At our 17th Annual Fur Ball on November 7, we showed a video featuring three of the thousands of pets who have benefited from our Cinderella Fund over the past year. Of those three pets, only one has not already been adopted to a loving home. Peanut's story of rescue from a hoarder, surgery to remove a tumor, radiation to eradicate the cancer and surgery to correct a congenital defect of his eyelids is told in the video below, which was directed, filmed and edited by former Richmond SPCA adoption counselor Louis Handler.
Now for the final act in Peanut's story: placing him in a home.
Considering all the suffering he endured because of a human, Peanut's affection for people is amazing. We see time after time in animals who have survived abuse and neglect that they are incredibly resilient and have enormous capacity for love even after unimaginable treatment. Affection for dogs may be the one thing for which Peanut lacks capacity – such world weariness has likely served him well in the years he was fending for himself, and he's just not ready to accept that canines can be friends. While he has enjoyed the opportunity to play with kittens at our center, he doesn't seem to enjoy the company of other adult cats, so a home without any other pets would be ideal for Peanut.
Restoring him to health has been a labor of love for our animal care and veterinary services teams. Peanut was also well loved by the staff of The Oncology Center in Richmond where he received a specialist consult and in Leesburg where he spent four weeks undergoing radiation therapy, and at Animal Eye Care of Richmond where Dr. Michael Blair performed the final operation on his eyes.
Please share the video and Peanut's miraculous story of rescue and rehabilitation, and if you'd like to give him a home, visit our Robins-Starr Humane Center at 2519 Hermitage Road. Our adoption counselors would be delighted to introduce you to this wonderful cat.
Tabitha Frizzell Treloar is the director of advancement of the Richmond SPCA. To read her biography or that of our other bloggers, please click here. Before posting a comment, please review our comment guidelines. Please note that our comment policy requires both your first and last name to be used as your screen name.