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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Thankful for a Life Saved…


I have a story to share about a life saved that is gonna make you all smile…but first…

One thing I am starting to get really thankful for is my fluffy pink blankie…the one Mom got for me at an auction.  I am finding it very nice to snorgle snuggle in at night…I can bury my nose in it pretty good…Mom thinks I am snoring…HAH!

Alrighty…enough about why I appreciate my pink blankie…

…this is something that we can all join together and be thankful about…

I am going to share a rescue situation…AND I AM NOT ASKING YOU FOR DONATIONS OR ANYTHING!!  How about that!  This is a “done deal” rescue…and I am so proud that my former shelter rescue organization took action without even thinking about cost…they believed if a life could be saved…they would find the resources.

A dog, named Phinneas…Phinny to all his friends…was brought into the local county kill shelter as a stray.  He is a Pittie mix…many local rescues will not pull Pit Bulls or mixes…but my former rescue does…Contra Costa Humane Society (CCHS) .

phinny sad

So our Adoption Manager was asked if she wanted to consider this woofie…he is about 1-1 1/2 years old…he was about an hour before being PTS…because his jaw was unable to open hardly at all on the left side.  Phinny could only slurp his food if liquefied so the kill shelter believed he had no quality of life ahead…but Miss Chrissy had a different view…she had Phinneas pulled and sent straight to a vet.

He appeared to have been hit in his face as a young pup with an instrument like a baseball bat.  The bone under his left eye was clearly broken…and he was unable to open his mouth…Phinny could not even give anyone kisses which he clearly longed to do.  So Phinny was taken to some very skilled orthopedic woofie surgeons and they said they thought they could surgically loosen his jaw joint to allow him to eat more normally…but a CT Scan must be performed to be sure…money was going to be needed.

Phinny was being fed with syringe

Phinny was being fed with syringe

CCHS went forward…they knew they would find the resources but Phinny could not wait for it to be collected…I shared his story on my FB page and Tweeted about him on September 17th.  CCHS put his story out on their FB page and then launched a major effort to get his situation heard…”Help Phinny Kiss Campaign”.  Many people in our local area heard, read and even saw him on the local CBS TV station…

Meanwhile…Phinny had the CT Scan…paws crossed it would prove that something could be done to release what was believed to be a fused jaw joint…SHOCKING OUTCOME!!



There was NOTHING wrong with Phinny’s jaw joint…see the slightly red area…his joint is just fine…but then see all that bone mass…the broken bone from his eye socket had fused into his jaw…thus keeping him from opening his mouth.  It could be repaired!!

…Phinny before surgery…he is such a happy and loving woofie…

Look at that face!

Look at that face!

…snuggles with foster Mom…

He so wants to kiss Foster Mom

He so wants to kiss Foster Mom

By now…CCHS had collected almost $12,000 USD!!! The cost of his surgery, thanks to the kindness of Sage Emergency Center in Dublin, CA…was about $2400 USD.  We have no idea how long his recovery will be…but Phinny was able to walk out of the surgery that afternoon…after the procedure…and give his foster Mom his first ever Phinny kisses…you can view the video HERE…it is worth the watch…trust me!

Just hours after surgery…check out Phinny’s new favorite discovery…he has a tongue!!!…and NO! He is not missing an ear…someone should be punished for taking such an awful photo of this handsome boy…but just focus on that tongue hanging out for the first time!

Phinny has a tongue

Phinny is chewing up a storm…he will be available for adoption (this list is already very long of possible adopters!) as soon as the doctors say “Ok”…and Phinny will be sponsoring a medical Phinny Fund through CCHS with the excess dollars raised for him…that money will be dedicated to helping any other special need woofies and cats CCHS pulls from the kill shelter.

I hope you have all enjoyed learning about this marvelous rescue story.  Without the conviction of my former shelter, Phinny would not have been saved…CCHS KNEW they could help him…and if not…then he deserved to have love no matter what.  I am proud to be a former resident of CCHS’s Kitty Corner…but for them I also would not be here.

And so I join Pepi Smart Dog’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop…and we have so much to be thankful for…my former rescue, CCHS, may not be big…we don’t ever win any competitions from Pet Finder and other contests where the rescue has to get votes every day for a bazillion days…we don’t have that many followers on FB to give us the votes…but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have mighty hearts and conviction that even one life saved helps make a difference to those Four Paws we just helped find a better life…here’s to being thankful for all those small rescues who work so very hard on such small budgets…yet make a difference to those they rescue…


Paw Pats, Savannah

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45 thoughts on “Thankful for a Life Saved…

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  4. I really hope he finds a loving home. 🙂 Phinny looks like a total sweetheart!

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  6. An amazing story, it is great to know there is still some good in the world!

  7. Thanks so much for this Savannah. It has made our day and shows what a community can do. One dog, cat, pet at a time.

  8. maxwellnfaraday on said:

    We are SO very happy for Phinny!!!

