Brave Kerrianne Weathers Heartbreak and Loss

///Brave Kerrianne Weathers Heartbreak and Loss

In the face of a significant winter storm, our rescue team was determined to bring pregnant tabby Kerrianne to the safety of North Shore Animal League America.

Kerrianne came to our attention from Animal Care Centers in New York City, after being surrendered to the shelter when her owners could no longer care for her. She was uncomfortably pregnant and due very soon. Alone and under great stress, Kerrianne remained sweet and affectionate with all her handlers.

Disturbingly, this was not Kerrianne’s first pregnancy. We learned she suffered a difficult delivery the first time; and even after that hardship, she was never spayed. Our Rescue Team moved quickly to coordinate Kerrianne’s safe transport to us through the snow.

This brave mother had an exceedingly large litter – 12 kittens, but sadly four of them perished. Momma and her litter are recovering in our nursery and receiving our first-rate care. And we can assure Kerrianne that she will never go through anything like that again. Keeping the animals we love healthy and safe includes the responsible step of spaying and neutering. “Kerrianne is lucky to be alive,” says Sylvia Ottaka, Animal League America Senior Director of Rescue & Community Outreach. “Her situation could have been avoided. But despite all that she’s lost…her home, her kittens…Kerrianne is still so friendly and loving.”

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In addition to helping reduce the homeless pet population, spaying and neutering provides a host of health benefits. Spaying female pets can eliminate the risk of uterine cancer and greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer. Neutering male pets can make them less likely to roam, spray, or fight, prevents testicular cancer, and reduces the risk of prostate cancer.

Animal League America has been providing expert, affordable spay/neuter services at our Pet Health Centers for decades; it is an integral part of our no-kill mission. Our nationwide referral network SpayUSA® has helped hundreds of thousands of people nationwide obtain low cost, quality spay and neuter services for their cats and dogs.

Kerrianne deserved better. Your support of Animal League America will strengthen our national and local spay/neuter initiatives. Together we can make sure animals like Kerrianne never suffer needlessly.