ANIMAL PROTECTORATES via Crowdrise
December 10, 2013
BENEFITING: ANIMAL PROTECTORATES
On December 3rd, Orly Kroh posted a BLUE ALERT about Shelby: Here is what it said:
"SHELBY A1438938 - FEMALE , TORTIE DOMESTIC SH
Shelter: EAST VALLEY Age: 2 YRS/ 1 MO Nice younger cat with older fracture of the right distal humerus near elbow joint. May be candidate for surgical correction or amputation. Please share for Rescue or adopter."
The shares were made on Facebook and a click sent it to The Animal Protectorates -TAPS. TAPS discussed Shelby for several days and kept hoping that someone, somewhere would step forward for her. You see, TAPS tries to focus on legislation and litigation to improve the lives of animals. While direct care of animals is the most rewarding, it is difficult to focus on everything. TAPS they try to focus on finding solutions to over-population and animal welfare so you tireless advocates don't have to sacrifice your lives cleaning up the problems others have created.
But, today, December 6th, 2013, TAPS waited patiently for a rescue organization that was supposed to check on Shelby to get back to them about whether or not she was safe. It didn't happen, no one called them to let me know. Shelby seems to have been forgotten about. At 4pm, TAPS sprung into action and sped to the East Valley Shelter to check on Shelby themselves. A TAPS volunteer entered East Valley Shelter and spoke to the staff at 4:30pm, 30 minutes before they closed. Shelby wasn't in the main area, but in an isolated area, no where to be seen. The staff person was helpful and kind and took the TAPS volunteer to the isolation area. Shelby was there, her golden eyes gleaming. The staff person asked if the TAPS volunteer wanted to see Shelby walk...to see how bad the leg was. TAPS had already decided Shelby was leaving the shelter that day, but Shelby was put on the floor and crouched really low. It was obvious her foot didn't feel too good...but what was amazing is that she pulled herself over to all of the other cat's cages, even the ones that hissed at her, and put her nose to their nose and rubbed on their cages as if to say, don't give up, I am an injured cat and someone wanted me...
Shelby is safely at the vet's for the weekend for observation. We need funds to pay for her surgery.
Originally 3 vets observed the x-rays of Shelby's leg and believed there were no options other than to amputate it, but much to Dr. Lori Birr's relief, when she was able to view the fracture, she determined it would likely grow back together if she set it with a split and put Shelby on "cage rest" for up to a month. This made the cost much less! Please help us raise the remaining funds so we can continue to step in for other animals like Shelby.