Stray Thoughts Fall 2016 Ready for a Home Natalie Female | 2 years old | Grey DLH Hi, I’m Natalie! I came to WSHS several months ago because where I was living was bad news for a cat. When I arrived, people thought I was a crabby cat with the strange behavior of attacking my tail. Shelter staff wondered if I might have a neurological condition causing me to hate my tail. They took me to the vet and it turned out that I had a badly displaced hip, possibly from being hit by a car or being kicked really hard. I was in such pain and to me, my tail was the culprit so I tried to get rid of it. It took two surgeries by some very wonderful doctors to make me pain-free at last. Since my earlier life knew little affection and lots of defensiveness, I have been learning how to accept love unconditionally while my body heals. I am now 100% healed physically (although I may have a permanent limp) and am about 80% healed emotionally. Living in a foster home these last few months where the people are so kind ha s really helped me a great deal. My foster mom would love it if I could be adopted without having to come back to the shelter, so if you are a cat savvy person and don’t have kids under 14 in your life, I might be the cat for you. We aren’t sure how I am with cats and dogs, but I am willing to give them a try as long as I get plenty of time to adjust at my own pace. A BIG THANKS To all of Our Barkapalooza Sponsors! Grand Champion of the Show – $5,000 Sponsor Hinsdale Animal Cemetery Volunteer T-Shirt Sponsor – $3,000 Doggie Depot Contributing Sponsors – $500 Happy Dog Barkery Crystal’s Underground Hair Design Artistic Grooming Dr. Grover The Friendly Vet Furry Expressions Blue Ribbon Winners – $2,500 Sponsors Bandana Sponsor – $500 Shaw Media Robert Bair Plumbing Gerald Subaru of Naperville Give Away Bag Sponsor – $500 Water Sponsor – $1,000 Bark Avenue Daycamp Suburban K9 Pledge Prize Sponsor – $500 Dog’s Best Friend – $1,000 Sponsors Two Boston’s Burr Ridge All Creatures Great and Small Platinum Parnters – Renee Cantalupo Cat’s Meow – $500 Sponsors West Suburban Veterinary Associates Harke Insurance Agency Paws in Paradise Downers Grove Animal Hospital Camp Bow Wow Signage Sponsor – $1,000 Bark Avenue Daycamp 4 This Year’s Barkapalooza Walk-A-Thon and Pet Expo Top Pledge Contributors 1st Place – Colette Loesher of Addison raised $4,395. She donated the $500 prize for Top Pledge collector back to the shelter. 2nd Place – Cindy Johnson of Downers Grove raised $2,650. 3rd Place – Gail Monick of Bensenville raised $2,310. 4th Place - Lisa Jo Clark of Lombard raised $1,755. Congratulations to our 2016 Wags to Riches Raffle Winner! Alana Grison of Westmont was the winner of our $1,000 raffle. She generously donated $500 back to the shelter.