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Fisher’s Tale

We recently got to meet Fisher when he came in for an exam with Dr. Cheryl Stiehl and were able to get some great pictures of this happy cat.  This is his story.

Article Courtesy of HRSA Office of Communications.

Malnourished, trapped and obviously in trouble, “Fisher The Cat” was nervously looking at the last of his nine lives on a recent chilly morning when HAB staffers chanced to spot him from their office window. Fisher The Cat was the subject of a multi-agency rescue effort during the recent holidays.

Monica Sivills was the first to notice the tattered tabby on the roof of the old daycare center next door – and it wasn’t long before she told Tina Trombley, a nurse by training, who quickly diagnosed the imperiled puss at a distance and declared him nearly at death’s door.

One Sad Tabby: On Dec. 26, HAB staffers spotted a starving kitty from their office window. There wasn’t a moment to lose.

Gene Robinson of the Indian Health Service was enlisted to obtain a ladder from a local construction crew. And soon enough, a coordinated, cross-governmental, public-private, rescue initiative was underway.

After repeated calls to various emergency numbers, Montgomery County Animal Services Officer Jennifer Gill arrived on the scene.

Photo courtesy of HRSA Office of Communications

“Big hearts from throughout the government were involved,” recalled HAB’s Elizabeth Goodger.

Officer Gill soon had matters in hand, and named the frazzled feline “Fisher,” in honor of the lane that runs in front of HRSA headquarters and the adjoining daycare center.

To The Rescue:  (Left to Right) Monica Sivills (HAB); Hanna Endale (HAB); Tina Trombley (HAB); Gene Robinson (IHS); Off. J.E. Gill (Montgomery County Animal Services Division); Stephanie Stines (HAB); Elizabeth Goodger (HAB). Not shown, Wendy Cousino.

To The Rescue:  (Left to Right) Monica Sivills (HAB); Hanna Endale (HAB); Tina Trombley (HAB); Gene Robinson (IHS); Off. J.E. Gill (Montgomery County Animal Services Division); Stephanie Stines (HAB); Elizabeth Goodger (HAB). Not shown, Wendy Cousino. Photo courtesy of the HRSA Office of Communications

“He was in terrible condition and didn’t even put up a fight when he was scooped into the crate,” Goodger recounted.  “We would later learn that he was delivered to the vet with a Put-to-Sleep designation.”

Not so fast!

Limp and lifeless Fisher quickly rebounded, chowing down in his pen at the vet’s office, passing time by curiously watching the antics of the dogs boarding nearby. As days passed, and he continued to rally, his condition was upgraded to stable.

He is now happy at home with the Goodger family.

Fisher at OSSVH

Fisher at OSSVH

 

 

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