HAPPY ENDING ALERT!! OLAF, (formerly Winterfell #A1062126 Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)) HAS BEEN ADOPTED!!!
In January, "Winterfell" found himself at Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) with a painful lesion on his nose and a presumptive diagnosis of cancer. A plea was sent from ACC to approved New Hope Partners of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals to rescue him. We had room and Winterfell (now Olaf) came to us. Olaf was immediately started on antibiotics and pain medication and was scheduled to have a biopsy (and a neuter). Within a few days, Olaf's injury began to heal and we determined that the wound on his nose was either a traumatic injury or infection rather than a cancerous process as was previously thought. Olaf was neutered and about to be put up for adoption when we noticed another problem. Olaf appeared to be blind in his right eye. Was this an old problem or a new one?
To figure it out, we turned to ophthalmologist, Dr. John Sapienza Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Sapienza (pictured above with LVT Christine Brewer) examined Olaf and diagnosed a detached retina, a condition which can occur with high blood pressure, infection, cancer or blunt force trauma. With the tincture of time and a few diagnostic tests, Dr. Sapienza concluded that whatever trauma caused the lesion on Olaf's nose was likely significant enough to detach his retina causing blindness in his right eye.
While all this was going on, an about-to-be-married couple fell in love with Olaf and didn't mind waiting for all these tests to come back. We are very happy to report that the second he was cleared, they raced over to scoop him up. Olaf is in his forever home.
It takes a village to care for homeless cats and thanks to the efforts of a network of caring rescues and veterinarians, Olaf is ADOPTED!
If you would like to help us help more cats like Olaf, please consider donating to our New Hope Fund.