One very cold (for Florida) morning in March, a woman walking on the street behind our shelter heard meowing and found a small black kitten in a sewer pipe.  She brought her immediately to our office at St. Francis Animal Rescue where she was cleaned up and examined.  We named her Esmeralda and it was quickly apparent by her red, runny eyes and sneezing that she had an upper respiratory infection.   These infections are highly contagious and can lead to pneumonia in an unvaccinated kitten.  Unfortunately, she had to be moved to an isolation cage in our shelter infirmary.  While it is prudent medical care, social isolation for a kitten can be a devastating experience.   It is important to avoid spreading infections so just before leaving the shelter, a medical team member would return to her cage to give her love and cuddles.  We were rewarded by kitty kisses and purring so loud it could be heard clear across the room.


When Esmeralda recovered, it was time to complete immunizations and to have her spayed.  Our kittens are about 12 weeks old when they are ready for adoption and their immunizations are complete. The kitten adoption fee is $95.00 but they have over $200 worth of veterinary services when they leave the shelter, which includes their completed immunizations and they are spayed/neutered.  Needless to say, her sweet disposition and intense purring helped Esmeralda to be quickly adopted. Shelter animals make wonderful pets and you are saving a life.




Treating Kitty’s Foot

This is Pequeño  a stray who was brought to our shelter with a badly injured hind paw.  Over a three month period, he endured two surgeries and had to swallow several oral medications to treat an infection.  Many of our cats howl, thrash and manage to spit out their pills but this gentle little fellow rarely resisted.  Our veterinarian suggested that we soak his foot in a warm solution of iodine and Epsom salt three times daily and I thought, “sure this cat is going to let us put his foot in water and hold still.”  I used a deep plastic cup to minimize his contact with water but he was surprisingly relaxed and cooperative.  It was also necessary to massage and separate the toes, a painful process that drew hardly a whimper.  Although the fur had been shaved from his slightly deformed paw, he was still a very handsome fellow who got adopted immediately by a family with two children, especially when I told them how brave he had been during his treatments.



We formed a very special bond during this period but I was happy to see Pequeño go to a FURever home with a loving family.  Shelter animals make the best pets and you are saving a life.