|The story of SALEM|
Our sincerest thanks for your generous sponsorship of Salem. Because of you, Salem now knows the joy of living without the pain of pyoderma, a bacterial infection that is rare in cats. When the Refuge took Salem in in February of 2011, he had open wounds on his paws and a weakened immune system. Because he was able to get the medication he needed, and because his foster family took such good care of him, Salem is now in good health and has really come out of his shell.
Initially heavily medicated with antibiotics, cortisone, and morphine, Salem showed himself to be quite courageous while his foster family patiently and lovingly provided him with the necessary care.Following a few relapses, during which we feared the worst, Salem found the strength to keep on fighting. Recently, we were able to cut his dose of medication in half. Before long, we expect to be able to reduce it to one quarter of what he originally took because he appears to be in good health and had not redeveloped any wounds over the last few months.
The veterinarian has advised us to reduce Salem's medications gradually: because we are not certain that all the bacteria in Salem's system have been eradicated, we must be careful not to allow a full-blown infection to redevelop. There is a possibility that Salem will need to take low doses of medication for an extended period of time in order to control the bacteria, but we are hopeful that a day will come when Salem will no longer need medication.
Salem's foster family has become quite attached to him: he is an exceptional cat who has put all his faith in them, and has allowed them to provide him with all the care he needed. Salem loves to be pet, gets along well with other cats, and will tolerate the presence of dogs. He also loves to travel. It is hard to imagine that he once spent the winter outside because he never shows any interest in leaving the house. Life on the streets must have been very hard on him.
He is a magnificent cat, and it is a real victory for us to watch him get well and blossom more and more with each passing day. His foster family never realized they could make such a difference in the life of a cat. It has been a long road, one that was sometimes discouraging because we hated to see Salem suffer so much, but we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Salem's refusal to give up can serve as a lesson to all of us.
Salem will most likely be adopted by his foster family, which has agreed to provide him with low-dose medications for as long as he needs them. Salem can now enjoy a second chance at life. All that remains is to thank you for your generosity, which made it possible for Salem to get well and live a happy life.
Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts to donors: Chantal, Christine, Cynthia, Dahlia, Danielle, Denise, Francine, Isabelle, Jennifer, Jenny, Line, Nathalie, Viviane and anonymous! ● Salem sends his love xxx
The Refuge pour chats de Verdun volunteers