Henrietta (aka "Henri") - ADOPTED 4/27/2016
OFFICIALLY **ON HOLD** FOR ADOPTION (04/02/2016)
Charleston Animal Society ADOPTION AMBASSADOR
Intake # 156427
Friendly, Happy, and Playful cat.
HER "BEGINNING" STORY
Henrietta came into the care of Charleston Animal Society (CAS) at the time of historic floods in South Carolina. She was found by a citizen who took her to a local veterinarian office and from there she was transferred to CAS on October 2, 2015. Henri was in very poor condition and weighed only 4.8 pounds, was covered in a thick layer of flea 'dirt' and was in need of medical care. It was with the help of CAS's veterinarians, staff, and volunteers that she began her road to recovery.
As a volunteer and foster home for CAS, it was my pleasure to bring Henrietta to our home in hopes that her recovery could continue. She has been with us since November 22, and while we are accustomed to fostering orphaned kittens, queens with their kittens, and a few adult cats for various reasons, I admit there is a fondness in my heart for many of the FIV+ cats I meet. Henrietta is no exception! Yes, unfortunately, she is FIV+ and will have some special considerations for her adoptive placement, but FIV+ cats can live long, healthy lives and current knowledge has changed from years back when a FIV+ feline was immediately euthanized at shelters across the country. Thankfully, we live in a NO KILL Community and CAS did not make that decision even with Henrietta's health not being optimal for even the cat that tests negative for either FIV or FeLV.
Henrietta was first thought to be 10+ years old and had an upper respiratory infection (URI). She spent all her CAS shelter time in the URI pod being provided daily medical care. While she was improving over her intake status (including gaining to 7 pounds), CAS made the decision she needed to leave the safety of her temporary home because shelter life can be stressful to many animals. This stress plus the FIV+ can make fighting off the URI difficult. She did have one round of antibiotics early in foster care, but once in a home setting she began to blossom.
HENRIETTA'S CURRENT STATUS:
Henrietta's URI greatly improved and she is loving life! It is now thought by CAS veterinarians that she is a 5-8 year old cat(1) and she can play longer than any foster kitten we have fostered over the years. She loves to play fetch with craft pom-poms, enjoys the laser light and balls she can chase around on the floor. Henri loves to be brushed, have her chin and neck scratched, and doesn't have any negative reactions to a human touching any part of her body (you can rub her stomach and paws). Henri is also a very affectionate cat and while she isn't a "lap cat" (however, on February 6, 2016, Henri curled up in my lap for an hour long nap)she does like being beside her humans or at least in the same room with them. Henri has a great purr motor, too. She isn't scared of any noises and will follow me around whenever I vacuum or she will sit at my feet when I am blow drying my hair. Nothing phases this gal! She will likely be a great cat for children and adults alike.
Henri is still working on building her beautiful, medium length coat. She is looking for a comfortable and stress-fee lifestyle. FIV+ cats can live without any signs of illness, but they do need regular veterinary care, a high-quality diet, and to keep stress at a minimum to help their immune system to stay strong.
Henrietta was seen by a private practicing veterinarian on January 18, 2016. After nearly an hour of discussion, watching Henri jumping in and out of her carrier repeatedly, and the doctor playing with her while sitting together on the floor, it is now believed she is a young cat (less than 5 years old). (1) Henri is also currently being given an oral antibiotic every three days and is making improvements every week to have no signs of an URI.
As of March 11, 2016, Henrietta is a healthy FIV+ cat. She has healed from last week's eyelid repair surgery (she had bilateral entropian) and her stitches were removed today. Dr. Morris of Charleston Animal Society said she is very happy with the results. Henri also no longer has any symptoms of an upper respiratory infection after completing her antibiotics. She is doing GREAT in her health and ready for adoption! As you will see from photos below, Henrietta enjoys furry friendships. She gets along well with temporary visitors to her foster home who come in for either bunny or cat sitting. She doesn't meet a person or animal she doesn't enjoy!
Because of Henri's FIV+ status, she does have an Adoption Medical Waiver. It discusses FIV, URI, and identifies she did have lice that have been treated and now resolved.
To see how playful Henrietta can be, please watch this two minute video if time allows (a Facebook account is NOT required):
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN ADOPTION AMBASSADOR?
The Adoption Ambassador program at Charleston Animal Society allows foster families to take animals into their home for foster, keeping them out of the stress of shelter life. This also opens up a shelter cage for another animal in need, basically helping save two lives. Adoption Ambassadors are ready and waiting for ADOPTION! While they are not on the CAS adoption floor at the shelter, the foster home actively promotes the dog or cat looking for a loving, forever home.
Meet and greets are encouraged and can be arranged by contacting Courtney Gumienny, Adoption Manager at CAS. She can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 843.329.1577. Since Henri is currently residing with us (Adopt Charleston Cats), you can directly contact me through our Facebook page or this website. I normally respond within 12 hours or less.
Once you decide Henrietta is the girl for you, her adoption will take place in my home on behalf of Charleston Animal Society. Her adoption is not an adoption from an individual. The standard CAS adoption contract and documentation will be discussed and given to the adopter by the foster parent (me). CAS adoptions include spay/neuter (Henri was spayed on 1-5-2016), up-to-date vaccinations, microchip, 30-days of pet insurance at no charge, a veterinarian wellness visit, starter bag of her cat food, and MUCH MORE!
There are a number of reputable websites that discuss FIV, including the many myths regarding this virus. It is no longer a reason for euthanasia and these cats are often the most loving of any felines found at area shelters once they are in a home where they can feel relaxed. Please take a moment to read one of more of the following if you would like to learn more, talk with your veterinarian, talk with the staff at CAS, or message me (Adopt Charleston Cats) with your questions.
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