Selina loses a leg but not her spirit


by Rodney L Merrill

Dog photographer, Christina, says “Selina always seems to look offended in her photos, but is a nice cat.”

She is an adult tabby cat with a beautiful coat in shades of brown with black stripes. As a result of a hit-and-run accident, Selina’s entire right front leg had to be amputated. Having no known home, she came to the Shelter when ready to leave the vet. Selina has done remarkably well at the Shelter. Her shaved front quarter has regrown its fur, her big incision with stitches too innumerable to count are fading into the past. She appears reasonably happy, is eating well and is quite efficient at hopping about on three legs.

Our talented cat photographer, Chelle, is out of commission for awhile after having foot surgery. Hobbling around the house got her to thinking about Selina lately.

“Selina came to the shelter fresh from the vet. Her front leg had been damaged beyond repair and had to be amputated. I remember the day I met her. I couldn’t help but think how scary it must be to have to adjust to having lost a leg in unfamiliar surroundings with an ever changing sea of faces. Selena was terrified and it was no secret. 

I worried she might never reach that turning point we all wait for, but then one day, one of our incredible volunteers worked a little magic and helped her turn that corner, and what a turn it was!

Selina now waits at the door of her cage when we arrive so she can come out for some magic. She socializes a little and then finds her spot to stretch out and nap. As wonderful as it is to see her engaging life now, it would be even better to see her go out the door. We’re determined that this sweet girl find the proper home she deserves.”

Missing a leg limits her jumping ability; but it doesn’t limit her mobility, use of the litter box, or, apparently, her enjoyment of life.

Ed says:

“Selina is friendly, affectionate and is a real trooper to maintain such a pleasant disposition through all that’s happened to her. What she now needs a guardian angel to comfort and love her, and give her a secure, nurturing home. PERHAPS THE ONLY HOME SHE HAS EVER HAD.”

If you’d like to share your home with a quiet, gentle cat, please come in and meet our sweet Selena. Getting adopted is the last corner she needs to turn.”

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