WESTMINSTER - Every hour veterinarians and volunteers check on Wyatt and help to treat him. Every hour they realize how close Wyatt was to not having another minute.
"I would say that he was probably going to die that day. With his body temperature being that low and how lethargic he was, I didn't see him making it past that day," Almost Home shelter manager Tanessa Cline said.
Wyatt, an adult male cat, was found a week ago locked in a foreclosed home where it had been for two months without food or water. A neighbor of the foreclosed home had spotted Wyatt in a window. When a maintenance worker showed up at the home the neighbor asked him to look for the cat.
"It was just very hard seeing him in that condition and knowing that he didn't have any help for two months to get out of that house," Cline said.
When Wyatt was brought to Almost Home Adoptions he weighed 5.7 pounds. A healthy cat should weigh twice that.
Wyatt is not the first cat Almost Home Adoptions has received that was locked in a foreclosed home for an extended period of time. Carrie Lynn, an adult female cat, came to the organization a year ago. After a long recovery, that cat is now ready for adoption.
The organization says that, while foreclosures do happen, what happened to Wyatt doesn't have to.
"Make a plan. When you have an animal it is a commitment. Make sure that you call friends, family, co-workers. Ask them to call people. Go to your vet and ask them if they know of anybody that can take in your animal," Cline said.
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