special-needs-pets

Hey Arizonians!

Kip was born in May 2015. Kip will most likely stay with us until his death, as he needs a very particular home. However, if interested in Kip, please contact the rescue about adopting him. For adoption info, see the bottom of this thread - but please read all the following information on him first.

Kip does well with other rats for about 20 minutes to an hour or so. After that he’ll fight with them and severely stress him out. It got to the point two of the rats in his cage were losing their hair. Sadly, he’s in a cage all alone. It’s set on top of the female’s cage, which is beside the male cage. In a very depressing manner, he will fall asleep with his nose out the cage facing the male rat’s cage - as if trying to talk to them and be near them. When he does live with them they do cuddle and sleep together; but other times it’s constant high pitch squealing and other signs of stress. Because of this, Kip must be socialized more often than usual. Being social animals, rats don’t like to be alone and can become depressed. If Kip were to ever be rehomed, he’d have to go somewhere, where the person would take him out at least twice a day for at least 15 minutes each time. It be ideal he go to a home with other male rats, but only be allowed to run around outside of the cage with them. Again, at least twice a day for at least 15 minutes each time. Outside of a cage he’s great with the other rats. It’s only when in the cage together for an extended period of time. I would be willing to do a trial run with someone who has a multi-story cage. Perhaps a much larger cage with multiple floors to choose from would end the fighting, or at least decrease it to the point it wasn’t an issue.

If you think you can provide Kip a good home for his remaining 1.5 to 2 years, please contact via TEXT ONLY. Be sure to include ALL of the following information in your first text. Nothing else is needed except the following: (1) you wish to adopt (2) type of animal - rat (3) your email. For now, that’s it!

Thank you so much! | Rescue blog!

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Ralphee, Bobbles and Olive are Wobbly Kittens

No, really.  They all have Feline Cerebellar Hypoplasia, or wobbly kitten syndrome,  a non-progressive, non-contagious neurological condition that results in walking and balance problems.

And it’s alright that you laughed.  They’re not in pain, the condition is non-fatal, and they live full, long and happy lives.  They just wobble, adorably.

A kitten is born with “CH” when her cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, is underdeveloped at birth.

Consequently, an underdeveloped cerebellum can result in underdeveloped or complicated mobility. CH cats are known for their “drunken sailor” walk, which is why they’re known endearingly as “wobbly cats.”

You can read more here: lifewithchcats.com

Looking to adopt a CH kitty? 

There’s a wobbly kitten out there, somewhere, just waiting to love you to distraction!

Here are a few great places to start your search:

Petfinder

One of the premier online adoption resources is Petfinder.com, where thousands of shelters around the country post profiles of hundreds of thousands of adoptable pets. If you’re looking to adopt a cat with special needs, such as cerebellar hypoplasia, here’s one way to narrow your search:

Visit Petfinder.com’s homepage and choose the type of pet you’re interested in along with your zip code:

Once you press Search, you’ll be taken to a page with all of the adoptable pets in your area. This is the page where you can narrow your search. As you look down the left rail, you’ll see your options:

  • Age: Baby, Young, Adult, Senior
  • Gender: Male, Female
  • Size: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
  • Other Considerations: Declawed, Housetrained, Special Needs
  • My Household Has: Cats, Dogs, Young Children
  • Show Me Pets Named

After you click each refined characteristic, the page will automatically reload with those specific pets. It’s important to keep in mind that clicking “Special Needs” will return results with any animal in your area with special needs. That could include kitties with FIV, who are blind, have special household needs and more. However, this refined search does make finding a CH kitty a bit easier!

Adoptable CH Cats List

If that seems like a bit too much work, check out the Adoptable CH Cats List on this site. It’s an aggregated list that I try to update monthly. What’s great about this list is that you can search by availability, gender, location and more. I hope to soon add age category, too.

The Cerebellar Hypoplasia Cats and Kittens Group


info source: lifewithchcats.com


images:

1 - 4) Ralphee the kitten (and her buddy, Max the dog)  here &here

5)  Bobbles  here

6)  Olive    here

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STOP WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING AND WATCH THIS NOW!

