ear. There had been a ringworm outbreak at the shelter when we picked her up, and I was pretty sure this was ringworm. I took her in for a check and she tested positive. So then she started on more meds, plus daily cage disinfections with bleach, plus baths with a special shampoo (she had to actually sit and let the shampoo soak in for 10 minutes at a time) followed by a spray down with a dip that reeks of rotten egg smell. And weekly rechecks at the vet. Poor kitty!
Well, then Dune Bug's lungs started sounding all rattled again. I mentioned it to the vet at one of her ringworm rechecks, but they couldn't hear it. A week later, though, they could. She had bronchitis. So she had to continue the ringworm treatment, but also start a new antibiotic.
The good news? Well, Dune Bug has grown a lot! She is no longer feral and seeks out human interaction. And hopefully, one day soon, she will be completely well and be able to be adopted by a loving family.
I know there are foster families that take in even more needy animals then Dune Bug. As many times as we've adopted animals from shelters, we've never really considered all the effort that might have gone into getting the pet to a healthy place where he/she was ready to be adopted. Sometimes, there is a lot of time and love that goes into it! But when the pet finds a new, loving home, it makes it all worthwhile.
Readers, did any of your pets come from shelters?