Shelter Dogs  

Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell

Jazz truly is special

JazzThe special thing about Jazz is that he's really not so special. Not that his giant ears with fluffy tips aren't the cutest thing you've ever seen, or that the little orange spot on his white nose isn't perfect for kissing. It's more that Jazz is a lot like hundreds of other kittens that come through Tompkins County SPCA every year - skinny, infested with ticks and fleas, scared of people, and not sure what's going on. It seems like a lot to fix, but it's nothing the SPCA staff and veterinarians can't handle.

On intake, Jazz was treated with an anti-parasitic for those fleas, vaccinated against fatal diseases, and checked for feline leukemia virus and ringworm. He got a nice, warm house with lots of stuffed animals to keep him company and plenty of kitten food to chow down on. Then, the staff went to work on taming him. Every day, people stopped by his cage and offered pets, treats, and play. It only took a few days for Jazz to realize that people were actually pretty cool, and also that he likes having his tummy scratched. By then, it was time to neuter and microchip him and get him ready to find a new home.

This may not sound like much, but it requires the coordinated effort of over a dozen people to get this one un- special kitten ready for adoption - and that makes him very special indeed. {back}