When this sweet puppy named Ava came at the Hoke County Animal Shelter in North Carolina, she was depressed. Her previous owner had abandoned her. Her entire existence had come to an abrupt stop.
Ava was distraught, and it was obvious.
But, at one wonderful moment, her circumstances improved. Ava’s spirit vanished in the same instant.
CREDIT: KRISTI PYLANT
Kristi Pylant, a shelter employee, was present on the day Ava arrived. She did everything she could to calm Ava’s anxieties.
“She was obviously afraid and sad,” Pylant told The Dodo. “We became friends after spending time with her.”
Ava’s damaged heart began to repair as a result of the shelter staff’s patience. Ava, on the other hand, had no idea that her happy ending was just around the corner.
CREDIT: KRISTI PYLANT
A shelter visitor encountered Ava and chose to give her what she needed most: a permanent home with people who would adore her for the rest of her life.
Ava’s circumstances had improved. And she appeared to understand it fully.
Pylant, who had welcomed the previously sorrowful canines into the shelter, was present as an overjoyed Ava prepared to leave.
Ava, now all smiles, even paused to say “thank you” to Pylant, extending her paw in gratitude for all the affection she had received:
“She was very lovely to offer me her paw when she was being adopted,” Pylant added.
Though surrendering to the shelter may have felt like the end of the road for Ava, it was actually only a pit stop on the route to a happy new beginning, made possible by Pylant and her employees, and, of course, Ava’s new family.
Even if Ava didn’t, they all knew that the best was yet to come.
6 Most Common Cat Health Problems
Cats are good at self-maintenance. But even your fastidious feline can’t prevent some of these more common cat diseases and health issues.
Vomiting is a very common problem with cats with a multitude of causes. They range from eating something poisonous or inedible (like string), to infection, urinary tract disease, or diabetes to hairballs.
2. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (FLUTD)
TSome estimates say as many as 3% of cats seen by vets have feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), which is actually a group of feline diseases with multiple causes.
Straining to urinate
Urinating in unusual places
Crying when urinating
Licking around the urinary area (often because of pain)
Fleas are a very common external feline health problem. But it’s one you can easily treat. Signs your cat has fleas include:
Flea dirt on its skin (they look like tiny black dots)
Red or irritated skin
Skin infections or hot spots