Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sophie's leg is amputated

Many of you have asked for an update on Sophie, the one pound kitten rescued off the streets with hip dysplasia. We can't thank you enough for your concern and support for this tiny, innocent creature.

Well, I have bad news but also good news to share. For Sophie's first surgery, we knew it was a gamble on whether it would correct the leg and, more importantly, if she could keep the leg and grow normally. But we had to try.

Unfortunately, she lost nerve sensation in her paw that was she bending her toes at the lower phalanges (knuckles) which is dangerous as her weight would eventually crush those tiny bones.  The vet further explained other complications as her body continued to grow.  There were two options. A surgery to install a fixator that would cost $15,000 (yes that's 3 zeros) or amputation.We are a tiny nonprofit and of course that narrowed it down to one option--to amputate her hind leg.

As a pet lover and working in the trenches of rescue and adoption, I've come across many happy-ending stories of dogs and cats with special needs.  I know they can live long, happy lives, some better than those without special needs.  I was at peace with the decision knowing the right pet owner makes all the difference.  So just four weeks after her first surgery and weighing only two pounds, little Sophie's hind right leg was amputated. 

How is she doing? Well like many cats, Sophie is strong and a fighter.  While she can not walk normally (her back end slumps as she scoots in her hind leg to move forward and her weight distributes to the one leg) I was amazed how fast she runs, or hops I should say. Playing and racing with her brothers, Sophie can hop fast!  (Hmm may have to change her name to Speedy Rabbit.)

Sophie, Luciano, Figaro

As you can imagine, her vet bill was high--a whopping $1,300. Thankfully that bill was paid. But that's only the beginning. There was also her blood test, vaccinations and cost to get her spayed and neutered. Vet bills add up fast.

Actually it's easier than you may think!
Of course, you can make a donation of any amount with credit, debit or PayPal by going to the right hand column under MAKE A DIFFERENCE NOW and click on "Donate" button.

Other easy ways--this holiday season or for your regular shopping, just by making online purchases you can help Sophie or any of our rescued pets. 100% of donations go directly to the care of stray and rescued pets. We have zero paid staff.

If you never ordered pet food from, please give it a try. For your first order, Riverfront Cats will receive $20.  Just click on the banner ad on right hand side.

If your order pet food or any other item on Amazon , we also get a small proceed. Just click on the Amazon banner on to the right, and regardless of what you buy, whether it's pet supplies or home decor or electronics, Riverfront Cats will receive a small proceed just by starting the process and clicking on our banner ad. This is the important part. Always remember to visit our website and click our  Amazon banner ad to begin your shopping.

Pawsitively Humane (our umbrella organization) is now a participant of Adopt a Shelter. For shopping at online sites like  Petsmart, iTunes, eBay, Petco, Lowes, Walmart, Walgreens, Barnes & Noble,, etc. via the Adopt a Shelter website, a portion benefits our shelter. First go to then follow these easy steps:

Step one:
  • Choose a shelter. Be sure to select PAWSITIVELY HUMANE in Miami, FL. When our shelter appears, click on our shelter name.This will take you to a new page and list me (Christine Michaels) and Riverfront Cats as well. (Pawsitively Humane, Inc and Riverfront Cats are the same organization).
Step two:
  • Click the button "SHOP  NOW" and begin your shopping.  It's that easy to shop and help homeless, abandoned and injured pets become healthy, happy pets!

Sophie napping with her brother Figaro (she's wearing gauze around neck.
You'll notice the stitches from where she lost her right leg)

We thank you for your continued support.  Little Sophie is a constant reminder not to get upset over little things and never to take life for granted and to be grateful for what we have--our health, our jobs, our friends and family.

The hardest part awaits us. Finding a permanent home. If you are interested in meeting little Sophie and giving her a home for the holidays, please email us at

UPDATE: Sophie was adopted in January 2013! 


  1. We all send you purrs sweet Sophie and although we can't help much my Dad will send a few green papers. Love ya little sweetie, keep fighting.

  2. Aaaah Brian. Of course you would connect with Sophie. You and your siblings are all rescue cats. But if you are able to order items from eBay or Amazon, check out (choose Pawsitively Humane, Inc in Miami, FL). Shopping online helps us collect donations from retailers Thank you for your generous spirit!

  3. Christine you are amazing! Will definitely contribute. I know you carry most of the burden of educating, writing, research, blogging, rescuing, vet visits, nursing, finding homes, fundraising...Please tell us what else you need in terms of human capital so we can spread the word and help you! You must be exhausted.

  4. What a stunning face! We will share but pls post on our FB page anytime.