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It was just before dawn in late June when adorable pup, Koda, was out for her morning walk with her owner. And as the duo walked past the local Fearless Kitty Rescue animal shelter, Koda stopped in her tracks. Something had caught her attention and the scent was about to lead them to a very important discovery. Knowing that their beloved family dog usually displays a “cooler” demeanor, they quickly followed her. And she stopped at an odd package sitting on the donation bench in front of the building.

It was a garbage bag that held a zipped cooler…which held an abandoned cat! 

Shocked by the discovery, the team of unlikely rescuers jumped into savior mode. They had no idea how long the scared black cat had been sitting in the sealed cooler. But she wouldn’t be there a second longer! She was eventually seen by the vets at El Dorado Animal Hospital and welcomed into the Fearless Kitty Rescue foster family. 

Through a series of events and very caring people, this kitty was saved. The kitty, now known as “Juliane,” is doing fine and has already been seen and evaluated by our wonderful partners at El Dorado Animal Hospital. She did come to us with a pre-existing medical condition. In the Danish culture, the name Juliane means “Fearless.” And Fearless she is!

Juliane is decompressing in the FKR medical area for the time being. Despite her circumstances, Juliane is a sweetheart, and loves to purr and receive pets. FKR is actively working with law enforcement regarding this incident.

Sadly they do not have a camera security system…yet. But they are certainly getting one soon. Abandoning an animal is not legal and it incites fury whenever it happens. NO, Juliane wasn’t 100% safe the way she was left at the rescue overnight. The public MUST understand that this is NOT the way to go about an animal surrender.

However, Fearless Kitty Rescue wants to focus on the positives that came from this incident.

Koda is a HERO and without her, Juliane would have been in that cooler for HOURS until staff arrived. Juliane WASN’T abandoned in a remote area, never to be found. She WASN’T just thrown to the streets and left to fend for herself.

Many desperate people believe that leaving them at a shelter may be their only way to save their pets. But embarrassment and shame may prevent them from surrendering publicly, which leads to abandonment. It’s not as if they are intentionally setting out to make bad decisions. It’s a heartbreaking choice that they believe is the only option they have. 

But shelters are then left with the burden of the abandoned animal. And at their hearts, all they want to do is help EVERY animal they can. However, with a lack of government funding and support at the county levels usually not found, shelters “hands” are tied.

It’s not clear if Juliane’s abandoner attempted to go through the proper channels before making this decision. And we’ll likely never know. So her new caregivers focused on their task of helping Juliane in her new life.

Because even after sweet Juliane was pulled from the cooler, she had another challenge to overcome.

During her exam, they found a very disturbing mass on her tail. It’s possible that this is why she was left at the shelter in my opinion. It was obviously going to be a serious medical issue that would likely be expensive. When this happens, people simply don’t have the financial means to cover the costs.
 
Thankfully, everything else checked out well and she was eating and acting fine. But they had to consider an extreme resolution. Biopsies were done and the decision was made to amputate her “mood noodle”. And while she recovered, she was well taken care of by one of their dedicated foster families. That resulted in an adorable soft “cone” photo of Juliane shared online after her spay surgery!

When the results were finally in, they all had the PURRfect reason to celebrate!

Per our vet Juliane’s biopsy report came back clear! Amputating the tail was the right choice in order to successfully remove the tumor, giving Juliane the greatest chances of the tumor not returning. She is playful and has started to gain energy and her foster mom says “becoming more outgoing (and less hidey-ho)”.
 
We expect her to fully recover and become adoptable within the next week or two!

So now, Juliane’s next adventure is about to begin. 

She will be ready for adoption any day now and the rescue is hoping to find her PURRfect family right away! With everything that Juliane has experienced, they know that a caring home that will allow her to adjust at her pace will be best. If you are interested in adopting her, please reach out to the rescue right away at adoptions@fearlesskittyrescue.org.

I wonder if she gets along with dogs now thanks to Koda? *wink wink* 

Thank you so much to Koda and family and everyone who helped Juliane get to where she is today. Her life will be so much “cooler” now. See what I did there? Make is a pawsitive!  

The lives of animals are so precious, and we all can band together to save them. Much like Juliane’s story, “it takes a village.”

If you would like to donate to FKR to assist with Juliane’s needs, and the needs of the hundreds of kitties that FKR cares for and helps to place every single day, please donate here: https://fearlesskittyrescue.org/donate/

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