Hope had been seen several times in backyards in the Chewelah area, she seemed to be a stray and would not allow people to get very close.
One day a woman noticed that Hope was just lying there, not moving much and as she went closer she noticed how very thin she was. This time Hope allowed herself to be picked her up by this total stranger. She had given up and accepted help as she must have sensed that she was dying.
Wanting to help but not knowing what to do, and unable to take on this responsibility herself, the woman brought the sick kitty to the shelter.
After examination it was discovered that Hope (as we named her ) had a broken jaw and had not been able to eat or drink in several days…she was slowly starving to death and weighed less than 4 lbs.
Fluids were started immediately as was a call to Dr. Rowe at Spokane Humane Society. Subcutaneous fluids were to be given over the days to come, along with feeding her a high calorie/nutrient dense food (baby food) by syringe. We needed to get 2 lbs on her so she would be in more stable condition before surgery could be done to repair her broken jaw.
With a lot of care and attention from volunteers, Hope gained her 2 lbs and her surgery was successful. Her jaw has been repaired and is still healing but she can now eat canned cat food and dry kibble on her own and drinking water is a breeze.
What always amazes us is the self preservation that animals have and how they know when to ask for help, we just need to be there for them. Hope will make a full recovery and someday soon, will be ready for adoption. We know she will be a wonderful loving companion to some very lucky person.
We know that we are only able to provide this care because of supporters who know that life for these cats and dogs needs to be protected and respected as they truly have no voice and no choice in how we humans treat them.
To those that stand behind our mission, you have our deepest gratitude.