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Crouse Employees Extend Patient Care to Ailing Kitty



Crouse the Cat - July 2012Crouse the Cat has been cooped up at the Dewitt Animal Hospital for nearly six months and he's so ready to move on to a new home. The wonderful staff at the animal hospital have nursed him to good health and he's become very social and ready to become a member of a loving family. If you are interested in adopting Crouse, please call Mary Kay O'Brien at 470-5964 or Michele Miller at 470-7245.



Four weeks doesn't seem like a long time, but in the life of an abandoned cat, 30 days can make all the difference in the world. Since our last update on Crouse the Cat, he's improved by leaps and bounds... so much so, he's ready to be adopted!  He's looking for a good home... and the Crouse Business Office Staff hopes he'll be adopted by someone who works in the hospital so they'll continue to receive progress reports about his new and improved lifestyle.


The staff of the Dewitt Animal Hospital have been caring for him since he was found last month outside the Crouse Business Office on South Crouse Ave. They report he is now actually playing with his toys, batting them around and chasing them. He is still defensive if someone puts their hand in his cage, but the staff feels confident it's just a matter of time before Crouse will allow someone to pet him.


Updated photos are available on the Dewitt Animal Hospital Facebook page. Call them at 446-1200 if you're interested in giving Crouse a permanent home! 


Michelle Miller from the Crouse Business Office gave us this report today on the progress of Crouse the Cat:


I am always asking the Dewitt Animal Hospital if there is anything we can get for them or Crouse. They asked for newspapers (and lots of 'em) for the animals' cages. If you can bring newspapers to the Crouse Business Center on S. Crouse Ave., Monday through Friday during regular business hours, that would be a big help. We will deliver the papers to the Dewitt Animal Hospital.


Crouse is doing well. I call and check on him nightly. I am still hearing constant raves about the bed we gave him. Apparently, he is in it 24/7. He gets quite upset when they have to take the bed away from him for cleaning. I've been told his behavior is improving!  We think he is still a ways from being put up for adoption, though. The animal hospital staff say they give him quite a bit of extra attention. They talk to him a lot and coax him with treats. Sometimes Crouse gets mad at all of the attention (haha!), but he's acting better than he was. We're told he isn't as "hissy" as he was and he isn't always putting his ears down in anger/fear. He's eating well and his health is 100 percent."


Thanks, Michelle, for the report... Good luck to Crouse...You're STB ("simply the best")!



Crouse Hospital's mission is "to provide the best in patient care." Recently, due to the compassion of employees in the Crouse Business Office, "patient" care extended to "kitty cat care."


It all started about two weeks ago when Billing Representative Kim Sears noticed a tiny cat huddled next to the side of the building on South Crouse Ave., where her office is located. Kim watched as people hurried past the little creature, not paying a bit of attention. When she went up to the animal, Kim saw he was very limp and almost frozen. "He even had little ice crystals in his eyes," she recalled. Instictively, Kim gently picked up the ailing cat and cradled him inside a long scarf she was wearing.


After bringing him in from the cold sidewalk, Kim quickly made him at home in a small box with a warm water bottle that he cuddled up to. Other members of the office helped comfort the small cat as phone calls were placed to find him help. "We didn't want to send him to a shelter where he'd be euthenized," said Michelle Miller, a payment account representative. Eventually the cat made his way to the Dewitt Animal Hospital, where he continues to be cared for. The little guy has been neutered and is about a year old.

Michelle calls the animal hospital nightly for an update. “They say he is making a steady recovery,” says Miller. “He's moved up to the front of his cage, where he's been lying in the sun.”  A large improvement for a little guy who just a few weeks ago was said to have double pneumonia, hypothermia and was starved and dehydrated. He's even being pampered by the Business Office staff, who chipped in and purchased him food, toys and a comfy bed, which animal hospital staff say he loves.

The employees who helped with the rescue want to make sure the black cat goes to a safe and loving home, and they hope that he's adopted by a hospital employee who'll keep everyone updated on his progress. Pictures and updates can be found on the Dewitt Animal Hospital's Facebook page, or you can call the animal hospital directly at 446-1200.


It's important to note that before releasing the kitty cat to the animal hospital, the Business Office employees named him.  And they say when he's finally adopted, his given name must go with him. What's he called? "Crouse," of course! 


The Crouse Business Office employees who came to the rescue of the cat they named "Crouse" are Jackie Stone-DiScenza; Michelle Miller; Mary Kay O'Brien; (front row, left to right); Jaime Ayotte; Kim Sears (back row, left to right); and Michael Nacari and Kathy Neveldine, who weren't available for the photo. You all are the "simply the best" and the cat's meow!

Crouse The Cat Ladies - news

Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232

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