Category Archives: Adoptable Pets

***On hold for adoption*** Dot

Dot the sweet and cuddly is looking for a new family to lavish with affection!

Dot is a very happy and sweet doggy!

Dot needs a new home! This sweet and cuddly and extremely affectionate little pup is very quick to steal your heart once you meet her. She loves everyone she meets; every stranger is a potential new friend to be loved on.

Dot wants some more petting.

She is also friendly with cats and with other dogs. She is in general a very good natured pup who just wants to be with people as much as she can.

Dot being silly.

She has a moderate energy level and loves her walks; she does pull some on the leash, but isn’t too bad, and could be great with a little more training. We were surprised to learn from the person who surrendered her that she hasn’t had any obedience training, because this girl already shows some nice manners. She is very smart and eager to learn and to please, and I think could be quite fun to train.

Dot.

She is not resource possessive; she gives up her toys easily. She loves to be cuddled and have her tummy rubbed. We were also told she loves car rides. At her previous home, she was mostly house trained and crate trained. (However, any dog in a new and strange environment can forget her training and have a few accidents until a new routine is established.)

Dot loves tummy rubs!

Dot is from an area that is known to have a lot of very mixed up mixed breeds, and was found as a stray with no known lineage. Your guess is as good as ours as to breeds! Who knows, maybe she has 5 or 6 or more breeds in her. She does look like she might have some terrier, like Jack Russell, in their somewhere.

Dot.


She is only around 5-6 months old and currently 22 lbs, and will likely not exceed 30 lbs. full sized.

Dot.


She will be spayed and up to date on her vaccines as a part of her adoption fee. She has also been wormed and treated with a topical flea/tick preventative.

Dot has the cutest smile!


If you are interested in adopting Dot, please call the shelter at 507-644-3853, or else stop in, no appointment necessary, during open hours: M-F 2-6 and Sat 10-Noon. Even if you aren’t looking to adopt, feel free to come in and play with or walk the doggies. They love the attention while they wait for their forever homes!

Dot hoping for a tummy rub.

Lana and Kida

These sweet siblings are looking for a new home!

Lana, the lovely mini-panther with teal eyes and and outgoing, friendly personality, taken April 16, 2019.

Lana needs a new home! She was surrendered with her littermate Kida. Lana is an extremely outgoing and sweet kitty who isn’t too stressed out by new surroundings. In fact, she has such an adventurous spirit, that it seems like she enjoys exploring new things. She loves to be pet and is very affectionate. Plus, she has really lovely teal eyes. We don’t see that too often in black cats.

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Kida, the sweet and quiet patched tabby, taken April 16, 2019.

Kida needs a new home! Kida came in with her littermate Lana. She has loved dilute patched tabby markings. 
She is a quiet and sweet kitty who is still a bit overwhelmed by her new surroundings. (Moving can be very stressful for a cat.) We are waiting to see her personality blossom once she settles in.

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Born Spring 2017. They are littermates.

They are spayed and will be shortly updated on their vaccines. They have also received dewormings, been treated topically with a flea/ear mite preventative (Revolution), tested negative for feline leukemia, had a negative fecal float to test for internal parasites, and have had a medicated/antifungal bath.

If you are interested in adopting either or both, please call the shelter at 507-644-3853, or else stop in during open hours, no appointment necessary, and meet them: M-F 2-6 and Sat 10-Noon. Even if you aren’t looking to adopt, you are welcome to come play with the kitties and help socialize them!

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More Pictures:

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Lana, taken April 16, 2019.
Lana, taken April 16, 2019.
Lana, taken April 16, 2019.
Kida, taken April 16, 2019.

Louise, Laurel, and Lewis

These three little littermates all need homes!

Laurel, Louise, and Lewis, taken April 9, 2019, at about 7 weeks old.

Born appx. Feb. 15, 2019. (+/- about a week.)

Laurel, Louise, and Lewis, taken April 9, 2019, at about 7 weeks old.

These adorable littermates are all looking for new homes! All three are very social and friendly. They just want to follow you around and crawl in your lap and play with you! Come meet them and see for yourself!

