Sylvie has a lot to be thankful for! After her family’s divorce, seven-year-old Sylvie and her brother Sammie were surrendered to the Washington Humane Society (WHS) this past April. In the seven months she was with WHS, Sylvie proved herself to be quite the little survivor.
Her brother was adopted without her, and the long months
that followed left her despondent, unable to
eat, and ready to give up on living. The medical team at WHS was very concerned as Sylvie shed pound after pound. She lost half her body weight, and they thought she might die of a broken heart. Although it appeared that Sylvie was all but gone, the staff still saw strength in her and was convinced that Sylvie could be rehabilitated and find a loving home.
Sylvie was given IV Fluids to keep her hydrated and eventually a feeding tube to provide her much needed nutrition. The staff took Sylvie home on weekends to ensure that she received proper medical attention. Still, she wasn’t progressing fast enough, and it was clear that it would take more than nutrition to save her. Sylvie desperately needed a stable and loving home.
Sylvie was put in foster care and began to show improvement. She lounged on the window sill and began eating to her heart’s content. Sylvie showed further signs of healing through her fondness for attention and playful dashing under the bed covers. She seemed to have a new lease on life.
Earlier this month, Sylvie finally found a forever home. WHS is so grateful that Sylvie survived and found a new family. This Thanksgiving Alumni Friday, we are giving thanks to her adopter Helen and to all WHS forever families!
Sylvie has that little something extra that’s hard to define. She does all the normal cat things - cuddling, chasing the laser pointer, batting at toys - but it’s the way that she interacts with people and other animals that sets her apart. She seems to know everything that’s going on. Very quiet and easy going, Sylvie rarely meows, never hisses at other cats, and is very willing to be held and talked to.
“Sylvie is doing very well adjusting to our home. She is exceedingly mellow and likes to hang out in the bedrooms or next to a warm person who will give her some attention! We are grateful that the Washington Humane Society took good care of her.”
- Sylvie’s new mom, Helen