"Falco", the special-needs kitten, is cradled by an Animal Welfare League adoption counselor
Recently Stephen Bardy Executive Director of the Pet Alliance of Orlando, reached out to Karen Slomba, a fellow FAAWO member and CEO of the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, with a challenging kitten issue. The kitten was found and fostered by a private citizen and then brought to Pet Alliance at 8 weeks of age. The kitten presented with several challenges including possible neurological issues, blindness and possibly no desire to use a litterbox. (We all know that last issue can be a very tall hurdle!)
Based on her previous experience with another FAAWO member agency, Stephen knew Karen would be a great resource. Karen was generous in her support and offered to assist with evaluating and finding the kitten a home.
The staff at Animal Welfare League were so welcoming. Medical records were shared and personal observations were discussed. And while Pet Alliance thought they had lined up the perfect adoption candidate, it was not to be. Never daunted, Karen asked someone to take the kitten home for a few days to observe it.
They learned quickly that the kitten indeed had no issues with a litter box! Small victories are important to celebrate!
While this sweet kitten will have some long term, manageable medical needs, there is so much reason for optimism as a result of everyone working together. This beautiful black kitten is now up for adoption.
“One of the great benefits of being a member of FAAWO is the ready availability of many knowledgeable members. Understanding that I could ask for help and it would be met with phenomenal collegial support is a member benefit that cannot be measured,” said Stephen.
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