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The Cat Network Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The money was used for veterinary expenses for surgery for Lombardo to remove a tumor from under his shoulder.

The tumor was removed and was found to be benign.

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Lombardo was rescued as a kitten by the Cat Network several years ago and was adopted by a woman who passed away in June 2018. Her daughter was forced to return Lombardo (now age 16) to Cat Network because her two cats would not accept a new cat and were aggressive toward him. Shortly after his return, he was found to have a large sore under his left shoulder that appeared to be an abscess. An exam at the vet revealed that the sore was part of a large tumor. The vet did a needle aspiration and was concerned about the cells she saw under the microscope and recommended surgery to remove the tumor. The Cat Network applied for a grant from the Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Fund to cover the expenses related to the surgery to remove the tumor.

The surgery was done, and the good news is, the tumor was determined to be benign. There were several stitches required to close the incision, and Lombardo had to be confined to a small cage to limit his activity for several weeks. He seemed depressed during this time and wanted out of the cage, but he was not supposed to be walking around, jumping, or doing normal activities. The incision healed well and Lombardo is now enjoying good health in a Cat Network foster home. He is a very sweet and friendly cat, now free from the pain and discomfort of the tumor. Lombardo is available for adoption. Meet him:

The photos show Lombardo recently, as well as the incision after the stitches were removed. We are very grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for the grant.

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