They will be spayed or neutered when old enough as a part of their adoption fee. They will also come up to date on age appropriate vaccinations. They have been tested negative for feline leukemia, have been wormed, been treated with a flea/ear mite preventative, had a negative fecal float to check for internal parasites, and have had a medicated/antifungal bath.

If you are interested in adopting, call the shelter at 507-644-3853, of else stop in at the shelter to meet him in the near future. No appointment is necessary. Even if you aren’t looking to adopt, feel free to stop in and play with any of the critters at the shelter during open hours.

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Laurel. Female, domestic longhair, mackerel (striped) brown tabby.

Laurel at about 8 weeks old, taken April 9, 2019.
Laurel at about 8 weeks old, taken April 9, 2019.
Laurel at about 8 weeks old, taken April 9, 2019.

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Louise.  Female, domestic shorthair, black and white tuxedo with very symmetrical markings.

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Louise at about 8 weeks old, taken April 9, 2019.
Louise at about 8 weeks old, taken April 9, 2019.

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Lewis. Male, domestic shorthair, black. All black, no white.

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Lewis at about 8 weeks old, taken April 9, 2019.
Lewis at about 8 weeks old, taken April 9, 2019.
Lewis at about 8 weeks old, taken April 9, 2019.

***Hold until Healthy*** Foswald Kibblepot (Fozzy)

Meet Fozzy, one of the sweetest of the sweet cats you will ever meet, but who unfortunately was found in rather rough shape.

Fozzy on arrival, taken March 27, 2019.

His left ear is all but gone, and his right ear is only half there. Both are infected, though his left ear is one of the worst cases we have ever seen. You can smell the infection from across the room, and the pus just runs from that ear. He went immediately to Dr. Diane of Fairfax Vet, who does amazing work.

Fozzy’s very infected right ear on arrival, after it was shaved, taken March 27, 2019.

She says that depending on the depth of the infection, this could be a very tough case to beat. But she is determined to do what she can. Two days after his arrival, on Friday March 29, Fozzy went into have his ear amputated and the extent of the infection assessed. Update to come soon on what we find!

Fozzy on arrival, taken March 27, 2019. Fozzy loves to be pet and to rub on people.

Fozzy is one tough little kitty cat to have made it this far. Despite the pain and severity of his infection, he still just wants to be loved on and give the loves back again. He is so sweet! This cat has a simply amazing personality. He purred the entire time I was removing matted fur from around his ears and neck. The mats were very close to the skin, and few cat will tolerate that, as it inevitably pulls a bit to get them off. But I think Fozzy understood he was being helped, and was very happy to be relieved of those mats.

Fozzy on arrival, taken March 27, 2019.

Update March 29, 2019.

Good news! His ears have improved so much, that hhe does not need the left one amputated after all. A week of ear ointment should have him fixed up.

Gracie

Meet Gracie, the friendly and rambunctious young dog looking for an active home to call her own.

Gracie

She is known to get along with everyone she’s met so far. She likes children and is friendly with them, though at almost 80 lbs and being full of energy, Gracie can be a little overwhelming for small children. She is friendly with cats and with other dogs. She is the type of dog that gets along well with pretty much anyone.

Gracie, taken April 16, 2019.

Gracie is very smart and energetic and loves anything active that you are willing to do with her; walks, or playing with toys, or whatever you may come up with to engage her body and mind. She really needs someone who is willing to give her plenty of exercise. Without it, she gets bored and a bit stir crazy. (Though what active person doesn’t who has to sit indoors too long?)

Gracie, taken April 16, 2019.

She also needs someone who is willing to train her, who can come up with ways to exercise her mind as well as her body. “Clever Girl” aptly describes Gracie. She is very smart and interactive, and would adore learning new things.

Gracie, taken April 16, 2019.

She enjoys car rides. She knows “sit”, and mostly doesn’t jump up on people. As she is young, it would be good to reinforce her training with consistency.

Gracie, taken April 16, 2019.

