Simba, a seven month old orange tabby cat, was surrendered in March 2014 to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, after his owners could'nt care for him any longer. While handing him over, they informed SPCA staff that Simba had escaped from their house a week prior and had been missing for four days. Simba had been found by children stuck under a fence. While being pulled to freedom, Simba suffered fur loss as well as major lacerations on his hind leg. The owners were grateful to have Simba home, but unable to afford veterinarian care, they treated his lacerations themselves for a couple of days. They told the SPCA that the abscess which had formed on Simba’s back leg had become infected and eroded the skin. After Simba’s original owners had left, staff members were able to examine Simba further and noticed that his wounds were larger than described forcing them to send him for immediate medical attention.

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation Medical Emergency Grant for Animals contributed to the care of Simba, described by the veterinarian hospital staff as sweet, loving, docile and very tolerant of medical treatment. Even wearing his Elizabethan collar in severe pain and obviously injured, he was open to being pet and kissed while his wounds were inspected. After being treated and released back into the care of the SPCA, Simba recuperated very well. He was as friendly and social as could be with volunteers and staff who quickly fell in love with him. Shortly after Simba healed, he was featured in the local paper as the “Pet of the Week”. The following evening after the newspapers had been delivered, staff members received a call from a couple looking specifically for a young orange tabby cat and wanted to meet Simba. Upon approval, the happy couple spent the night excitingly gathering pet supplies in preparation for Simba's arrival at his new forever home. Simba was adopted in April to a loving family who will care for him properly for the remainder of his life. 


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