At Palmetto Animal League’s No Kill Adoption Center, we believe special needs pets are just as precious as our able-bodied beauties.

Freddie is the perfect example. The 8-year-old cat was tossed out by his owner, and despite a concerned neighbor’s efforts at feeding him, this big, beautiful cat began wasting away.

The neighbor took him to a vet and learned that he’s diabetic. We heard Freddie’s story and knew we had to bring him to PAL, or else lose him to the traditional sheltering system, where special needs cats rarely make it out alive.

When he arrived at PAL, Freddie was in rough shape. Our team sprang into action, working to stabilize his blood sugar. We were lucky to find a medical foster who, for the past 2 months, has been providing Freddie with all the care he needs. His blood sugar has stabilized, and he is starting to put on some pounds!

Back at PAL, Freddie has assumed his place of honor as PAL’s front desk greeter, and he’s quite proud of his new position. Although he seems happy with us at the adoption center, this special needs boy would do best in a home of his own.

Unfortunately, Freddie is just one of many pets at PAL in need of costly medical care this fall. These homeless, broken, mistreated animals come to us for acceptance, compassion and healing. They did not ask for this tough road in life, but they handle it with an extraordinary level of grace and positivity that is truly inspiring. Thanks to support from the community, when animals like Freddie come to PAL in pitiful shape, we can act without hesitation to save them before it’s too late.

Freddie deserves to experience his senior years in a safe, relaxing home surrounded by someone who loves him.

To learn more about Freddie – or any of the special creatures at PAL – or schedule a meet and greet with this one-of-a-kind cat, call 843-645-1725.    

If you aren’t able to adopt, you can still help Freddie continue his path toward adoption and extend a lifeline to other innocent pets in need of healing by making a special gift to PAL’s Urgent Medical Fund at PalmettoAnimalLeague.org/donations/urgentmedicalfund.

No gift is too small. Together, we can save lives. Together, we can give more pets like Freddie a second chance at life.   

Amy Campanini is president of Palmetto Animal League.