Tenderhearted Cat Seeks Forever Family

Cat with Cardiac Condition Seeks Loving Forever Family

Valentine is an eight-month-old cat yearning for his forever family

Valentine is an eight-month-old cat yearning for his 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.

Valentine enjoys affection of any kind - especially cheek rubs!

Valentine enjoys affection of any kind – especially cheek rubs!

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

Time to play!

Time to play!

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.”


A snoozy moment with Valentine

How to Adopt a Valentine

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.


2 responses to “Tenderhearted Cat Seeks Forever Family

  1. I wanted to share a story with you about my cat, Max.
    A friend suggested I adopt Max 13+ years ago. Max was 6 months old at the time, and his mom was pregnant again. My friend’s housemate was told she needed to find Max (her favorite kitty) a new home due to the impending litter due to arrive in just a few months.
    So Max came to me at 6 months old…full of spunk and lots of love.
    The first vet who saw him…a partner of the old vet I used to take him to, said Max was born with a stunted tail (quite fashionable, and with a nice cow lick too boot)…and severe mitral dysplasia. He’s part Siamese, and it seems this can be a common heart problem.
    I was told that Max had a severe heart problem and needed to have an echo-cardiogram to monitor him, every few months to monitor when his heart would suddenly get worse.. About $1,000 and 3 echo-cardiograms (the first year) later, I had to stop the procedure.
    My friend, being psychic, insisted Max would be fine. And Max was…until he turned 7 years old.
    There’s a happy ending to this by the way! A neighbor of mine was taking her dog to a local chiropractor for adjustments, and any muscle-testing (kinesiology) needed for supplements. I took Max to Dr. Crawshaw. He got a few chiropractic adjustments, and muscle-tested for Standard Process’s Cardiac Herbs, and one Homeopathic remedy called Crataegus Oxy – 6 C strength.
    (Mind you, I used to work in the alternative health field…and under a doctor’s supervision, I usually go as alternative as I can for myself. So the methods used for Max are completely within my realm of understanding and practice.)
    Max got his kitty chiropropractic adjustments, he still does occasionally…and he’s been on his cardiac supplements ever since. I’m happy to report that he’s now 13 going on 14, and doing really well.
    Max is my love bug…and he’s awesome!
    I just wanted to let everyone know that under a doctor’s supervision, there IS a forever home for a cat with a severe heart condition. Max found his forever home…where he’ll be forever loved and pampered.

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