For walking, she is not a relaxed walker; she enjoys a good brisk pace. She pulls a little on her leash, but isn’t too bad about it, especially considering her size. If you keep up a decent pace, she will match your pace rather than keep pulling. She could use more work on leash manners, but compared to many young dogs without much training, she is really not too bad. She does best in a martingale collar, as she knows how to back out of a regular collar.

Gracie, taken April 16, 2019.

As a whole, she is a very nice and enjoyable dog who has been a pleasure to take care of. Plus, she will do most things you ask for a treat, as long as she understands what you are asking.

Gracie

Gracie was surrendered as a Bernese Mountain Dog/sharpei cross.

Gracie, taken April 16, 2019.

Gracie is about 2 years old and spayed. (Born early 2017.) Weight: 76 lbs. 
She is also up to date on her rabies and DHTTP vaccine. She has been wormed and treated with a topical flea/tick preventative (K9 Advantix.)

Gracie

If you are interested in adopting Gracie, please call the shelter at 507-644-3853, or else stop in and meet her during open hours, no appointment necessary. M-F 2-6 and Sat 10-Noon. Even if you aren’t looking to walk, she would love it if visitors would come play with her and take her on walks.

Shay

Shay the sweet and well behaved young lady is looking for a family to cuddle up with.

Shay as a bunny, all ready for spring!

She is such a happy and friendly girl! And once she knows you, she gets a serious case of the wiggle-butts when she sees you. I’ve seen few greeting more enthusiastic than Shay’s. Despite her enthusiasm, she still doesn’t jump up on you. She lets her butt do the jumping from side to side. 🙂

Shay

Shay, taken April 2, 2019.

Shay was raised indoors with a family with young children, and was just fine with them. The only reason she was surrendered is that her energy level was too much for a busy family. She does have a lot of energy outdoors, and can pull on the leash when walked, though some obedience training would be able to fix that up. She does really love her walks!

Shay out on a walk at sunset, taken April 2, 2019.

When indoors, she likes to chill, and has been described as having a low energy level. She is very cuddly and affectionate with those she knows and trusts. She loves having her belly rubbed! She also loves in general getting rubbed all over.

Shay, taken April 16, 2019.

She also loves car rides. She can be picky about her toys, but has found some that she enjoys. She will do pretty near anything for a treat. She is a quick learner! It did not take her long to settle into a routine at the shelter. She will even kennel up very nicely when asked, and has never soiled her kennel.

Shay, taken April 16, 2019.

She is generally a little cautious of strangers, and will sniff them, but has not been aggressive with them. The longer she has been at the shelter, and the more random new people she has met, the more outgoing she has become. It doesn’t take her very long to realize you’re okay, and then out comes the silliness and the wiggle butt! She just needs to know you aren’t there to do any harm! She is a wiggly, fun, friendly dog.

Shay

She is the kind of dog to stick around outdoors, and has never tried to run away. She appears to develop quite a level of loyalty to those she trusts.

Shay, taken April 16, 2019.

We were also told she was fully housebroken at her previous home. (Though as a disclaimer, anytime any dog ends up in a new situation, it can take up to 3 months to fully acclimate. In the mean time, accidents are a possibility.)

Shay out on a walk at sunset, taken April 2, 2019.

Shay had not been around other dogs or cats at her previous home, so has little experience with either. However, since arriving at the shelter, we have learned that she enjoys the company of Gracie, a large and friendly Bernese mountain dog mix. Shay was only slightly hesitant at first when they met, then they got along great. She has no history of aggression towards other animals. (Though proper introductions are always a food idea!)

Shay out on a walk at sunset, taken April 2, 2019.

Shay is spayed and has been updated on her vaccines as a part of her adoption fee. She has also been treated topically with a flea/tick preventative and has been dewormed.

Shay out on a walk at sunset, taken April 2, 2019.

Shay is seal colored, which means she is black with a reddish tinge in sunlight. She has white on her rear toes and chest.

Shay, taken April 16, 2019.

