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  • Kitten without eyes proves love is blind

    Dec 23, 2015 | Read More News
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    Toph the catDuring the middle of summer, we can take in more than a dozen mewling, orphaned kittens every single day. It was during this time that a good Samaritan brought Toph to our back door. He was just a palm-sized, weeks-old stray, and his eyes were completely crusted shut from a painful herpes virus.
    Two years ago, we didn't have had the staff or supplies during the height of kitten season to save an extremely sick baby animal like Toph. But because of the awesome support we're getting from friends like you, in 2015 our medical team can -- and did!
    Our doctors immediately started treating Toph with donated eye drops and gave him antibiotics to cure his upper-respiratory infection (similar to a kitty cold). After six weeks of steady care, Toph's cold was gone, but his eyes still had not improved. Given the medical neglect he had suffered during his infancy we had no other option than to remove his eyes.
    And because we have such a caring community that supports our work, we had enough resources to do just that -- as well as neuter him, of course, so he does not contribute to our community's profound pet-overpopulation problem.
    After Toph recovered from his surgery, our volunteers paired him with Azula, another young kitten who'd had a rough start to her life. One of our animal care officers saved her from an apartment where she had lived with a dozen other cats. Like many of the hundreds of pets we save each year from hoarding situations, Azula was fearful, under-socialized and going to be hard to adopt out. As fate would have it, Azula and Toph complemented each other perfectly. Azula became Toph's seeing-eye guide, and Toph was just the friend Azula needed. The two were soon marketed as bonded pair who must leave the shelter together.
    Roselia Sosa fell for them both. Azula, she says, is slowly coming out of her shell. And as for blind Toph, he's not only figured out how to get around Sosa's house and onto her furniture, but he's firmly wiggled his way into the family's hearts.
    "The kids just love him," she tells us. "He's so cuddly."

    Please consider helping us keep this great medical progress going in 2016 by making a year-end gift to the Friends of PACC, a nonprofit project fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. This independent group helps meet critical medical and behavioral needs for the more than 20,000 pets we take in each year!

    Through the end of the year, the John M. Simpson Foundation, the Bruce Family Foundation and UA's Phi Delta Theta Fraternity will match your gift, up to $15,000!