Statement as issued Monday:
Although the focus at the Allen County SPCA is adoption into the community, sometimes we forget about the underlying motivation to adoption which is saving lives. Adelaide is the perfect example of this work.
Adelaide was an owner surrender and at just a year old is not likely to live to the age of three. Shortly after she arrived into the shelter, she started to get very stressed, her heart was beating quickly and she was having a tough time breathing.
After an initial exam a local vet suspected cardiomyopathy. We ordered additional tests and confirmed his suspicions but what he also noticed was that her case was one of the most severe he had ever seen. He was attending a conference (coincidentally) that weekend on this topic so he took her test results with him for the presenting Vet to review. As one of the leading professionals on this topic, he thought, who better to take a look?
This Vet also confirmed the severity of the case. Although there is medication available for her to help her, there is no cure for her condition. He also said he didn't expect her to live much longer than a couple of years.
Euthanasia was suggested as an option, but we are convinced we have the right home for her in Fort Wayne. After starting her on the meds, she made great improvements. She has really come out of her shell and seems to be very happy.
Due to the many visitors to our shelter, we will not be able to place her in a cat room for fear of giving her too much stress. She stays in our medical area with daily love and attention from our staff and volunteers.
Adelaide would be a great candidate for a family willing to foster her, or a quiet senior home with a single or couple looking for a constant lap companion. The shelter will aid in the medical costs for Adelaide and her adoption fee is free to an approved application. To see Adelaide, visit our shelter or view her profile on-line at www.acspca.org.