She fought so hard to stay with us but just couldn't make it.
She was between 15 and 16 years old, she had a pretty tough life outside for many years. A group of START Members and me fed her outside up until about 7-8 years ago. We got her inside and at first she was her feisty self not wanting to deal with the other cats but over time she accepted them even though she always preferred humans. At that time she was diagnosis with kidney failure and the vet thought she was not going to make it. More testing found a thyroid issue, we needed to try ourselves to bring her back to her health. The medicine worked, Wasn't ready to give up). Recently she had lots of problems with her ears and the vet gave her shots and meds to help but over the last 6 months or so it was getting worst and the vet recommended we take her to a specialist. She had a growth in her inner ear. They removed it and found that she had a BB pellet in bedded in it. She must have had it most her life, don't know what happened and what horrible person did this to her. Vet also found out that the growth was cancer, vet thought she got it all. Maggie came back to the office and was happy to be back. Walking around and acting very normal, sitting in her couch up on top of the dresser in office. After a couple of weeks she was back to scratching at that same ear, crying when she scratched it. We took her back after discussing what else could be done to help our Maggie. The vet recommended her ear canal be removed. She had a good chance to make it through, she would be a little wobbly but besides that fine. The trooper made it through. Maggie recovered at our volunteers’ house for 2 weeks because she needed to have the cone on. She came back to the office after a check- up and seemed to be ok. Not steady on her feet but we were expecting that. She seemed to get worst so we took her back to vets again. They gave her more meds. Came back and again was ok for a week maybe. When I got to the office on Tuesday I called her name and she wobbled to me. Her tail up and followed me all over even though she had a hard time walking. That day as the hours passed she seemed more and more like she was having problems. I stayed at the office as usual over night. Neither Maggie or I slept. She couldn't get comfortable. We walked around all night. She finally laid in her bed next to me about 1 AM and by 2 AM she tried to get out of the bed and fell. Couldn't walk more than 2 steps and she sat down. Tried to make it to her food but after many tries she got there but licked for a second and sat down again. By 3:30 AM I text a few of the ladies telling them how poor she was. (didn't realize the time when I sent text) After hours and hours a vet came to see her and said she thought we could try one more thing before we had her put down. In my heart I knew it wouldn't help her but I couldn't be the one to make the decision when the vet said that. She went to the hospital and after several hours the vet called me. She had eaten but I asked her to please see if she could walk. Called me back after another hour or so and said we could take her back to office but she was still not able to walk more than a few steps. Pain killers were given until we could make the final decision. In the end, Kym and a few of Maggie’s friends went to vets office and stayed with her as she left us. ( very,very hard. So unfair) R.I.P. beautiful Maggie. Annette Lamberti
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Duke and Jackson by Maureen Casey
FUREVER HOMES NEEDED Below Album Shows A Few Adoptable Pets!
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S.T.A.R.T Adoption Center Locations
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Tru-Catch Traps Needed!!
Traps are desperately needed to help control our communities Feral Population
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Let's introduce you to what S.T.A.R.T, Save the Animals Rescue Team is all about. The video below is just a small portion of what our volunteers do each and every day to help the thousands of homeless, injured and needy animals in our area!
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