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A New Tail is a volunteer based, no kill animal rescue whose main objective is to support the local animal shelters in the Silicon Valley.
Our purpose is to place rescued animals from these shelters into foster homes, and then adopt them out to dedicated homes through adoption fairs.
A New Tailhouses and adopts out all types of domestic household animals, and focuses on animals that are more difficult for shelters to place.
Adoption Fairs Saturdays at Almaden
Sundays at Fremont Petsmart 2:00-4:00
A New Tail News! May
This is Michelle. Isn't she cute? She's about
nine weeks old, and a little small for her
age, but today we found out why, and that's
why we're here. Michelle has a condition called
Pectus Excavatum, and she needs surgery soon
to improve her quality of life.
Some people would say its too expensive,
but we disagree, and want to give Michelle
the best possible life she can have. She will
be available for adoption but only to a SUPER
SPECIAL ADOPTER who can tell us why they need
this bionic kitty as their own. She will be
available in a few weeks once we get her surgery
done, and on the road to recovery. Her recovery
process is going to be 5 weeks, so potential
adopters need to understand that is weekly
vet visits during that time - but don't fear,
our doctor will already have billed us for
that, so you can focus on loving her and healing
In the meantime, we are hoping that we can
get this kitty's story shared all over the
kitteh interwebs, and raise the needed funds
for her surgery. Our ballpark is about $3000
but that may be updated as we get closer to
You can read more about our surgeon Dr. Appel
and this procedure and even see some cool
photos here. We already love Dr. Appel, and
she loves Michelle and has already offered
to keep her at home for a few days after her
surgery. How awesome is that!!!
A New Tail is a registered 501c3, and if
you need a receipt for tax purposes, please
Please forward this, share, repost etc, as
much as you possibly can without getting annoying,
we want to bring Michelle's story to light,
and get her on the road to a great one!
Pectus excavatum is a hereditary disorder
that is apparent immediately after birth.
The primary indicator of this condition is
a distinct "dent" deformity in the
middle of your kitty's chest. Cats aren't
the only species that can have this problem,
as humans and dogs can suffer from it as well.
What is It?
Pectus excavatum is a latin phrase that literally
means "sunken chest" or "hollow
chest." When you see a kitten suffering
from this condition, you will understand exactly
why it is called this. The condition occurs
when the central chest bone, called the sternum,
and ribs grow in an unnatural way, creating
a significant indentation in the cat's chest.
It actually can be a little scary to see in
person, but it is not necessarily as bad as
it looks. Cats can survive for months or years
with this type of deformity, although it does
severely impact their quality of life.
The indentation caused by this deformity can
lead to a host of health issues in your cat,
so it is important to consult a veterinarian
immediately if you think your kitten is suffering
from this genetic defect. Cats and kittens
with pectus excavatum maybe unwilling or unable
to eat a substantial amount, causing them
to lose weight and exhibit signs of bodily
weakness. Lung diseases, including pneumonia,
as well as difficulty breathing also are common
symptoms, according to The Cat Clinic. Since
the indentation severely limits the amount
of space available in your cat's chest cavity,
his heart also may have trouble maintaining
Looking at a kitten suffering from this condition
can be a bit heart-stopping for some. After
all, it looks like the cat's vital organs
are practically bordering his skin. However,
there is a not-so-gruesome surgical option
for rectifying the problem. There are two
types of surgery to treat the problem, one
requires removal of the deformed bones while
the other attempts to "pull" the
bones back into position over time, according
to Vet Surgery Central. The first option requires
the surgeon to remove the bent bones and replace
them with a graft. This surgery is taxing
and more invasive, but produces quicker results.
Alternatively, the vet can leave the bones
in place and attach a solid cast to the skin
above the sternum with sutures. The cast is
molded into the desired shape of your cat's
chest, so the pressure from the sutures slowly
pulls the bones back into position. The second
option is much less invasive, but may take
longer to work and requires additional post-surgery
to A New Tail are
WE Need YOU!
We are looking for foster
homes in the Fremont and San Jose Areas. Fostering
is easy and rewarding for the entire family!
We provide food, litter, and pay for vet
care. You foster kittens in your home until
they are ready to be moved to a PetSmart location.
We are especially looking for experienced
bottle feeders, and those willing to learn!