Throughout the year, SICSA accepts thousands of animals into its adoption program. So, what is a Guardian Angel, and how do we choose to spotlight certain pets?
A Guardian Angel at SICSA is someone who helps a dog or a cat that requires special treatment, surgery, or medical needs to live a long, healthy life. These pets can come from area shelters, or surrendered by members of the public. The money used to help pay for the medical treatments is called our Guardian Angel fund, and by donating towards it, you become a Guardian Angel for these pets.
Earlier this year, MedVet, a community partner, called us asking if we could help two kittens who were badly injured in a vacant house fire. We, of course, said yes! The kittens needed oxygen, treatment for a broken bone, blood work, and IV’s before they could be taken into foster care at SICSA. Their foster named them Calcifer and Soot Sprite. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, Soot Sprite succumbed to his injuries a few weeks ago. We were by his side until the end providing him comfort and love to ensure the quality of his life. With Soot Sprite’s passing, Calcifer was our lone survivor.
Calcifer, despite his rough start, has been thriving in foster care. His foster says that “Calcifer is a little wild man! He is full of energy, desperately wants to play with my dogs and cats, is best friends with everyone he meets, and is fearless. He wants to play all the time but loves to snuggle when he’s sleepy. His favorite toys are anything that makes a crinkly sound and mini tennis balls.”
Calcifer is alive today because he is a fighter and because SICSA supporters like you are ready to say “Yes, we can help.”
For this year’s Guardian Angel, we chose to spotlight Midnight, an adorable four-year-old dog who came to SICSA suffering from intense pain. SICSA’s Veterinary Clinic Manager, Megan Dell, said “There are so many cats and dogs that have amazing recovery stories at SICSA, so it’s always hard to narrow it down to just one that we want to spotlight! We chose Midnight because if he did not received the procedure he would still be in massive amounts of pain and discomfort. Although the surgeries were lengthy and expensive, we felt that the benefits for Midnight for rest of his life were worth the cost.”
As we prepare our next featured animal, we ask that you think about how you can be that pet’s Guardian Angel.