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  • Save #6: Johnny Five is alive, thanks to you!

    Dec 26, 2016 | Read More News
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    johnny 5When a tiny tabby and his three sisters came to Pima Animal Care Center in April as strays, they looked like normal, month-old kittens who just needed a few weeks in foster care so they could fatten up, get fixed and find families. They left PACC with veteran foster mom Sandy Holland, who's cared for countless litters of orphaned kittens and knows how vulnerable they can be.

    After a few days, Sandy started to worry about the boy. He was a little slower than his sisters, a little less playful, and was always last to the food bowl. Sometimes, kittens can begin to decline rapidly for an unknown reason, which is what animal-welfare organizations refer to as "failure to thrive." Sandy feared this heartbreaking cycle was happening, and she rushed him to PACC's vets. They gave everything they could to the faltering kitten including fluids, tests, medications and high-fat foods.

    Still nothing seemed to be working quickly enough. One night Sandy went to sleep certain her frail friend would be gone in the morning.

    But to her surprise, he was not.

    "He's alive -- Johnny Five is alive!" she had exclaimed, quoting a scene in the 1986 movie "Short Circuit."

    j5It took several more weeks of care -- and almost daily visits to PACC's medical team -- before Johnny Five started to really improve. By the time he'd finally passed the 1-pound mark, his chubby sisters were spayed and adopted.

    After sticking with Johnny for weeks, PACC's medical team determined he had been suffering from Corona virus, and the treatments had started to work. It wasn't long that Sandy realized Johnny Five was hers for life. Today he spends his hours zooming up the curtains, launching himself on and off the couch, and playing with his catnip banana.

    "He's Johnny Five," she said, "but these days, he could easily be Johnny Rocket!"

    Pima Animal Care Center’s annual Top 10 Saves series highlights ten remarkable pets who were saved at Pima County's shelter because of the community’s support. To help continue this progress, donations to PACC’s nonprofit partner, the Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, are being doubled, up to $20,000 through Dec. 31. Donations can be made here online, or by sending a check to "Friends of Pima Animal Care Center," P.O. Box 85370, Tucson, AZ 85745. If you have questions, call (520) 288-1151 or write karen@friendsofpacc.org.