My name is Athena!

Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in St. Charles, Illinois - Athena
Photo 1 - Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in St. Charles, Illinois - Athena
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I'm being cared for by:
Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets --H.E.L.P.

Facts about Athena

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Tan Or Fawn Tabby
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10280
  • Hair: Short
Athena is a brown/black tiger/tabby. She came to HELP from the streets of Chicago. While I am sitting on the couch, she will come over and put her front paws on my legs, waiting for me to let her know she can jump on my lap. She will immediately rest her head and wait for her head/ears to be scratched. She keeps herself amused and likes people. She rarely interacts with the other kitties. She was initially thought to have a cleft palate, but it turned out to be an Indolent Ulcer (rodent ulcer or eosinophilic ulcer more commonly known by) which is an ulcerative skin problem that is usually associated with an underlying hypersensitivity, most often flea allergy but also food allergy and atopy. The lesions they get can begin as small, crater like ulcer with raised margins that most commonly affects the upper lip. It can become disfiguring, but it is not painful or pruritic. Managed by controlling allergies (diet), sometimes systemic antihistamines may reduce clinical symptoms, and sometimes steriods are needed to induce remission.
Cats that have underlying allergies that are managed successfully have an excellent prognosis.
She has had a couple of flare ups, but is not on continuous medicine. (I have used atopica to clear up the initial outbreak and one cycle since then). Also, early in the year, I thought she had a uti, but it was just inflammation (caused by stress?). The doctor said to give her cosequin for the inflammation. She has not had a reoccurance.

About Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets --H.E.L.P.

About Our Rescue Group...

Mission Statement

H.E.L.P. is an all volunteer based, not for profit organization in the Fox Valley area. H.E.L.P. strives to provide medical care and a safe, happy, and comfortable living environment for as many cats and dogs possible while maintaining a high standard of care for these animals and making a best effort to ensure these animals are adopted into quality adoptive homes. H.E.L.P. is committed to educating the community on improving the lives of pets, and reducing the stray and abandoned domestic animal population as well as to promote spay/neuter programs.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our dogs are all in foster homes. Please check for upcoming events. If interested in meeting one of our adoptable dogs, please go to the website and fill out the application.

Our Adoption Process...

Applying for a dog, Applying for a cat


1. Complete an adoption application at

2. Once your application is reviewed, a H.E.L.P. volunteer will contact you.

3. Approved adopters will be put in touch with the foster home to schedule an appointment to meet the dog/puppy or cat/kitten.

3. All members of the family must be present in order to adopt. We want to make sure it’s a good fit for everyone! If you already have a dog, we ask that you bring him/her to meet the foster dog too. (not necessary to adopt a cat)

Puppies 12 months and younger are $300. Adult Dogs over 12 months and younger than 6 years old are $250. Senior Dogs over 6 years are $100.

All dogs adopted through HELP who complete an obedience course within 4 months of adoption date will be reimbursed $50.

Kittens through HELP are $150 and Cats are $100.

The foster home has final approval of adoption.