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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Adoption Update

It was a slow over the holiday weekend with just two adoptions, but what fantastic adoptions they were!  

Mary - who has been with us since she was 4 weeks old and we can't imagine who no one has yet snatched her up - was adopted.  Sometimes Mary hides but she's not shy but she doesn't necessarily like to just walk up to strangers.  An approved applicant went to a foster home to meet some kitties and Mary picked her.  She was adopted Sunday and it was just the best news.  But it gets better.  The adopter was able to get permission from her landlord for a second cat so she adopted Hemi on Monday.  

Hemi and Vortec were adopted when they were about 5 months old but were returned due to the adopter's health issues.  Vortec was re-adopted by a family who came to meet Hemi a month or so back but Vortec picked them and they adopted him. 

We are so happy that some of the cats we've had since they were little kittens are finally finding homes at almost a year old or at a year old.  It was a bad year last year with many of our kittens "aging out" (according to people that want to adopt little kittens) before they became available for adoption due to the worst outbreak of ringworm that we've ever seen.  But these kitties are finally getting their turn and we are so happy for them.  


Katie Isabella said...

I am so glad they were adopted. By the way, what causes ringworm in kitties? How does it manifest?

Everycat said...

How wonderful that they were adopted at last!

Alley Cats and Angels of North Carolina said...

Katie, ringworm is a fungus and last winter (winter 2011/2012) was a very warm and wet winter - which makes a big petri dish for ringworm.

In the "good ol' days", ringworm had a typical incubation period of 14 days which means the cats/kittens would show signs while they were still in their quarantine foster homes and could stay there and be treated. But most of last year's cats didn't show symptoms (hair loss, lesions) of ringworm for a couple of months. Which meant they already went to foster homes and it spread and it's hard to contain.

Lots and lots and lots of medication and anti-fungal baths, bleaching of the environment (which is hard in a living room). But the fungus can live in an environment for a year or so. Which means we're down several foster homes from last year because of the ringworm.

Fortunately, it's a self limiting disease and kitties don't die from ringworm. It's just hard to combat it if it's not contained.