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It Takes A Village: Mila’s Happy Tail

Dr. Victry Fredley joined the SICSA pack earlier this year as one of our veterinarians. Little did she know, her new career at SICSA would change her life in a wonderful way.

During her first Saturday on the job, Dr. Fredley was met with a unique challenge. An orphaned kitten, only two days old, was brought in  by a good Samaritan.

The kitten was tiny and her health was questionable. The kitten was infested with maggots, causing Dr. Fredley to think she may have  Atresia Ani, or the absence of a patent anus. Animals with this condition do not have a way to defecate, and therefore do not live very long. There was also concern that the maggots were a sign of the kitten’s organs dying. Dr. Fredley feared the kitten would not make it, but she and the rest of the clinic staff did not stall in the face of adversity. After her evaluation, they realized the kitten had a healthy appetite and a “feisty” personality, accoring to Dr. Fredley. It was decided that she would be placed with an experienced foster volunteer, and return for regular veterinary checks.

The kitten, named Mila, was placed with SICSA foster volunteer Bonnie Walker. Bonnie was dedicated to Mila’s growth and recovery. Without complaint, Bonnie fed Mila every two hours, and cleaned and cared for her for two months. She brought Mila to her veterinary appointments, and did whatever was needed to keep Mila healthy and happy. When Bonnie brought her in for her appointments, Dr. Fredley would squeal with excitement, elated to see Mila again.

Finally, Mila grew to be two pounds, and was ready for her spay surgery. Without hesitation, Dr. Fredley offered to preform the procedure. It was clear to all who saw them that Dr. Fredley and Mila had a special bond. After being spayed, Dr. Fredley brought Mila home. Now named Emby, the sweet, spunky kitten loves her forever home. About her new life, Dr. Fredley said of Emby, “She continues to be a feisty opinionated little girl, and loves to play, terrorize the other cat in the house, and wake us up at 4am.”

Dr. Fredley notes the team work involved in creating a “Happy Tail” like this. From the good Samaritan who found her, to the veterinary team who preformed her initial and following medical care, to the incredible foster who welcomed her into her home, to her new mom, every person involved was a vital component of Emby’s success. Here at SICSA, we are grateful to everyone that made Emby’s transformation and ultimate adoption possible. “It takes a village,” Dr. Fredley said, “and in this case it resulted in a very Happy Tail.”

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