This is Izodora. We rescued her two years ago when I saw a post on Facebook saying that she, along with other cats in the shelter, were going to be euthanzied that day at 5pm. She was about 10 weeks old, matted, filthy, and I could feel every one of her bones.
The shelter she was in killed cats without doing much to help them. One amazing young gal, the same one that rescued Izadora and all the other cats that day, and had done that very same thing for years, eventually went public after her failed attempts to have the shelter treat the cats better. It's terrible what cats went through there. Cats were left untreated with serious injuries for days until the shelter killed them. Many people and rescues offered to take the cats, get them to the vet, and find new homes for them. But the shelter refused to work with anyone and killed them after days and days of pain and suffering. So this young gal created such a public outcry that the shelter was forced to stop their inhumane practices and agree to make changes.
This is one of my favorite quotes:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has." ~Margaret Mead
As soon as I got her that day I took her to a friend who rescues so she could get de-wormed. Then to the vet the next day where she was given three prescriptions, two for upper respiratory infection. I had to quarantine her in a bedroom for three weeks till she was feeling better. The first week I didn't think she was going to live. I had to force-feed her around the clock. As sick as she was, she purred whenever I went near her and held her.
Izadora is absolutely delightful! She is super friendly, has a very, very quiet meow, loves to be held and snuggled, is fluffy beyond fluffy, has huge feet, and is my daughter, Izobel's best friend. We think she's either Main Coon or Norwegian Forest cat.
It's horrible to think how close to death she came. We are thrilled and blessed to have her. But many cats every bit as amazing never make it out alive. Some shelters are like Nazi war camps. It's awful that goes on. I have many hopes for this world as it moves ahead, one being a stop to that kind of treatment.
I hope you're not too depressed reading this but the change has to happen, will happen, the sooner the better so less animals suffer.
Have a great day!