Maya, recovering after the operation
On June 22, 2011, two sisters arrived at the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center with a small, quivering package.
A young, tiny kitten was inside the towel-laden box, filthy and drenched. The veterinarian took a look at her shivering state and remarked that she looked like a drenched bird. Hence, she was immediately named after a small, local bird: Maya.
Maya at the time of rescue
But Maya had bigger problems than needing a good bath and meal—her right front leg was badly injured. So badly, that it had already started to rot. And there was only one way to save her from fatal infection and pain: Her leg had to be amputated.
Maya at the time of rescue
The staff and volunteers were hesitant to proceed with the surgery, considering that she was only approximately ten (10) weeks old then, and in a horrible physical state at that. But her need for the operation was urgent, and it was decided that they were going to risk the amputation to save her.
She was operated the very next day. She was the youngest animal at PARC to be operated on, and volunteers nervously waited for any news from the veterinary team.
She pulled through, much to the joy and excitement of everyone. She spent her recovery days with a volunteer veterinarian, until she was ready to relearn how to walk and adjust to a life with three legs.
Maya’s fighting spirit and endearing personality captured every single heart at PARC, including Nicole Pareno, who was, incidentally, looking for a playmate for her cat Bumper, also a rescued cat.
As soon as Maya was cleared for adoption, she was given a new, soft, red bed and went home with her forever family.
Maya finally came home to her forever family
Stories like Maya’s serve as a testimony of how love, compassion and dedication can save lives and give second chances, to both humans and animals. It provides inspiration for the PAWS staff and volunteers to keep going despite physical, emotional, and financial challenges that come with helping animals rescued from cruelty, neglect, or disasters.
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Everyday, PAWS rescues and rehabilitates dogs like Seb until they are ready to be put up for adoption.
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