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Our featured cat for The River's Purrfect Friday: Al Jowlson

Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Al Jowlson:

When my client and Kentwood resident happened across this fabulous fat-headed fella on October 10th, 2012, she was hoping she would be able to place him with a friend of hers whose cat had sadly died recently. So she brought him in and had me work him up, getting him all spruced up and spiffy-clean, neutered and his minor skin wounds addressed. Little did she know that he would turn out to be FIV positive, undoubtedly acquired from years on the streets fighting as an intact male, and that her friend would no longer want him (even though he had no other cats in the household).
So the very next day she brought him back to me with tears in her eyes and an apology on her lips, though she needn't feel bad, because him going to Big Sid's was probably the very best thing that could have happened. See, I routinely run lab work on all of my intakes, so in accepting him into our program, I discovered that he had what could have been a life-threatening anemia, and was able to start treatment right away. Having lived with fleas for who knows how long and having a compromised immune system due to his viral load, Al Jowlson was suffering from feline Infectious Anemia, caused by a parasite that infects his red blood cells causing his immune system to attack and remove them. Had he gone into the home as planned, we may not have caught this condition until it was too late! Things work out for a reason:)
Now you all know by now how I simply ADORE these fat heads that come in with cheeks stuffed like a chipmunks, so when I was given the golden opportunity to bestow him with a great name, well, "Al Jowlson" was my top pick! And now that this guy is an indoor kitty, he has no inkling or desire to squabble or tussle with the others; in fact he is simply a gentle giant, weighing in at 15 pounds upon intake. He seems thoroughly pleased as punch to have landed in such an exquisite place where all of his needs are met, where he can be spoiled and pampered like a prince! I tell ya what, the ones that have had the hardest times living out on the streets (he was born in the fall of 2008) truly do come into our shelter with a level of appreciation that warms the heart; to see these cats flourish in their new surroundings is an amazing thing. Al, we are going to make beautiful music together!

Current residents
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Since opening in Oct. 2002
2202 Adoptions
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