Top Five Saves - #2 Petey the Cat & His 26 Friends

Phoenix says thank you for changing his life!

Phoenix says thank you for changing his life!

This is the second of five special saves we’re sharing through December 31st. Your support made these happy endings possible. Let’s celebrate these success stories together as we count down to the New Year! Be sure to stay tuned to get the scoop on these special pets.

Your investment in Friends of PACC is an investment of love and care in the most vulnerable pets in our community. Petey the cat arrived with a bad neck wound and a serious need for some dental care. A loving foster mom quickly took him home to help tend to his wounds.

Like a lot of the adult cats that come into the shelter, Petey needed a Total Mouth Extraction, or TME, to remove all of his painful and infected teeth. Once he recovered from his surgery, Petey was a whole new cat! He was able to eat without pain and get all the nutrients he needed for his neck to heal. Thanks to donors like you, Petey and 27 other cats received these critical dental surgeries. These time intensive surgeries are lifesaving for older cats and cats who have suffered a lifetime of poor care and nutrition.

Most importantly, it helped them get healthy and ready for their new homes! Get to know some of these precious cats below.

Nosey came to pacc as a stray with nose injury. He was positive for Calicivirus and his teeth were in horrible condition. His nose healed although he will never have hair growth over his nose. While healing from his TME surgery in a foster home he became fast friends with Sammy.

Nosey poses pretty for the camera

Nosey poses pretty for the camera

Nosey and Sammy were fostered by the same person while they healed from their injuries and surgeries. They formed a fast friendship and their foster had this story to share: “Nosey was one of the cleanest foster cats I have ever had. Food was never out of his dish, cat litter always in box, always grooming himself. Sammy was probably was of the messiest cats I had ever had, he drooled cause of poor condition of his teeth, always had food stuck in his fur, etc. We nicknamed Sammy “pig pen” because I constantly needed to bathe him. I put these two together in the home and they became best friends. Nosey kept Sammy clean. Nosey was always keeping his eye on Sammy and grooming him. Sammy loves it! Nosey and Sammy were adopted together to a family with three kids and are doing well.”

Sammy says thank you!

Sammy says thank you!

Nosey helping Sammy with his grooming

Nosey helping Sammy with his grooming

Phoenix is one of many cats that came into Pima Animal Care Center from a hoarding situation. He was very shy and ill with Calicivirus. It was only after Phoenix found relief through his TME surgery that he started to come out of his shell. Once he started feeling better he was quick to seek pets, and loved to be groomed!

Mystique is a sweet girl who loves to ride around in her cat backpack while her foster mom does errands and takes her to her vet appointments. But Mystique wasn’t always as happy as she is now. She came to PACC from a hoarding situation and was positive for Calicivirus. On top of that her teeth were in horrible condition and she weighed less than 5 lbs. After her TME surgery she finally started eating and today weighs about 8 1/2 lbs. Mystique is still living with her foster mom, as she has a non-healing leg wound that we’re still working on. Thanks to ongoing donations, Friends of PACC is making it possible for her to receive treatment from a specialty vet with a focus on animal dermatology.

Mystique says thank you!

Mystique says thank you!

These costly and time intensive surgeries were made possible by donors like you. It’s your love and generosity that gave these cats a new lease on life. Please consider making a gift in their honor and for the many cats still in need of special, lifesaving care. When you make a gift this holiday season it will be matched dollar-for-dollar, meaning you are making twice the impact!

Sara Wolfe Vaughan