With her affectionate demeanor and expressive face showing curiosity, the little tailless cat had no idea that she was about to become a statistic: a declawed cat relinquished to a shelter and doomed to euthanasia. And not only was she declawed on all four feet, she was suffering a severe flea infestation that must have been pure torture because she couldn’t scratch the incessant itching. Maybe it was just as well that her time on earth would be short. She was not even given a name. She was ID# 7/17-2975 at Henry County’s Animal Control.
Research shows that declawed cats are twice as likely to be surrendered to shelters as cats with their claws intact, and they are also more likely to wind up being euthanized. A guest writer for the Cats.About.com website, who is a shelter volunteer, has some ideas about why. But of course, ID# 7/17-2975 knew none of this. She just wanted to make some new friends at Henry County’s Animal Control. An examination showed that this kitty was young, probably under two years old, and the people who had her claws removed probably did not bother to have her spayed. In addition to being flea-infested, she was very underweight. That her short, mean life had not damaged her sweet disposition was a miracle. And that miracle deserved another miracle in return. ID# 7/17-2975, now known as Bobbi, found rescue.
Like another miracle kitty from Henry County, GA, Bobbi needed a team to get her out. Betsy from the Henry County facility saw her potential and alerted cat rescuer Robin Olson, who put together the people necessary for her rescue. And Bobbi escaped just in time — she was developing an upper respiratory infection that would have certainly doomed her to euthanasia, had she remained at Henry. Between her URI, her low weight, and the skin problems she suffered from the fleas, it’s going to take Bobbi a while to recuperate, but once she does, she will be traveling from Georgia up to Connecticut to Animals In Distress, where she will be available for adoption.
Bobbi beat the odds. If you were moved by her story, I urge you to think about how you might become the miracle in a kitty’s life.
To follow Bobbi’s story, and the story of other rescued cats, check out Robin’s website, Covered in Cat Hair.