Special Needs Animals

Update!!  Nokie was adopted!
Nokie is a very sweet 3 year old Chihuahua mix who is unable to walk due to spinal cord damage. A cart is being made for him. He weighs approximately 5 lbs. He is a very sweet and loving dog. His foster Mom says he is a little cuddle buddy and loves to be covered up in a blanket with her pet Chihuahua. Nokie has no bladder or bowel control so he wears diapers. He is extremely friendly and despite his condition is very active and moves about faster than you would expect. Nokie is a little intimidated by large dogs. He has the cutest, softest bark. 
Meet the newest member of team PAWS, Francisco Lindor McSnugglebuns, aka Frankie! This 4 week old baby was found by good Samaritans in East Cleveland they called PAWS for help thinking that he may have been attacked by an animal. Our Associate Director rushed over, grabbed him and drove him straight to a partner vet.  Their initial findings were that he was probably born with spina bifida because while he has mobility of his rear legs and tail, he doesn't have the muscle development needed to support his one pound frame. Frankie was covered in fleas so he was given a bath (which he hated) and then snuggled in a warm towel (which he loved) until he fell asleep.  On October 9th, Frankie began steroid medication to try and relieve any inflammation in his hindquarters and will be seen again by a PAWS partner vet this week for a more comprehensive examination. Frankie is not in pain or distress, he doesn't even seem to know that he's 'different', he just scoots along... We hope to rehabilitate Frankie and either see him regain more mobility or train to use a cart if his mobility does not improve. Just like his namesake, Francisco Lindor McSnugglebuns is a champion who doesn't give up and we are not giving up on him either.  

Mandy is a very special girl who needs a quite mature home with very little if any changes in her future family’s daily routine. You see, Mandy is blind. Consequently she needs time to adjust to her environment including finding her litterbox, the food dish and water bowl. Because we do not know what causes Mandy’s blindness, her future family will need to pay close attention to potential health issues associated with blind cats and provide the necessary vet care accordingly. Mandy had a sad story prior to coming to PAWS. Mandy was pregnant as a blind stray cat who was taken in by her caretaker. Mandy gave birth to one kitten but was not spayed. The caretaker’s family has two other cats. 

Being blind and overwhelmed by the presence of other cats, Mandy occasionally missed the litterbox. On a cold winter night, Mandy was thrown out of the house by her caretaker’s husband, after an accident outside the litterbox. Luckily her caretaker notified someone, who rescued Mandy from the back of a dumpster nearby the caretaker’s house. Eventually Mandy was transferred to PAWS. Under the care of PAWS, Mandy received the much-needed vet care, which includes a dental. In her foster home, Mandy stays in a blind-cat friendly room, where she uses the litterbox consistently. 

Mandy is very affectionate with people and loves to be held and petted. Mandy however is easily startled by other animals, loud noises and will hide when overwhelmed. Therefore Mandy will do best as the only pet living in a blind cat-friendly environment. 
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