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Case of the Month

Sweet Shane

Sweet Shane

There’s always a risk in pet-sitting cute animals that are available for adoption. There’s a chance you could fall in love with them instantly, decide just as quickly to keep them forever, and then never be able to imagine your life without them again. Dee Dee Jo and her family took a gamble when they babysat two wonderful cats and won big when they decided to make them permanent members of their family.

“We got Shane and his sister, May May, from a lady who lives on a ranch near us,” said Dee Dee Jo. “She slowly befriends feral cats in the area, tames them, gets them fixed to help control the population, and then finds homes for the animals. The two we ended up keeping were the kind of cats you can feel completely comfortable having around your kids. While Shane and May May can get rowdy, they can switch gears in a heartbeat and relax instantly when the kids pick them up.”

A sweet, friendly soul, Shane has made friends with other furry creatures of different persuasions, as well as humans. Dee Dee Jo’s family had a lop-eared rabbit that lived in their front yard. “In the mornings, the rabbit was very active, so Shane would come over and watch the rabbit do all these little acrobatic moves. Then, when the rabbit quieted down, they would play in the shade and sleep in the sun. Our backyard is where Shane played with our Chihuahua. They just have the best time rolling around.”

Not only did Shane roll around, he also traveled around quite extensively. Dee Dee Jo has pictures of him with all the neighbors. One particular neighbor, an elderly lady, especially looked forward to Shane’s visits. When she would walk to get her mail, Shane would mock attack her slippers when she came out the door, and once he’d completed his little ritual, he would accompany her to her mailbox and back. Now that the woman is in assisted care living, Dee Dee Jo sends updates and pictures of Shane so their neighbor can still enjoy Shane’s antics.

Shane’s frolicking almost came to an end during a time Dee Dee Jo was experiencing an incredible streak of bad luck with her family’s animals. Two of her dogs got into some squirrel bait and required emergency care, a family horse started having colic, and a beloved pony was discovered to have cancer in her ears. The animal care costs were an enormous for Dee Dee Jo and her family, and when Shane developed feline lower urinary tract disease, they had no idea how they were going to be able to take care of his medical needs, too.

“I really had to have a debate with myself about what I was going to do with Shane in light of all the expenses we had with the other animals,” said Dee Dee Jo. “When we found out about the Angel Fund through our veterinary clinic, Canyon Animal Hospital, it was so relieving to know help like that was out there, because I was really in a position to need it. Between the Angel Fund, our clinic, and what we could get together, we were able to get Shane taken care of.”

Dee Dee Jo and her family would like to thank the Angel Fund for helping them with Shane’s medical needs. “He’s such a sweet, young cat with a long life full of love ahead of him, and we would have hated to have it end it,” she said. “Our children have the best animals around them right now; and while they might not have their own animals in the future, our kids will never forget this animal clan. We’re very lucky the Angel Fund was there to help.”

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