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We'd just turned onto our street after returning from a trip on a hot Saturday in early June when suddenly, as if equipped with a feline-sensing radar, my wife looked to the right & cried out 'Look at the kitten!'.

I stopped and backed up a few feet. Karen got out and picked up a tiny black kitten who'd run under the car to escape the blazing heat. Since nobody knew whose she was, we decided to take care of her for 'a little while'.

We didn't have any kitten supplies, so we headed to the store. As we pulled into the parking lot , the kitten collapsed. The store's clinic had just closed, so we immediately drove to the emergency clinic. During the drive,she woke a few times, meowed loudly for a few seconds, then collapsed.

We soon found that this little one was anemic & dehydrated, and had ear mites, worms & fleas. This was a very sick, very lucky little kitten! The vet said she probably wouldn't have survived another hour.

Because of all her problems, we left her overnight while they gave her a transfusion, and while she was better on Sunday, they kept her a 2nd night for further observation & another transfusion.

When we got her home on Monday, we kept her in the office or the bathroom for her safety if we weren't around.

Unfortunately, little Nala's troubles were far from over. Since our initial rescue, she's been back at the emergency clinic twice for transfusions. She's been diagnosed with hemobartonella, a blood disorder, and she'll be tested again to confirm she doesn't have feline leukemia.

As of today, Nala is happy, healthy, & active.

Bruce Roepke
Wichita, KS

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