Darling Berkeley is a stunning gray and cream tabby. Our sweet, talkative girl became homeless when her first owner died and she was turned into a city shelter. She was so lovely that she was adopted almost immediately, but returned after a short time for "being too needy and wanting too much affection!" She soon won the hearts of a second family and was adopted again. But while the humans adored her, their elderly cat did not. He stopped eating, and with much regret, family number three returned Berkeley to the shelter. The stress of all this change landed Berkeley at the shelter vet with what they thought was an upper respiratory infection. Berkeley got better and the shelter reached out to rescue groups for help finding the special girl a lasting home. When FFGW heard Berkeley's story we knew that she needed us: imagine losing three homes and being rejected for loving too much!
On arrival at FFGW's vet, Berkeley's breathing became very labored and she was rushed to the ER. Berkeley improved quickly with oxygen support and medications. We couldn't imagine what was wrong, since she had no sneezing or other signs of infection; she just couldn't breathe. One of the hospital specialists had the answer: Berkeley has asthma, and probably had been having similar attacks for quite some time. The doctor also told us that undiagnosed and untreated, she had suffered terribly and could even have died. But now that she's on daily preventive medications, Berkeley's health is stable and she's ready for adoption.
Marvelous Berkeley is thriving in foster care. She takes her medications--including a daily inhaler administered through a special mask called an AeroKat--like an angel. Berkeley has become fast friends with her foster mom's little dog, but isn't especially fond of her cats so she hasn't been integrated fully into the family. Instead, they have settled into a good routine; Berkeley's time is divided between a kitty condo placed right by a bright window so she can see and hear what's going on without having to interact with the other kitties, time in the guest room where she cuddles and plays with her foster mom or naps, and a few hours every day when the other cats are sent to the master bedroom and Berkeley is given the run of the house. but what she needs more than anything is a home where she can reign as the queen bee and be free to roam the house.
While she may need some special care to manage her health, Berkeley will bring you more joy and delight than you could possibly imagine! Please ask to meet Berkeley!
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