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Adopt-a-Thon Feature: The sky is the limit for Lucy!

March 19, 2015

We put out an urgent plea earlier this month to you to help us find homes for the sheer number of cats and kittens in our care. We asked you to adopt, foster and/or advocate and your response has been quite simply moving!

Our sights are still firmly set on 222 adoptions by the end of March and we know you can help us achieve this. To continue inspiring you, we will over the coming weeks share Adopt-A-Thon adoption stories with you.

It’s hard not to have The Beatles classic ringing your ears when you meet little Lucy in person. Her effervescent personality and soothing presence has the power to put an instant smile on any dial. Luck for Lucy however, wasn’t always on her side.

We first met Lucy in late February when she was brought into our care at our North Melbourne Shelter by a member of the public. She was not identified with a collar tag or a microchip and was approximately four months and three weeks old at the time.

“While Lucy was in good spirits, we knew instantly something was not quite right with her tail,” said our senior veterinarian Dr Alan Bolton. “It would just slide behind her, motionless and exhibited no sensation.”

“We don’t suspect the injury was intentionally caused, as we see from time to time. Rather, we suspect this spritely kitten dislocated her tail upon trying to remove it after catching it in something.”

Like all animals who come into our care, Lucy was placed on a mandatory eight day wait period to be claimed by her owner. During this time Lucy was given pain relief, while her bladder and bowels were monitored closely.image002

“Cats and kittens with a dislocated tail often have bladder  and bowel dysfunction, so it was essential we monitored the organs very closely.”

Lucy was not claimed after her waiting period and was immediately x-rayed which revealed she did indeed have a dislocated tail. To preserve the kitten’s health and wellbeing in to the future, our vet team decided an amputation of the tail was necessary.

“Cats and kittens who live with dislocated tails can get themselves into all sorts of trouble,” said Dr Bolton. “Aside from experiencing bowel and bladder complications, having no sensation to an extremity can lead to further injuries like getting it caught again, trodden on or cut.”

Lucy bounced back terrifically following her surgery and did not exhibit any difficulty with movement. Dr Bolton said she was desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and given flea and worm treatments before being placed up for adoption.

“Overall, she adapted really well to having no tail and we were able to place her up for adoption soon after her post-operative care.”

Adoption day  Kate Lucy Matthew

Just this weekend, Kate and her boyfriend Matthew came along to our cat adoptions center at our North Melbourne Shelter after hearing about our Adopt-A-Thon drive through a friend who had adopted a cat the previous week.

The pair was fairly confident they would be adopting a cat they had seen online and were eager to meet. That is until they walked by Lucy’s condo.

“I was just instantly drawn to her and had to have a cuddle,” said Kate through her beaming smile.

“When I picked her up and held her in my arms, I knew I couldn’t put her back in her condo!”

Boyfriend Matthew shared the sentiment: “She bowled us over with her instant affection and confidence. We have other pets at home and knew we needed a kitten who could stand her ground.”

image003As for her unique appearance Kate and Matthew said in unison: “We had no idea she didn’t have a tail until we picked her up. She was moving so well and comfortably in her condo – like she had always had no tail!”

Now happily settled into her new family, Lucy has made friends with the family dog and reportedly has taken a unique approach to sleeping. “She sleeps on her back! It is so cute!”

Keen to encourage others to adopt a cat or kitten, Kate has this to say: “I’d love to thank Abby for helping us find our perfect match.

“Please help The Lost Dogs’ Home change lives by adopting a shelter cat or kitten who will be forever grateful to you.”

Find out how you can help us make a difference and follow our Facebook page for a running adoption tally.