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Maloos - a cat with traumatic injuries and deformities arrived at San Francisco Animal Care and Control from Iran on April 15, 2012.

Maloos, meaning "very cute/loveable" is a small orange tabby and white cat. He flew almost 8,000 miles in 20 hours from Tehran, through Germany and on to San Francisco. Sent to the U.S. by a group of concerned animal rescue workers in Iran, Sayeh Animal Guardians, he was surrendered to SF/ACC, the SF City shelter, with the hope that this brave cat would receive medical attention and be put up for adoption. We believe that Maloos was born with congenital deformities in his hips and legs, causing him to drag his backside along the streets of Tehran. Then, either the object of cruelty or cruel fate, he was found with shrapnel embedded near his eye. Following a bungled attempt to repair a part of Maloos's deformity, his left hind leg was amputated in Iran after becoming infected due to a surgical mistake by well intentioned but poorly trained Iranian veterinary staff.

Maloos before surgery in Iran

Maloos after surgery in Iran

Maloos at SF/ACC
Maloos's wheels ... with YOUR help









Sayeh Animal Guardians report harsh conditions for dogs and cats in Iran. Basic veterinary care is limited, and advanced medical procedures for animals is extremely rare. Their apprehension about Maloos's future—and their admiration of his plucky personality—gave them the idea of sending him to San Francisco for a fighting chance at a happy life with a loving family.

Maloos appears to be doing well despite his injuries and jet lag. The shrapnel has been removed from his face. Animal Care and Control staff are evaluating his health and temperament and determining what kind of care he will need. Because he cannot use his remaining hind leg to walk, Maloos propels himself with his front paws, and may be a good candidate for an animal wheelchair.

Maloos is an extreme special medical needs cat that touched the hearts of shelter staff. His hard life and long journey inspired them to do what they could for this extraordinary cat. Because of the ongoing lack of funding for extensive medical treatment at the City-run shelter, and the increase in owner-surrendered animals with medical conditions, SF/ACC must turn to SF Friends of SF/ACC, a nonprofit agency established to raise funds for enhanced services at the municipal shelter. Friends has set up a special medical needs fund to help more animals - like Maloos - so that they might become available for adoption and find loving, forever homes through Animal Care and Control.

To raise funds for special needs animals like Maloos or to support SF/ACC's many life saving programs, please specify "Special Needs Animals" in the online donation  comment box. Or mail your contribution to SF Friends of SF/ACC, 1200 15th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Thank you for your interest in helping special needs animals.

Last updated: 2/3/2014 2:17:39 PM