Medical issues — especially those that can cause behavior problems or that will require lifelong treatment — post a special challenge for adoptable pets. And Polaris, a kitten at Purrfect Pals in Arlington, Washington, had all of the above and then some.
The 6-month-old kitten was transferred to Purrfect Pals from the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society in Port Angeles, Washington. “Polaris has a neurological condition, likely the result of head trauma, which makes him more wobbly than other cats,” executive director Connie Gabelein tells us. “He is also visually impaired, has impulse-control challenges and doesn’t always know when to stop interacting with other cats and dogs. He also needs medication to prevent seizures.”
This intimidating list of special needs might pose a challenge for some shelters, but Purrfect Pals specializes in special-needs cats and, with help from a Petfinder Foundation grant, was able to provide Polaris with the time, love, and medical care he needed.
“We are thrilled to report that his story has the happiest of endings,” Gabelein says. “Last month, Polaris was adopted by a wonderful family who were ready to open their hearts and home to a special-needs kitty.”