Cat with Cardiac Condition Seeks Loving Forever Family
*Adoption Update – April 7, 2014!* Valentine charmed and was adopted by a wonderful family on Monday, April 7! We are so excited that Valentine found his home. We wish him, and his beautiful new family, a lifetime of purrfect love! You can read Valentine’s full story below.
An eight-month-old cat with a life-threatening heart condition has tugged at the heart strings of the Helen Woodward Animal Center adoption department. Although his diagnosis threatens a life expectancy with a maximum of only four years, the loving domestic short-haired boy is wooing every staff member he comes in contact with in hopes of finding his forever home. The young feline’s affectionate nature has earned him the name Valentine and Center staff is working hard to find him a forever family.
Surrendered by an over-capacity rescue facility in the Los Angeles area, Valentine arrived with all the characteristics a potential adopter could hope to find. His handsome face and devoted purrs immediately gained him a new family. But something was wrong. A trip to the local veterinarian revealed a heart murmur and, unable to afford specialized medical care, Valentine’s family returned him to Helen Woodward Animal Center.
He is a happy and loving cat, we want these years to be the best years he can have
Helen Woodward Animal Center veterinary staff quickly took action diagnosing Valentine’s condition as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In laymen’s terms, the feline’s heart developed with an obstruction blocking and limiting the blood traveling to his aorta – the main artery to the body and organs. This condition forces his heart to work extremely hard and will eventually cause it to thicken. Without treatment, Valentine probably would not live to see his first birthday but with medication Center veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Oba predicts a prognosis of three to four years. “He is a happy and loving cat,” stated Oba. “We want those years to be the best years he can have.”
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“I know there’s someone out there for Valentine,” stated Adoptions Inventory Manager LaBeth Thompson. “One of the most wonderful things I’ve learned in this business is that our adopters have very big hearts. There are incredibly generous people out there who open up their homes to orphan pets with short life expectancies. I have my fingers crossed for this sweet kitten.”
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In the meantime, however, Valentine is now available for adoption and has years of adoration to offer the perfect caring family. Although he will require medication twice-daily and follow-up ultrasounds every six months, the devoted kitten is bursting with love to give and a heart set on a forever home of his very own.
For more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center or for inquiries regarding adopting Valentine, please contact: 858-756-4117 ext. 1, go to www.animalcenter.org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road, in Rancho Santa Fe.