  9. Thanks for sharing Phinneas… (another Phinny – Fen is pleased) story with us.

  10. That’s fantastic!

  11. What an amazing rescue! Thanks for sharing. TW get all misty eyed after watching the video.

    • wasn’t Phinny happy!! Even if someone doesn’t like Pit Bull, Pittie mixes…how can you not smile over Phinny’s excitement at finding he has a functional tongue he can give kisses with. After all he has experienced, he has no fear of people nor other woofies…he is just a happy, appreciative woofie…Mom Linda hopes to meet him soon..paw pats, Savvy

  12. This is a true “feel good” story Savvy…Thank you for sharing it and making my day so much brighter

  13. What a wonderful story, Savvy! That’s for sharing it with all of us. And we purr that Phinny finds a great furever home. He sure does deserve it!!

  14. This is so moving, Savvy, and we’re so happy for the happy end. Phinny is so adorable 🙂 Your fluffy pink blanket suits you good, you look like a star…and no belly at all 😉 Pawkiss 🙂

  15. What a wonderful story, Savvy. I’m so glad Phinny got the care he needed and now will be going to a wonderful furever home.

    Mom saw your pink blankie yesterday and told me all about you. AND she got to pet you! That was very special.

  16. What a happy story.

  17. It’s so wonderful of you to share such a special story. Phinny will have so much to talk about to his human and fur friends. He is an ambassador now.

  18. Amazing & heart warming rescue story Savannah & Linda. We read & see so many horro stories on FB & in the news…I cry over all the animals…today I am crying tears of joy because Phinney is fixed!!! He is so adorable & so brave & so good to not become a people hater after what was done to him!!! We wish him all the best..Life, Love & Licking….LOL….
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xoxo

  19. What a heart warming effort by everyone to get Phinny the surgery he needed so he could be adopted and have a loving family to care for him. We know he will be well loved.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  20. We cry, but we are so happy for Phinny. I wish a wonderful family will adopt him! And I’m glad that the shelter will use the money to help other anipals. That was such a wonderful post Savannah, THANKS! THANKS!

  21. Savvy that is one pawsome story that made our Mom have very leaky eyes.

  22. We are so happy for Phinny! Woooooowoooooooo!

  23. WHAT AN WONDERFUL STORY!!!!!!!!! CCHS ROCKS!!!!! And all those people that donated rock! But most of all, Phinny rocks! We are so glad he was saved and all fixed up.

  24. mollieandalfie on said:

    Oh what a wonderful story Savvy, now he can live a normal happy life 🙂 xxooxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  25. Mags Corner on said:

    Amazing and what a sweetie!!! Loved the story and the video. Such a happy boy he is. Hugs and nose kisses

  26. that is AWESOME!!!!

  27. Awww… that’s WONDERFUL news! Wonderful news, indeed.


    PS. Your pink blankie is very pretty.

  28. Woohoo,here’s to a speedy recovery!xx Speedy

  29. Oh goodness gracious. We came back to check on our comment and Google Chrome ATE it! We’re going to try Firefox…
    We are really happy for Phinny. What a wonderful rescue story!

  30. Savvy, that is such a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing the story with us. Live Long and Prosper, Phinny!


  31. He’s gorgeous! I hope he’ll be very happy now.

  32. Mummy Janey look at the x ray and grinned!!
    Phinny is a very handsome doggie,and he has a cute tongue!
    Sooooooo happy that a ‘no hoper’ was given’ heaps of hope’ by loving generous people.
    The REAL Maple Syrup Mob xxxxx

  33. Katie Isabella on said:

    I love stories in which animals are saved. Thank you Savvy.

  34. mistletoeandhitch on said:

    What a wonderful story, Savannah! We are thrilled with Phinny’s excellent outcome. We are sure he’s future is so bright he’ll need doggy sunglasses!

  35. Yay for that happy story! We love that kissing video!

    Love and licks,

  36. What a heartwarming story! Paws up to Contra Costa Humane Society for going the extra mile for this guy.

  37. What a brilliant story and rescue for Phinny…oh my heart breaks at the things that animals go through..what a world we live in Savvy…if not for brilliant stories like this one could easily lie on the couch and bury themselves in that pink blankie of yours and not come out ..brilliant days ahead I hop for this soul who has no reason to smile at people and yet does 🙂 Luvs and hugs to you Savvy and Phinny xxxxx Fozziemum

  38. What a GREAT story Savvy……Phinny was a lucky boy and even I have to admit he’s a cutie pie…..before and especially after his surgery. I’m happy there are a lot of people who want to give him a forever home and get lots of kisses from a guy who was just waiting for chance!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  39. Hooray for Phinny! Whee are so glad he is much better and happier now. It’s sad to think how he may have been hurt in the first place, and how anyone could do that to a defenceless pup. Whee are just happy he has been saved!

    Well done to everyone involved

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

  40. Wow, that’s an amazing rescue story! How awesome!

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