Meet Snow

Who is Snow?

Snow is a cat who was found to have burns on his head and neck.

What kind of cat is he?

He is believed to be an oriental long hair.

Below is a picture of what he should like if he did not have the burns on his head.

Below is a picture of what he did look like a few hours after being captured.

Where was he found?

We got a call about a hurt cat in someones yard and that is how we found Snow- we searched the neighborhood that night and couldn’t find him so we set up a live trap hopinghe would be hungry enough to go in it- the following night we got him. As soon as we saw his condition we knew he was coming home with us. He looked at me and that was it- I knew he was afraid and in pain but still let us pet him through the trap and I could tell he was asking for our help:( I knew that most other people in our situation would have had him euthanized but from the moment we got him out of the trap he showed us what a fighter he was. This is a cat that wanted a chance to survive.

We agreed that we would not let him suffer, but as long as he continued to fight for us, we would fight for him. And he did! And is still fighting! I’m unsure about what our plans are for adopting him out. He is FIV positive and has shown signs of disliking other animals- we are trying to work on that now. Obviously I am completely attached after everything we have gone through with him. He is the face of our rescue!

I also have to be unselfish in my decisions regarding his future. If it turns out that he will do better in a home with no other animals then we will have to make the decision that’s right for him. But I will say it would have to be the absolute perfect home! Many people have been trying to profit off of him (mostly other rescues) and I fear that someone may try to adopt him just because of his fame:( But I also know alot of people who have stood by our side since day one rooting for him! I think if the right adopter comes along- I’ll know it!

He is a video of him a few in his original condition.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=279490032132860

He had surgery May 1, 2012 below are some of the pictures from his first surgery

Snow in surgery getting sutures.

The vet techs wrote on his shirt.

Post surgery back at home.

Snow’s sutures were removed about 3 weeks ago. He’s doing much better.

Below is a link of him post surgery coming home.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=295905827157947

Will the people who did this face charges?

Yes. They have not yet found the person(s) responsible.

Anyone who may know the identity of the person who burned Snow is asked to call Sterling Heights police at 586-446-2801. Paws For Cause is offering a $1,000 reward for an arrest and conviction.

How is his recovery going?

He is  pretty much has recovered at this point- he still has some scabs that will eventually fall off, but his hair is already growing back. As far as his digestive problems go- we are in the beginning stages of figuring out what is causing that. Still waiting on the results from his fecal panel. No conditions other than the FIV as of now.

What is FIV?

FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. It’s a lentivirus, meaning that it progresses very slowly, gradually affecting a cat’s immune system. It is passed through blood transfusions and through serious, penetrating bite wounds – mainly by stray, intact tom cats. The most well-known lentivirus in humans is HIV. But the two are not at all the same, and you can’t get FIV from a cat. In fact, the only thing about FIV that you can catch is a bad case of the rumors.

Facts about FIV

1. The Feline Immuno-deficiency Virus is a slow virus that affects a cat’s immune system over a period of years.

2. FIV is a cat-only disease and cannot be spread to humans or other non-felines.

3. FIV cats most often live long, healthy, and relatively normal lives with no symptoms at all.

4. FIV is not easily passed between cats. It cannot be spread casually – like in litter boxes, water and food bowls, or when snuggling and playing. It is rarely spread from a mother to her kittens.

5. The virus can be spread through blood transfusions, badly infected gums, or serious, penetrating bite wounds. (Bite wounds of this kind are extremely rare, except in free-roaming, unneutered tomcats.)

6. A neutered cat, in a home, is extremely unlikely to infect other cats, if properly introduced.

7. Many vets are not educated about FIV since the virus was only discovered 15 years ago.

8. FIV-positive cats should be kept as healthy as possible. Keep them indoors and free from stress, feed them a high-quality diet, keep and treat any secondary problems as soon as they arise.

Despite what many people think, cats with this condition can live perfectly long, happy, healthy lives.

As long as cats with FIV are not exposed to diseases that their immune system can’t handle, they can live perfectly normal lives. And they can only pass the virus on to other cats through a serious, penetrating bite wound. So unless your cats at home routinely tear each other to pieces, it’s not a problem.

(Taken from http://www.bestfriends.org/theanimals/petcare/cats_fiv.cfm)

For more information on FIV:

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/fiv.html

or talk to your vet.

Where did the name Snow come from?

The name was picked on a wim. We brought him through the ER vet the night we got him and the woman behind the counter asked what his name was and “Snow” immediately came to mind. I’m not sure why, it just seemed to fit perfectly.

What can someone do if they see a cat that is hurt like Snow.

If someone finds an animal in extreme condition like Snow they need to start by exhausting all their rescue resources! Shelters will almost 100% of the time euthanize, as will Animal Control- they just do not have the time or resources…or compassion.

What is Trap, Neuter and Release?

This process involves trapping the cats, getting them neutered, eartipped for identification and vaccinated for rabies, then releasing them back to their territory. This effort also involves providing shelter and food for the cats on a daily basis as well as educating the community on the benefits of TNR versus euthanasia of feral, unadoptable colonies.

Links:

Snow’s Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/TheStoryOfSnow

Snow’s Chip In Page: http://pawsforthecauseferalcatrescue.chipin.com/snow-a-poor-abused-kitty

Other articles written on Snow:

http://www.candgnews.com/news/abused-cat%E2%80%99s-saga-draws-international-attention

http://www.lifewithcats.tv/2012/04/10/snow-burned-kitty-gets-help-and-support/

http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/macomb_county/cat-tortured-with-chemical-reward-offered-for-information-that-leads-to-a-conviction

Author’s Note:

I wanted to take a moment to thank to Laura Wilhelm-Bruzek for answering my questions about Snow and for her dedication to Snow as well as Paws for the Cause Feral Cat Rescue. Not only is she taking care of Snow, but also running his facebook page and trying to get some other non-Snow related issues resolved.
 
I would also like to thank those who have donated money, items to Snow and others at Paws for the Cause already. As well as the vet team that operated on Snow and are making sure he recovers fully at gets the help he needs to live a normal cat life.
 
All photos and videos have been used with permission. 
 

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