Sarasota, Fla. – (September 16, 2016) – When Nicky, went missing five years ago his owners dreamed he would be located. Five long years later, that dream became a reality when Nicky was found by a good Samaritan.
Over the course of two months, a client at Cat Depot’s Rose Durham Cat Care Clinic, had seen Nicky sitting under a tree in her neighborhood. She watched as he became sicklier prompting her to bring him into her own home. After realizing Nicky needed more care than she was able to provide, she brought him to Cat Depot on Monday, September 12.
Upon arrival to Cat Depot, veterinary staff immediately realized the severity of his condition and jumped into action. It was evident that Nicky was severely emaciated and following further examination, was also found to be suffering from kidney failure.
Nicky’s owners had him microchipped due to him contracting Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) at a young age, allowing his records to be updated and tracked more easily. Rose Durham Clinic staff located the microchip and contacted Sarasota County Animal Services (SCAS) in an effort to track down Nicky’s owners. Surprisingly, Nicky had been found once before and renamed Saxton. It is unknown at this time if he ran away or was released from this second home. Through the diligent efforts of the SCAS, Nicky was reunited with his family on September 15 at Cat Depot.
Shelley Thayer, Cat Depot’s Executive Director expressed her joy at the touching reunion stating, “It is in moments like this that we are reminded of the important work we do on a daily basis. By being available to the community as a safe-haven for cats in need, we can provide Nicky, and other cats like him, with the care they deserve.” Thayer continued, “Through our collaborative efforts with Sarasota County Animal Services, we have been able to locate Nicky’s missing owners. Without their help this reunion could not have been possible.”
Cat Depot’s Clinic Veterinarian Dr. Eva Ojolick was touched by Nicky’s story saying, “After seeing how hard he fought to survive, we could not give up on him. His condition has improved since being brought to us on Monday however he is not out of the woods yet.” Nicky remains in critical condition and will be reassessed by veterinary staff this weekend. Ojolick explained, “Nicky’s prognosis is still guarded due to complications stemming from his severe emaciation. We will be reevaluating his condition this Saturday following bloodwork.”
Although Nicky will remain at Cat Depot while undergoing treatment, his owners are thrilled to have him back could not contain their emotions during the heartfelt reunion thanking everyone they met for their hard work and dedication.
About Cat Depot
Cat Depot, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) no-kill, free-roaming facility, is recognized for its progressive design and commitment to helping homeless, abandoned and injured animals. Cat Depot’s mission is to save lives, find loving homes, and provide the resources and education needed to improve the destiny of homeless cats. Cat Depot supports more than 130 cats and kittens on any given day. Open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cat Depot operates the Rose Durham Cat Care Clinic, open to the public by appointment only, Mondays-Saturdays. Cat Depot is located at 2542 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34234. For more information, visit www.catdepot.org, or call (941) 366-2404.