Sir Stuffington (TM) is getting famous through Facebook! He came into our shelter on September 13 with two of his siblings who were rescued off the streets. In addition to being filthy, covered with fleas, and suffering from an upper respiratory infection (URI), it was clear he had survived some sort of traumatic injury that caused a disfigured jaw and the loss of one eye. He also has a heart murmur and flea anemia. All three kittens have calicivirus, which is contagious to other cats.
We got all three of the approximately 6 week old kittens cleaned up and treated their URI's. Next, we located a loving foster home for the kittens to recuperate in. One of our many foster parent heroes, Blazer Schaffer, volunteered to foster the kittens until they are healthy and at an adoptable weight.
Well, not only did Blazer provide a loving home, she created a Facebook Page just for Sir Stuffington and has been chronicling her caregiving through regular posts and adorable photos. Sir Stuffington's facebook Page already has over 1,000 "likes"!
We'd like to thank Blazer for her heroic efforts. Sir Stuffington's Facebook Page will not only help him and his siblings find homes, it's also a wonderful example of how people can make a difference and get involved with Portland's own local shelter- either by volunteering, fostering or donating.
Once Sir Stuffington is healthy and a bit larger, we are planning to perform extractions of several teeth in order to alleviate any issues the new teeth would cause as a result of his jaw injury. Dolly's Fund donations will allow us to offer Sir Stuffington the extra medical care he needs to grow into a happy, healthy cat.
If you'd like to become a foster parent for Multnomah County Animal Services, simply visit our Foster web page to get started and learn more.
Sir Stuffington is not yet available for adoption. It will likely be two months or so, but we will let everyone know when he and his siblings become available. Be sure to "like" Sir Stuffington on Facebook to follow his progress!
UPDATE 9/23: As of this morning, Sir Stuffington has over 24,000 Facebook "likes" and has been featured in news stories internationally! His foster mom is now selling prints of professional photographs of Sir Stuffington, the proceeds of which will benefit Multnomah County Animal Services' Dolly's Fund. Here are links to a number of news and web stories:
- Daily Mail UK
- Mother Jones
- Willamette Week
- Huffington Post UK
- New Zealand new story
- Italy new story
- Mexico news story
- Animal Planet Blog
- Cute Overload