When we got in contact with Adriana Meucci, a volunteer at Caring About The Strays
(C.A.T.S.) in Westwood, NJ, and saw this photo of Penelope
, we immediately fell for her and knew we wanted to help.
Penelope was surrendered to C.A.T.S this past Spring and was put into a foster home. She was sweet but also very tiny. After medical evaluation, it was confirmed she had a large inguinal hernia. This can be caused by incomplete closure of an umbilical ring after birth. It was the size of a golf ball, and with her small frame, it was causing her pain while crawling around, jumping or playing.
Because of the large size of the hernia, there was high risk that it would cause intestines or other tissues to get trapped and strangled around the hernia which in many cases can cause death. They decided they couldn't wait to have the hernia repaired during her spay surgery taking place later in the year.
Like with all medical procedures done to animals while under foster care, the shelter or rescue covers the cost. Hernias and other ailments are common issues when it comes to rescuing cats or dogs, and the cost of caring for all of these loving animals adds up. C.A.T.S. funds these veterinary visits through donations.
Freshpet has made a donation to cover the cost of Penelope's vet bills and we hope her story inspires you to play a part too! A donation big or small will make a difference. Your donation
can help to treat and care for cats like Penelope at Caring For The Strays.
We're happy to say that after her surgery, Penelope
is now healthy, thriving and looking for a home. She's a fluffy and happy girl that is great with other cats. We ask that you share her story so we can help her to find her new family and to help her fellow fosters at C.A.T.S. get the help they need.
If you're interested in learning more about the cats up for adoption at Caring About The Strays visit care4strays.org