She was surrendered as a labrador retriever mix, though looks like she may have something like Staffordshire terrier in her, or maybe some bulldog of some sort. Maybe she has 4 or 5 breeds in her; we don’t know. (Though if you adopt her and ever get her a DNA test, we would be curious to know the results. 🙂 ) Whatever her breed, her heart is gold!

Shay, taken April 16, 2019.

She weighs in at 60 lbs.

Shay, taken April 16, 2019.

She was born around June 2014.

Shay, taken April 16, 2019.

If you are interested in adopting Shay, please call the shelter at 507-644-3853, or else stop in during open hours to meet her, no appointment necessary, M-F 2-6 and Sat 10-Noon.

Shay
Shay

***Hold until Kittens Weaned*** Lovey and Kittens

Kitten television is live again in Room 1! Meet Lovey and her 5 lovely kittens!

Lovey, taken April 2, 2019.
Lovey nursing her five 4-day old kittens. Taken March 22, 2019

Lovey was born appx. Spring 2018.

She gave birth to 5 kittens on March 18, 2019. Kittens will be ready to go to new homes after they turn eight weeks old on May 13, 2019. Lovey will be available at that time as well.

Lovey is a sweet, roundeyed little cat who came to the shelter with five newborn kittens. She is the best kind of mama cat; she is very attentive to her kittens and takes great care of them, but is also very trusting of people and lets us staff handle them as needed. (Though we do mostly just leave her alone to do her thing, there are some necessary care items that we must do to ensure everyone is healthy and thriving.) The kittens are fat and round and healthy thanks to the kind folks who cared for her after she was left behind when her owner moved out.

We are not allowing visitors into the room at this time, as that is too stressful for a mama with brand new kittens. However, they are in Room 1, the one up front with the big windows, so that anyone who wishes may come and watch some Kitten TV.

Watch for updates as the kittens grow!

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The Kittens:

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Trixi. Female, blue and white tuxedo.

Trixi at 2 weeks old,
taken April 2, 2019.
Trixi at 2 weeks old,
taken April 2, 2019.
Trixi, taken March 22, 2019, at only 4 days old.


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Pamie. Female, black and white tuxedo.

Pamie at 2 weeks old,
taken April 2, 2019.
Pamie at 2 weeks old,
taken April 2, 2019.
Pamie, taken March 22, 2019, at only 4 days old.


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Nick. Male, blue tabby.

Nick at 2 weeks old,
taken April 2, 2019.
Nick at 2 weeks old,
taken April 2, 2019.
Nick, taken March 22, 2019, at only 4 days old.


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Gloria. Female, black and white “torn tuxedo” (It looks like her tuxedo jacket has a few holes in it.)

Gloria at 2 weeks old,
taken April 2, 2019.
Gloria at 2 weeks old,
taken April 2, 2019.
Gloria, taken March 22, 2019, at only 4 days old.


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Caruso. Male, blue and white tuxedo.

Caruso at 2 weeks old,
taken April 2, 2019.
Caruso at 2 weeks old,
taken April 2, 2019.
Caruso, taken March 22, 2019, at only 4 days old.

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Snickerdoodle

Snickerdoodle is looking for a home to call his own!

Snickerdoodle, taken April 4, 2019.
Snickerdoodle, taken Feb. 28, 2019.

Male, domestic shorthair, classic brown tabby. Born early to mid August, 2018.

Snickerdoodle is ready for a home! (His sister Cini Mini is already adopted.)

This is Snickerdoodle. He is a rambunctious little classic (swirled) brown tabby who loves to play. It’s hard to believe this is the same kitten that only a month ago was emaciated and whose survival we questioned. He would do best in a home with another cat or kitten to play with, unless you are willing to frequently give him the attention he needs. He plays hard, then sleeps hard the rest of the time. He loves soft blankets and warm places (like next to the radiator.) He has learned since coming indoors that he likes getting pet most vigorously. He usually ends a petting session by trying to play with your hand.  Snicker will come to you when you call “kittens!” or else when you shake a treat bin. He has gotten used to being held and handled and while he seems to prefer being pet on the ground, he tolerates being picked up very well. His eye, which had been clouded by infection when he was found, has completely cleared up and looks normal now. He has also been around dogs, and has learned they are just fine. (Though he would still need to adjust to any potential new canine or feline companions.)

