It’s the start of the New Year! Here at Killarney, all of our patients hold a special place in our hearts so we decided we would start acknowledging some of these patients with our new monthly blog feature – Killarney Cat of the Month!
As many of you are aware, we have been working with Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS). AARCS provides shelter and foster families to abandoned, surrendered and abused animals in Alberta. Here at Killarney we have been extremely lucky to have fostered several litters of kittens and to find loving homes for these tiny, vulnerable litters. Recently we had the pleasure of caring for one particular kitten that touched all of our hearts with her vivacious nature and wonderful heart. Her name is Chips.
Chips came to us when she was about 4 weeks old and weighed only 39 grams. She was found alone near a highway. Luckily, there was another single kitten found that day that was about 6 weeks old. They were put together and quickly bonded. We named them Fish and Chips. Fish and Chips lived and grew up here for three weeks until Fish was big enough to be neutered. Fish was adopted shortly after that to a wonderful new home. As Fish grew very quickly, as most kittens do, Chips remained very small. She had a great appetite and is an extremely active and confident little kitten but she did not grow as quickly as most kittens. At three months old, Chips only weighed about 1 kg. We soon discovered that Chips was born with only one kidney and one ovary. By this time she was a staff favorite and this only made us love her more. On December 11th, Chips finally went to her forever home with one of our receptionists here at Killarney.
Chips is a wonderful example for all of us. Although faced with many setbacks in her life, she is one of the most confident and loving cats I’ve ever met. She will always have a very special place in all of our hearts here at Killarney and we will do everything we can, along with her loving family, to give her a wonderful and long life.