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•Anyone interested in adopting Circe should either print a pet adoption profile from www.fwacc.org and fax it to 260-427-5514 or visit the shelter, 3020 Hillegas Road, between noon and 5 p.m. today or Friday to complete a profile.
Courtesy Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control
Circe is a 2-year-old cat who was found during a January snowstorm suffering from frostbite. She is now adoptable.

Frost-bitten cat ready for a good home

Circe, the black cat found suffering from frostbite during the last winter snowstorm, is ready to go home to a warm, loving household.

At the height of January’s major snowstorm, the 2-year-old cat was found wandering outside on the city’s northwest side as wind chills dipped to 45 degrees below zero.

Circe – named after the Greek goddess who turned Odysseus’ men into swine – came to stay at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control on Jan. 10, but by that point, her ears had suffered the effects of frostbite, said Peggy Bender, Animal Care & Control’s community relations and education specialist.

After about nine days, the skin on Circe’s ears began separating as the skin tissue died and fell off, Bender said.

“When the skin starts to warm, it can be extremely painful,” she said.

Veterinarians kept a close eye on Circe as she recovered, giving her pain medication and plenty of tender loving care.

The cost of Circe’s care was covered by donations from individuals and organizations. As a tax-based entity, Animal Care & Control cannot use tax dollars for treatments and the only way to save animals like Circe is through donations, Bender explained.

“Sometimes you wonder how animals go through something like this and come out so loving and gentle,” Bender said.

But it wasn’t long before Circe began showing signs of improvement – rubbing her head against her caretakers’ hands, rolling around on the table inside the clinic and exposing her tummy, a sure sign of a happy cat, Bender said. Her shiny medium-length black fur and sweet and friendly personality made her a perfect candidate for adoption, Bender added. On Wednesday, Animal Care & Control officials announced Circe was ready to be adopted.

“Anytime we have an animal that was featured in the media, we have multiple inquiries from people who want to help,” Bender said. “Typically, we do adoptions first come, first serve, but that doesn’t seem fair.”

The shelter will be accepting adoption profiles today and Friday to find Circe a new family.

The shelter will select two alternates in the event the first candidate declines the adoption, but only the family whose profile is drawn as the winner will have the opportunity to meet her.

jcrothers@jg.net

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