Kindhearted people are out there rescuing neglected pets every single day. Julie from the Arizona Humane Society rescued Fluffer the cat last Friday after she responded to a call and found the poor animal severely matted. At first, it wasn’t even clear what sort of animal poor Fluffer was!
After a lot of effort, care, and attention from the AHS team, Fluffer became a stunning gray and white catto once again. You could even say that Fluffer turned into ‘Floofer!’ The gorgeous 4-year-old cat was back to looking meowtastic after her rescuers removed 2 pounds (nearly a kilogram) of matted fur from her body. That’s a quarter of what the cat weighs.
The story wasn’t over yet, though. Barely 2 days after being given a new shot at life, Fluffer was adopted and now lives with her new owners in her forever home. Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview about Fluffer with Bretta Nelson who is the Public Relations Manager at the AHS.
The Arizona Humane Society team rescued 4-year-old Fluffer the cat
She was severely matted and they couldn’t tell what animal it as at first
The AHS team removed 2 pounds of matted fur from Fluffer
The cat didn’t mind one bit even though it was painful!
Bretta told Bored Panda that the AHS’ Emergency Animal Medical Technicians received a call for help after Fluffer’s owner passed away. According to Bretta, it took around an hour to remove Fluffer’s matted fur.
“She is an absolute sweetheart, so much so that she required no sedation during her procedure which is extremely unusual when caring for cats who are likely in pain,” Bretta said. She added that she’s reached out to Fluffer’s new owners and is waiting to hear back from them. However, one thing that she can tell us is that Fluffer’s now living in Glendale.
She’s a very patient cat
Here’s what the transformation process looked like
The grooming took about an hour
Fluffer looks like she’s back to her good old self
“As a nonprofit organization that cares for the Valley’s sick, injured and abused homeless pets, our community, adopters, and donors are critical to the work that we do and we couldn’t be more grateful for their support. For people interested in making a gift, they can do so here,” Bretta said.
Meanwhile, Julie Bolchalk who responded to the emergency call last week said that she hasn’t seen matting this bad. “I have seen some rather horrific cases in my time rescuing animals, but had never seen matting this bad—they were larger than her entire body. Yet, she was very sweet and got groomed without having to be sedated which is a miracle.”
She must be glad that folks from the AHS helped her out
The matted fur weighed a quarter of the cat’s weight!
There, meowch better!
Fluffer was adopted 2 days after being rescued
Image credits: Arizona Humane Society
According to the Arizona Humane Society, Fluffer didn’t mind her haircut one bit. For those of you pandas who are worried about the cat, don’t be: she’s doing well and she’s in perfect health. When the AHS shared Fluffer’s story on Instagram, they got nearly 1.2k likes in 2 days.
The AHS has a very simple but wholesome mission—to help vulnerable animals and to enrich both their lives and the lives of people. They also have a very strict policy of never euthanizing any pets to make space for new rescues.
The Arizona Humane Society also states that its various medical, rehabilitation, and spay/neuter initiatives saved 100k animal lives over the last 6 years. The organization also supports pet owners by connecting them with medical, behavior, and support experts and services to make sure that both the animals and the owners are living their best lives.
What’s more, the AHS partners up with law enforcement for animal cruelty investigations and advances legislation to protect pets from neglect and abuse.
There are plenty of Humane Societies in the US, so it’s easy to get mixed up and lump them all together. However, the AHS is a completely nonprofit organization and isn’t affiliated with any of the other American Humane Societies.
So, dear Pandas, what do you think of Fluffer’s incredible transformation? Share your thoughts in the comments!