He will be neutered shortly and up to date on his vaccinations. He has been tested negative for feline leukemia, has been wormed, been treated with a flea/ear mite preventative, has a negative fecal float to check for internal parasites, and has had a medicated/antifungal bath.

If you are interested in adopting him, call the shelter at 507-644-3853, of else stop in at the shelter to meet him in the near future. No appointment is necessary. Even if you aren’t looking to adopt, feel free to stop in and play with any of the critters at the shelter during open hours.

Snickerdoodle at about 5 months old, taken Jan. 17, 2019.

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Update Jan. 14, 2019: (From their foster mom.)

Cini and Snicker are back to health and have not had any symptoms now for two weeks. Since they were taken in as emaciated sickly kittens about a month ago, they have each put on about two pounds and look more like the five month old kittens that they are. Cini Mini’s abscess is totally cleared up and the fur has so grown back that you can hardly tell she was ever injured. The two cuddle hard and play hard and have normal, abundant kitten energy. As such, they have been returned to the shelter. (Insert tear here; I always miss my foster babies when I have to say goodbye, but can’t keep them all.)

Snickerdoodle at about 5 months old, taken Jan. 13, 2019.
Snickerdoodle at about 5 months old, taken Jan. 13, 2019.
Snickerdoodle at about 5 months old, taken Jan. 13, 2019.
Snickerdoodle at about 5 months old, taken Jan. 13, 2019.

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***Update Dec. 30, 2018 ***

Update on the three foster kittens that are recovering from bad URIs, from their foster mom:

Look who’s eye is clearing up! The scar tissue is almost gone now. Snicker is well on the way to 100%. He still gets a little snuffley from time to time and has a little clear drainage from his eyes, but he is getting close to beating that virus.

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***Update Dec. 20, 2018.***

About two weeks ago, three scrawny and very sick kittens were found. They were named Cini Mini, Snickerdoodle, and Bon Bon. The trio was taken into foster by one of the staff to recuperate, as it became apparent that it was going to be a long road to recovery for them to beat the severe upper respiratory infection that plagued each. They each were wormed and received antibiotics to combat secondary infections and take the load off of their immune systems, but ultimately the core illness is viral, which just takes times and supportive care to recover from. On top of that, Cini Mini also had her face torn open by a ‘possum, which was quite infected. Helping her recover from the resulting abscess has been an ordeal in itself. But all three are making great progress.

Snickerdoodle really turned around the bend in a good way today! He is feeling well enough to feel psycho and start tearing around the house, playing like only a kitten knows how, and mauling his sister. He is still a little wheezy, and his eyes a bit watery, but not too bad anymore, especially considering his survival was questionable when he was found. 
He didn’t want to move, and didn’t show interest in much of anything. Now he’s go go go! . He is well on the mend! Unfortunately, the virus that caused his upper respiratory infection got into his right eye, and despite treatment, he got a lot of scar tissue on that eye. I have seen some pretty scarred eyes heal, though. His left eye is perfect, and he gets around pretty well. He just doesn’t really have depth perception right now, so he does occasionally run into things. (Which doesn’t slow him down a bit!) He is friendly and rambunctious, and loves a good play session followed by a petting session. Then he finds a soft place to chill until he has another energy burst. It’s so wonderful to see him acting like a kitten again!

Snickerdoodle, Taken Dec. 20, 2018.
Snickerdoodle, Taken Dec. 20, 2018.
Snickerdoodle, Taken Dec. 20, 2018.
Snickerdoodle, Taken Dec. 20, 2018.

