A tiny kitten with a big problem

This is Mary. She stole our hearts from day one.

Mary arrived at the GTHS with her mama and four siblings. She was the smallest, at only 0.46 kg, a tiny body with huge round eyes. The entire crew came to us with Giardia, a pesky parasite that causes diarrhea and can quickly lead to weakness and dehydration if left untreated.

Our Animal Care Team took every measure to rid Mary’s family of this bug. Although in a loving foster home, Mary still wasn’t thriving – we knew we needed to do more. Dehydrated and sick, Mary went into a specialized foster with one of our medically trained team members, Gabby. This isn’t uncommon. For many of our team members, the work doesn’t stop at the end of their shift, particularly at the height of kitten season. Dedicated to helping, they compassionately open up their homes so their guests can receive around-the-clock care and have access to a quiet environment.

Mary is now gaining strength in her foster home and is even playing like the rambunctious kitten that she is!  As we head into kitten season, we anticipate that over 500 kittens will come through our doors this year. Many will come to us in the same state (or worse) as Mary. Thanks to the support of our community, Mary, and kittens just like her, will have the opportunity to get healthy, and find loving homes where they will pounce and bounce and snuggle up to their humans.

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