Eliza's Story

ElizaEliza’s story began in spring of 2007.  This rescue group started helping an elderly woman and her sister round up their 15 stray and domestic cats to have them sterilized.  The project spanned two months.

During that time, one of the sisters passed away and over the next few months it became apparent that the surviving sibling suffered from mental problems.  Since she could no longer live by herself, she moved out of the house, but would come on a daily basis to feed her pets until arrangements could be made for them.

Realizing that this lady was unable to care for that many cats, the rescue group jumped into action.  They went to the house armed with numerous cat carriers and humane traps.  The volunteers were greeted by very hungry cats, confused about their new situation.  Food was placed on the ground, and as the cats came to up to eat, the tamed ones were picked up and placed in carriers.  Humane traps were set in the backyard for the leery ones.  All that remained were the indoor kitties which were quickly gathered up. All the domesticated ones were placed in foster homes for adoption after being fully vetted.

ElizaOne of these sweet cats was Eliza, a very fuzzy calico cat who loved attention. She spent a few months in foster care until adopted.  About a year later, the rescue group received a call from the adopter, very frustrated and wanting to return Eliza.  “Eliza is too friendly, wanting constant attention, and is irritating me.”  (This could be one the strangest reasons to return a pet, especially a year later.)   Her foster home noted that Eliza was a lot thinner than when she was adopted, and her coat was matted.  After a veterinary exam and some bloodwork, Eliza was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism.

There are three methods of treating hyperthyroidism, which is an over active thyroid gland that affects the function of all organ systems.  It has been decided that the best option for Eliza is to be treated by radioactive iodine treatment, because it is simple, effective and safe.  The radioactive iodine concentrates within the thyroid tumor, where it irradiates and destroys the overactive thyroid tissue without affecting other tissues.

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Eliza is now on medication twice a day for her illness, and will be for the rest of her life unless she is treated.  The cost of this intervention is approximately $1,400.  Without the radioactive iodine treatment, it will be very difficult to find Eliza her forever home.

Please help Eliza by sponsoring this life-giving medical intervention.