Breed - Brown Tabby with Orange
Elysia is a bonded pair with her sister, Halle. Because they are quite shy and it took about five years for Elysia to allow herself to be petted consistently, they are both Sanctuary Kitties. We believe it would not be fair to them to have another adjustment period leaving them scared for years before they came out of their shells again.
ELYSIA NEEDS YOUR HELP!!! SHE HAS ACUTE PANCREATITIS!!! PLEASE DONATE!!!
Our sweet Elysia has been diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, which is very serious and life-threatening for cats. She is a shy kitty and was acting normally, but one evening her foster mom noticed that she seemed to be able to get two pets in instead of one before Elysia ran away. The next morning, her foster mom knew something was definitely wrong when Elysia let her pet her and pet her and pet her before she walked away and came back for more. She went immediately to the vet for blood work, an ultrasound, and hospitalization. On an ultrasound, usually the affected area shows up in a bright way. Our vet said that Elysia's pancreas and entire surrounding area lit up like a Christmas tree! Her blood work was not great and it showed that her liver was beginning to fail. Initially, I was worried that it might be FIP, which is a feline disease with no true cure and strikes with no warning nor rhyme or reason. I was somewhat relieved and just knew inside that Elysia would be fine. I told one of the vets that she was going to be another LLR Miracle Kitty, and the vet looked at me with an expression of, "Yeah, I don't think so...". She told me that acute pancreatitis is rare in cats and VERY serious with a VERY POOR prognosis for survival. In the 9 years that she had been there, Elysia was her second case. No matter, I knew that she was going to make it!
In 2008, Hazel, one of our Captivating Canines, slipped out of the one collar that her foster had put on her and took off running. Lost. While we were looking for her, we received a call about a litter of kittens on the UIC Campus (in the vicinity of our search). It was the end of summer break and quiet. We brought a few traps, carriers, and fishy canned food and were ready to catch some kittens! There were five in total and they were darling! They were behind some bushes near a dormitory and even though they were definitely shy with us, they hand no fear of walking around out in the open on the sidewalk. NOT safe in an environment that would soon be teeming with students on bicycles, walking / texting and not paying attention, and even those that just find amusement in tormenting helpless animals. We set up the food stations and were able to easily grab two, not so easily grab one, and one kitty (Elysia) went into the trap. This all took about three hours. We could not catch the beautiful calico and she would not go into the trap. She was breaking our hearts, though, because she knew she was alone and was mournfully meowing in search of her siblings. You could hear the fear and anxiety in those sad meows. It was an hour later, and we had to leave. We hadn't seen her in several minutes, but we could still hear her meows. We did one last check at the trap.. and she was inside! What a relief!! In the end, tragically, our sweet Hazel was hit by a car and died. Although we lost one precious life, we saved five others because of her. So, we named the kittens after Hazel by using each letter of her name as the first letter of theirs: Halle, Aramis, Zelia, Elysia, Lamia.
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