Happy Tails: A Second Chance for Chandler

Sometimes, it takes a village to save a life.

happy-tail_chandler_062216_body1-leftIn New York City, multiple organizations—including the ASPCA, the NYPD and Animal Care Centers (ACC) of NYC—teamed up to ensure that a six-month-old kitten named Chandler got a second chance. The gray kitten was discovered on Rockaway Beach in late February. NYPD officers took Chandler to a nearby veterinarian and then to ACC of NYC, the second stop on his 37-day journey to a new life.

An ACC veterinarian determined that Chandler needed hospitalization and life-saving care, so in stepped Stephen Valentin, supervisor of ACC’s New Hope program. The New Hope team, with support from the Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Wheels of Hope program, places about 15,000 homeless pets each year with 300 dedicated animal rescue organizations that eventually find the animals homes. Stephen drove Chandler to ACC’s Manhattan location and the next morning, with help from ACC’s Joe Dipalo and Ryan Denmark, he was transferred to the ASPCA Animal Hospital.
Woman with long brown hair wearing a black and white striped shirt holding a long-haired gray cat
Upon arrival, Chandler weighed just three lbs. and “was dehydrated, dull, and depressed,” reports Dr. Danielle Delfino, an ASPCA veterinarian who oversaw his treatment. Chandler remained in the ASPCA’s Intensive Care Unit for nearly a week.

Chandler’s next stop: a foster home with DonnaMarie S., an ASPCA volunteer. “He was different from our other fosters,” recalls DonnaMarie, who, along with her husband, has fostered nearly 100 animals—specializing in under-socialized and near-feral cats and kittens—over the past seven years. They nicknamed Chandler “The Dude” for his “too cool” personality.

DonnaMarie introduced Chandler to a former co-worker, Eleonora “Ellie” K., a financial case manager who lives in Queens. On April 4, she and her boyfriend, Chris K., adopted Chandler and renamed him Ethan.
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