updated 03/03/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/03/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET
Home. Some cats and dogs never have one to call their own. We’d like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary homeless pet every Thursday. Today, we bring you 10-year-old Avina, who was found roaming the busy streets of Manhattan a little less than a year ago.
The city streets are scary enough for humans, so you can imagine how terrified the cat was when she was discovered pounding the pavement, severely underweight. She was brought to the ASPCA for a full medical work-up, where they determined that she suffers from a food allergy and needs to be on prescription drugs for the rest of her life. On top of that, a vitamin B12 deficiency requires that she receive supplemental injections every three to four months. Despite her health hurdles, Avina has blossomed and is an active senior cat (she loves playing with her toys!).
“Avina is an adorable, sensitive gal who prefers to be the only cat in the house,” says ASPCA Senior Feline Behavior Counselor Katie Watts. “She would do best in a quiet home with an experienced cat lover.”
A resident at the ASPCA for the past 277 days, Avina is patiently waiting for her forever home. She is spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and ready to move on to the next chapter of her life. Click here to read more about Avina and see a video of her in action. Interested parties can call the ASPCA adoptions desk at: (212) 876-7700, extension 4120.
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the U.S. The organization offers a variety of programs, including it’s very own mobile clinic, a law enforcement team and a mobile animal CSI unit. For more on the ASPCA, visit their website, aspca.org.
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