Elaine Seamans was visiting theBaldwin Park Animal Shelterone day as a volunteer when one cat grabbed her attention.The feline was meowing for help. Valentino had severe mange, which is relatively rare in cats, but is extremely contagious to cats, dogs and humans alike.His condition was so serious, that his eyes had been sealed shut from the dirt and crust that had hardened his fur.
Seamans is the founder of theAt-Choo Foundation, a group who funds and supports animals in urgent need of medicalhelp that most shelters can't provide.She immediately called one of her contacts, TobyWisneski, founder ofLeave No Paws Behind.Wisneskiheard Valentino's sweet meows on the other end of the line and instantly knew that she had to help. She quickly brought the feline to the vet, where despite the fact that he couldn't see anyone, they all fell in love.
He couldn't move and he couldn't see. But God love him, he's a fighter. Everybody just adores him and they're very protective of him. His prognosis is excellent and once he gets through this, he's going to have a long life ahead of him.
The cat has had his share of ups and downs in the recovery process. He is currently in quarantine for a week to two weeks to avoid spreading his illness, where he has been slowly eating and his eyes have started to open up, but he recently crashed due to his infection.
Wisneski rushed him to emergency care where he is restingand stable. Valentino will be looking for a foster home when he completes his recovery, if you would like to follow his updates orlearn more about fostering if you live in the Los Angeles area, you can do so on their Facebook page.
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