by McKinley Corbley, Good News Network
Valentino was in sorry shape when he was admitted to a local animal shelter with a host of health problems in need of treatment. He was given the chance he needed to recover, however, thanks to Elaine Seamans.
Elaine, who works for a nonprofit that specializes in giving medical care to sick canines, was visiting the shelter in Los Angeles when she saw the scraggly cat in his cage.
Though she generally only keeps her eyes open for sick dogs, the sight of Valentino pulled on her heartstrings.
Elaine called the CEO of Leave No Paws Behind; a nonprofit organization that takes in terminally-ill or seriously injured animals for treatment, and asked for assistance with Valentino.
When the sweet feline was admitted to The Pet Doctors of Sherman Oaks, he was diagnosed with sarcoptic mange, low glucose levels, infections, dehydration, and gastrointestinal problems. Sarcoptic mange is a dangerously contagious condition that requires handlers and care givers to wear protective gear.
But when Leave No Paws Behind published Valentino's story, donations poured in from all over the world, paying for his treatments.
The feline has recovered significantly since he was placed in 24-hour care, and will soon be available for adoption after being placed in local foster care.
"His glucose levels remain stable and great along with his appetite - so over all, they tell me he is doing FABULOUSLY!" says the organization's website. "He is so sweet and his little personality is starting to shine through!"
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