BUB got a rose

And you could get one of the last 20 BUB Plush Toys w/a Valentine signed by BUB herself at the BUB STORE HERE

Orders placed by Monday shipping to the USA should arrive in time for Valentine’s Day

As always, a portion of all proceeds benefit Lil BUB’s Big FUND for special needs pets

can someone please help this baby??

There’s tragedy in my past, but I’m all about the future!

I’m Lucy, and my friends at Stray from the Heart in New York City have helped me forget my rough start in life. But it left me with scars, as you can see. They took me to the vet, who said that since I’m in no pain and can eat and drink and play, I don’t need surgery. And my rescue group friends all say I’m still perfectly beautiful when you look at me with your HEART!

I get along great with all dogs and cats, and my friends want me to stay within a three hour or so drive, so they can always be a resource for me. Also, they say they’ll welcome me back for vacations sometimes! Aren’t they NICE?

So I’m here today to ask you to give me the greatest gift of all for National Disabled Pets Day: A new home! Please share me, and ask everyone to look past my mis-healed jaw and into my heart – I’m counting on you!

Love, Lucy

PS, my information is here: http://theshelterpetproject.org/pet?id=21709250, or you can contact 347-242-0459 • bethsfth@aol.com

This is little baby Bashful. Bashful has hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) and requires surgery ASAP. He is currently living at a rescue with his mom and siblings, having worked at a shelter for quite a while I know all too well how short you can be on funding. Little Bashful NEEDS this surgery to live a long, happy life. Please donate to the cause if you can, if not just reblog. Anything and everything helps!

Donate Here:

http://www.gofundme.com/62oexo

Got some time this weekend and want to help BUB raise money for special needs pets? Then take THIS SURVEY and for each submission, the researcher will donate ten cents to Lil BUB’s Big FUND. If enough of you do this, we could end up with a lot money for animals in need, so please repost.

Donald was found lying outside a McDonald’s by Dog Aide Community Awareness Program in Detroit, Michigan.

He’s an older dog, and he’s blind, but we know there’s a home out there for someone who will love and care for Donald!

He startles easy, so it would be best to have a home without young children or other dogs.  But Donald loves cats!  He also loves people, and after a year looking for a home, he really wants to find some forever people.

If you can open your heart to Donald, email info@dogaide.com or call 313-744-6364!

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Woman Rescues Kitten Born Special While Others Decided To Give Up

Zeke the tuxedo kitten was just 13 weeks old when Lisa Jones of Super Heros Animal Hydrocephalus Society rescued him from euthanization by a local rescue.

Given that he needed too much attention and time, everyone had given up on poor Zeke. But not Lisa. She got the little one on a plane from Texas to his new home in New York.

Zeke was born with a medical condition called Hydrocephalus, commonly known as water on the brain. The fluid in his head does not flow properly and collects beneath the skull, putting extreme pressure on his brain and a host of other skeletal disorders including being a twisty cat.

Despite his limitations, Zeke is continuing to improve every day with the care and love he needs! 

 Isn’t it amazing what love can do?

Read more at sunnyskyz.com

In 2014, BUB learned to run up an entire flight of stairs, starred in her own prime time television special, started the first national fund for special needs pets, and directly raised a combined total of more $160,000 for animals in need. 

This would not have been possible without your love and support, so BUB thanks you from the bottom of her tiny little heart. So here’s to BUB, to you, and to an even more magical year to come.

Please be safe tonight.

GOOD JOB BUB.

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Arrr, matey!  Is your Halloween costume an eye-patch wearing pirate?  Christiana may be able to give you some tips!

She doesn’t let having only one eye slow her down.  She loves to play and jump, and has no problems getting around. 

Christiana likes being close to her people, so she’s your kind of cat if you want a snuggle!

If you’re ready to pick up your new first mate, call Elaine at Maine Coon Adoptions in Oakland, California at 510-710-9250!