Minnie the Cat Adoptable after a Year of Surgeries
Minnie, an abandoned cat who was rescued by the Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort in San Juan Capitstrano, CA, and spent the past year recovering from surgeries, is ready to be adopted with her sister Belle.
Minnie was the smallest of five kittens found abandoned and rescued by the San Juan Capistrano-based nonprofit organization during the 2009 holidays. She suffered from patella luxation (a kneecap that won't stay in place) and hip dysplasia, in which softer tissue develops in place of normal bone.
CARE, which has rescued and had adopted more than 1,200 abandoned cats and dogs from San Juan Capistrano in the past decade, agreed to care for Minnie. In August, CARE collected more than $5,000 in donations to cover extensive surgeries, which included operating on both her knees.
"Minnie has done great after this year of surgeries," said foster volunteer Monica Quevedo, who has cared for Minnie through her health issues. "She is making up for lost time, running around and jumping up. ... She was unable to do that before. She can finally act like a cat now."
Minnie and Belle are 1-year-old Bengal-tabby mix cats who are quite attached to each other, though Minnie is enjoying her new freedom, CARE says.
"Minnie ... gets into everything and investigates every nook she finds and is very curious, " Quevedo said. "She is not as much a lap cat as Belle. ... They both seem to be one-person cats. They don't like a lot of commotion, so a quiet environment would suit them."
Since Minnie has a pin in each knee, she should be handled with care and will need some time to get used to a new home, CARE says. Minnie and Belle don't mind well-mannered dogs.
For more information about adopting Minnie and Belle, call CARE at 949-240-1735 or visit www.capoanimalrescue.com.
Minnie and Belle will be at CARE's regular cat Adoption Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the San Juan Capistrano PetSmart, 33963 Doheny Park Road. They also can be seen by appointment at Quevedo's home.
[SOURCE: Orange County Register]