Age: 5 months
Adoption Fee: $150
***Freya is currently on medical hold. Please read her story below!***
Freya came to me early September with her 4 siblings at roughly 7 weeks old. They were found living on the streets of Philadelphia. They had pneumonia, giardia (intestinal parasite)￼, and were extremely malnourished. ￼Animal control found them and took them to ACCT Philly animal shelter. I, a rescue foster, took in Freya and her siblings to nurse them back to health and find them forever homes. However, 24 hours after arriving to my home, I realized there was something wrong with Freya outside of the already known issues. She seemed to be the only kitten with diarrhea, did not appear to have control of her bowels and her rectum was swollen and raw. In hopes it was connected to the other issues, I monitored her for a few days while they got started on all the appropriate medications. After about a week, Freya’s symptoms were not getting better so I made a vet appointment to have her looked at. Immediately the vet wanted to get xrays and rule out Megacolon which is an abnormal dilation of the colon that requires surgery and can be fatal. The xrays showed that was not the case. We treated Freya with injectable antibiotics and steroids in hopes it was an intestinal infection. During this time we felt it was best to separate Freya from her siblings in order to better monitor her individually. 2 weeks later Freya was still not any better, she was actually worse. She was losing weight, did not have a great appetite and was still seemingly incontinent. Another trip to the vet where we did 1 more round of injectable antibiotics and steroids. We added a dietary supplement gel to help with the appetite and weight lose. 2 more weeks go by and there was not much change. Freya was no longer having diarrhea and her rectum was getting better but was still not normal. Now the issue seemed to be that Freya was having constapation issues and her bowel movements were causing her great pain. At this point, Freya’s siblings were all adopted and she was completely alone.
We decided to get a second opinion. The second vet tried a prescription digestion diet and Enulose (a laxative) in hopes Freya had a hypersensitive digestive system. In order to see if this treatment plan would solve the issue we decided to monitor Freya for 3-4 weeks. The enulose made a huge difference however she was still having bouts of constipation about 1-2 times a week.
Finally we made the decision to make an appointment at BluePearl Speciality and Emergency Hospital with an internal specialist. The vet specialist examined Freya and confirmed she too did not believe it was Megacolon. She wanted to get updated x-rays and bloodwork to help narrow down the search for a diagnosis. Freya’s bloodwork came back normal and her xrays were normal as well besides the large amount of stool sitting in Freya’s colon. Based off of this information the specialist believes Freya may have a stricture ( an abnormal narrowing of a canal or duct in the body) in her colon or rectum. This is treatable however, in order to fully diagnosis and treat Freya, she will need a colonoscopy. Finally, we were leaning in the right direction and were getting some answers.
Then came the not so great news... the colonoscopy and hospital care for the day of procedure will cost anywhere between $4200-$4600, which does not include any aftercare follow ups appointments.
For a very small local rescue, that amount of money is not something we have readily available. At this point we have dedicated nearly $800 trying to diagnosis Freya’s illness. As a rescue, we pride ourself in doing everything we can to help the dogs and cats we bring into our care but sometimes we need some extra help.
If you’ve made it this far, I can only assume you are an animal lover like me and the other volunteers I work along side. This has been extremely hard as Freya’s foster mom because I have seen her go through so much in the short time she has been on this earth. I love her as if she was my own and I want her to be able to live a long, healthy, pain free life.
If you would like to help us get Freya the procedure she desperately needs, you can donate here at www.gofundme.com/fundsforfreya
2020 was a rough year for many so we completely understand if you are not able to donate at this time. If you could please share Freya’s story with family and friends we would greatly appreciate it. Please keep Freya in your thoughts and prayers as we continue her journey.