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Help Twinkie Heal From Painful Bone Fracture

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Update: March 2013

We’re thrilled to report that Gabriel Lozano, one of our vet technicians, has adopted Twinkie!

Last September, North Shore Animal League rescued Twinkie, who had suffered a very severe pelvic fracture, from a municipal kill shelter and placed him in our Help Me Heal program. Generous animal lovers who were moved by this brave cat’s struggle for survival donated toward his medical treatment, enabling us to give him the care he needed.

It’s often best for pets to recuperate in a home environment if possible, so Gabriel offered to foster his friend Twinkie; he brought him to live with him in late October, just days before Hurricane Sandy hit, and continued to provide him with rehabilitative care.

Although Gabriel hadn’t planned on adding a new pet to his household on a permanent basis, Twinkie simply stole his heart. “He is so sweet and mellow—very different than the shy, scared cat that our Rescue Team brought into the Medical Center last September,” he says. Gabriel’s two teenagers have also fallen head over heals for their new feline sibling.

In the next month or two, Twinkie will be accompanying Gabriel on vacation to either Florida or the Poconos. “He does great in the car, and I don’t want to leave him home,” he says. “There are pet-friendly hotels everywhere, so we’ll have a great time together.”

Thank you to everyone who donated for Twinkie’s care!

 

Twinkie's Story

When this beautiful cat, Twinkie, arrived at a municipal shelter in New York City, he was struggling to walk and clearly in immense pain. He had almost no chance of survival.

Sadly, many municipal shelters lack the resources to care for all of the healthy animals who arrive at their doors, let alone injured, abused or sickly ones. And that puts the most vulnerable animals at the highest risk of euthanasia.

Animal League America rescued Twinkie from this overcrowded shelter and rushed him back to our medical center.

Our veterinary team knew that Twinkie, who is about three years old, was in terrible pain. Twinkie was immediately given supportive care and put on a pain management regimen.

X-rays revealed that Twinkie had a broken pelvis. Although we will never know exactly how Twinkie received this injury, we do know that he deserves the medical attention to help him heal.

Twinkie will require the care of a specialist to determine whether or not surgery will be needed to recover. This type of surgery is very delicate and can result in further complications. In the meantime, our veterinary team will monitor Twinkie closely, attending not only to his medical needs, but also to his spirit. Love and tenderness are important tools, as any animal lover knows. But round-the-clock care is costly.

Will you help?

By supporting our Help Me Heal program, you are giving a second chance at a happy and healthy life to all the innocent animals who need your help. Please donate today.


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