Available For Adoption: Cat That Loses Ears Due To Frostbite (VIDEO)

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

January 28, 2014 Updated Feb 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – The cat that lost tissue from both of her ears because of frostbite, is now ready to be adopted from Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control.

The 2-year-old female black cat was found by a Good Samaritan and reported during the last winter snow storm. The extreme wind chills of 45 degrees below zero were life threatening to animals left outside.

The cat, named Circe by shelter staff, was medically treated using donation based dollars. During her recovery she displayed a sweet and friendly personality making her a perfect candidate for any family.

Adoption profiles for Circe will be accepted for two days only on February 6 and 7. The shelter will use a lottery system to select a candidate who will be given an opportunity to meet and interact with Circe on Monday, February 10th between 12-5:30 p.m. Do to the number of people who have expressed an interest, only the family whose profile is drawn will be given an opportunity to meet and interact with her.

You can print an adoption profile at www.fwacc.org and fax it with "Circe Adoption" written on it to 260-427-5514. You can also go to the shelter at 3020 Hillegas Rd. between noon and 5 p.m. on Feb 6th or 7th to complete a profile.

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A dog recently froze to death, and a cat lost its ear, from being left outside in the freezing cold, according to members of the Allen County SPCA and Animal Control.

It seems like common sense, but animal care organizers are saying people are not getting the message.

Representatives from Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control and the Allen County SPCA say they're getting daily complaints about people leaving their pets outside, and so far at least one case in the area has resulted in death.

SPCA officials say the animal’s death is still under investigation, so they were unable to share many details. They told 21Alive a family recently adopted a dog and then gave it to another family who left the dog outside to freeze. Members of the SPCA say legal action is being taken.

21Alive also talked with Peggy Bender at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control Tuesday afternoon who says they have a cat at the shelter that lost the tips of its ears due to frostbite.

Bender recommends that dogs only be outside long enough to do their business, and that cats not be let out at all.

"Hypothermia can set in very quickly with an animal," she said. "That is a rapid loss of heat and drop in body temperature, and animals can suffer and die very quickly."

"It depends on the health of the animal, it depends on the hair coat of the animal, the age of the animal. All these things factor into how long an animal may be able to be outside."

But Bender says if they must be outside she says shelter is the most important thing.

Bender says animal homes need to properly fit the size of the animal and be lined with bedding or straw to maintain heat. In fact, Bender says Animal Control is giving away free bails of straw to pet owners who stop by the shelter at 3020 Hillegas Road.

Bender says although pets are animals, they’re domesticated and cannot survive in extreme cold.

"These are domesticated animals, and they cannot survive. They are no longer a wild animal under any circumstance, so they do have to be provided for,” she said.

"Just because your pet may have survived Winter last year, doesn't mean that it's going to be able to survive Winter this year. It is far more severe and harsh and we are finding more cruelty cases and again, taking action."

Bender says the pads on the feet, ears, and tails are most susceptible to frostbite. If those areas look pale gray, and feel cold and tough they need to come inside and see a veterinarian immediately.

Animal Care and Control officers warn pet owners they will press charges, if necessary, against offenders who leave their pets in the cold.

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