|The story of CHRYSALIDE|
One evening in May of 2011, we received an emergency call from one of our foster families. They told us that someone had left a female cat in a box on their front porch. At first glance, the cat seemed to be nearly dead because she was so unresponsive. Quickly, one of our volunteers phoned the veterinary clinic that we deal with to see whether the cat could be seen right away. The cat was just skin and bones. She was very dirty and had a large abscess on one of her paws. At first, we were doubtful that this cat could be saved.
The usual tests, for leukemia and AIDS, came back negative. Screening for renal failure and diabetes revealed that she didn't suffer from these conditions either. Although she was in a terrible state, once the possibility that she had an incurable disease was eliminated, we had every reason to try to help her get back on her feet.
Following a thorough medical exam, she was given an injection of antibiotics and was rehydrated. However, her paw needed daily hydrotherapy treatments in order for the abscess to heal. Because she offered no resistance to receiving these treatments, her care was entrusted to one of our foster families that has experience in home care. The treatment began to work within a couple of days: little by little, her abscess began to heal. A second abscess later appeared on one of her other paws; however, she continued to receive her daily treatments, and finally, all of her wounds healed.
Unfortunately, a few days later Chrysalide stopped eating. Another visit to the veterinary clinic revealed that one of Chrysalide's canines was rotting. Although the outlook for her recovery was good, the costs associated with Chrysalide's care were becoming quite high; it was then that we decided to seek out sponsors for her. She had to be hospitalized once again in order to have her canine removed.
Although she recovered rather quickly after having her canine extracted, Chrysalide still had trouble walking.Her back paw was a reminder of the time she had spent on the streets- even though she had been living with her foster family for several weeks, she was still walking with a limp. We began to worry that she had sustained a serious injury to her paw at some point, and so we brought her back to the clinic to be examined. Fortunately, an x-ray revealed that there was nothing serious wrong with her paw, and that her handicap would gradually correct itself.
Throughout all her troubles, Chrysalide has shown a great resistance to pain. She submitted to all the medical attention she needed without protest. She has revealed herself to be a ravishing cat. She is very sweet, and has not lost her confidence in humans. She charmed her foster family and all the Refuge volunteers who cared for her, just like she has charmed her new owner.
Chrysalide was very lucky: the Refuge volunteers helped her when she needed it most, and her foster family when to great lengths to help her get well. However, without the help of donors, Chrysalide would not have been so lucky. It is because of your donations that the Refuge is able to make a difference in the lives of neglected cats who want nothing more than a loving home.
Although Chrysalide has had a hard life, she is now in perfect health and is magnificent: she was the queen of our 2012 calendar. She has since been adopted, and has been renamed Geisha, which suits her quite well.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Anna, Audrey, Cynthia, Denise, Edith, Francine, Jennifer, Jenny, Katy & Lucie, Nathalie, Sandra and a few anonymous for making it possible for us to save Chrysalide!
The Refuge pour chats de Verdun volunteer team