Updated as of 3/19/11: If ever there was a cat who exemplified the Tabby’s Place mission, it’s Vladimir. We know nothing about his early life (that’s a relative term, as we’re pretty sure he was born in the spring or summer of 2010, so he’s a young animal), but he was found on a street in New York City. I don’t mean he was found by the side of the road; he was found IN the road on a bitterly cold day, with cars whizzing by him. By the time our staff got a look at him, it was evident that he was suffering badly from the effects of frostbite. At first, we weren’t even sure Vlad would survive. He was very skinny and couldn’t eat on his own. But he seems to be making up for lost time in that area; he’s eating well now, and his feeding tube has been removed.
Vlad has lost the tips of his ears to frostbite, as well as all the toes on both hind feet (though his front feet are fine). To our delight, the vet has pronounced him “out of the woods”, as far as requiring further surgery. He’s moving well now (he has a tendency to zip out of the Community Room into the lobby, and he’s very quick!).
Astonishingly, Vlad is very good-natured. Given all he’s been through, you wouldn’t think it possible, but he seems to like everybody who comes near him, and he dotes upon affection. He appears to be fine with other cats, too. Given his past, you’ll understand that it is mandatory that any adopter keep Vlad as a strictly indoor cat.
Vladimir isn’t available for adoption just yet. But he will be soon (around the beginning of April). We’re determined to find this sweet orange tabby a home where he can be truly cherished; it’s no more than he deserves!