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Update Dec. 14, 2018

It became apparent that it was going to be a long road to recovery for Cini and Snicker, so they were taken home to foster by a staff member. There were still questions as to Snicker’s survival, so he especially needed the extra attention and tlc that a home environment can provide.
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Dec. 8, 2018

Cini Mini and Snickerdoodle were found the same day. Both were in very bad shape with severe upper respiratory infections and extreme emaciation. These kittens were about 4 months old, but at only 1 1/2 pounds apiece, they weighed less than your average 6 week old kitten. Cini Mini was the more perky, and was very appreciative of being pet. She enjoyed very much to be comforted. Snickerdoodle was just barely there. He was so lethargic as to mostly not care for his surroundings, except to eat and drink a little. He was so far gone we wondered if we’d be able to him back.

Cini Mini and Snickerdoodle the day they were found :):

Cini Mini the day she was found. Taken Dec. 8, 2018.
Snicker the day he was found. Taken Dec. 8, 2018.
Snicker the day he was found. Taken Dec. 8, 2018.

Lucinda

Lucinda

Lucinda. Female/spayed, domestic shorthair, blue and white.

Born appx. November 2011.

This round little cutie was once the pampered lap cat of an older lady. Sadly, that lady passed, and now Lucinda finds herself in need of a new warm lap and person to spoil her. Lucinda is used to being the only pet, and can be a little cautious of new cats and dogs. However, she hasn’t been overly worried with those she has met at the shelter. She is a bit wary of strangers, but once you start petting her, that back starts to arch, and next thing you know she is just loving all the petting she can get. She was very good about getting her nails trimmed.

Lucinda is spayed. She has also been updated on her vaccines, tested negative for feline leukemia, been dewormed, including preventatives for coccidia and giardia, been treated topically with a flea/ear mite preventative (Revolution), and had a negative fecal float to check for internal parasites, all as a part of her adoption fee.

If you are interested in adopting, please call the shelter at 507-644-3853, or else stop in and visit during open hours, no appointment necessary, M-F 2-6 and Sat 10-Noon. Even if you aren’t looking to adopt, feel free to come in to our cat rooms and play with the kitties. They love the attention and affection!

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Jemma

The sweet and gorgeous Jemma is looking for a new home!

Jemma on arrival, sporting some road rash, likely from a close encounter with a car. She is also a bit underweight. Updated photo coming soon!

Meet Jemma, the super lovey kitty who just wants to be pampered.

Jemma was originally found wounded on the side of the road, appearing to have either been clipped by a car or fallen from a moving vehicle. She had a few abrasions, some nerve damage to her tail, and was generally sore all over. She also arrived underweight.
Jemma went to the vet, where it was determined that she has no broken bones, and that a lot of the pain she has is probably just a combination of bruising and her tail “waking up” from some nerve damage. (Think of how it feels when your foot falls asleep, and then wakes up all tingly and unhappy.) It appears the nerve damage is mild and not permanent, and that she will make a full recovery. She has also been putting her weight back on pretty quickly, showing that it was only a lack of groceries that had made her thin. While she is not quite ready to go home yet, we are taking applications for her at this time.

No one stepped forward to claim her, so now she is looking for a new home to call her own. Jemma will be spayed as a part of her adoption fee. She has been updated on her vaccines, tested negative for feline leukemia, been dewormed, treated with a topical flea/ear mite preventative (Revolution), had a negative fecal float (checks for internal parasites), and had a medicated sulfur/lime bath.

We believe her to be around 3-5 years old.

If you are interested in adopting, please call the shelter at 507-644-3853, or else stop in and meet her, no appointment necessary, during open hours: M-F 2-6 and Sat 10-Noon. Even if you aren’t looking to adopt, we love for volunteers to stop in and play with and socialize the critters; it does them so much good!

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Update March 29, 2019:

If Jemma looks a little grumpy in this picture, it’s because I took it shortly after she returned back from the vet today, where she had both a tooth extraction and a tail amputation. We had a development over the last few days. What looked like nerve damage developed into the end of her tail dying, which was causing a bad infection in the living part of her tail. She is now a bobtail, with about 3″ of tail left. A bad day at the vet will result in a much more happy and pain free future for her. +

Jemma after her tail amputation and tooth extraction. Taken March 29, 2019.