Miraculous recovery for a kitten at PAWS Chicago’s Medical Center in Little Village


It was a miraculous recovery for a kitten at PAWS Chicago Medical Center.

The new Little Village facility is the largest and most advanced homeless pet hospital in the nation.

Jubilee was six months old when she was brought to PAWS from a municipal shelter.

“What you could tell by looking at her visually was that she had a fractured leg that was practically broken in half. Once we did more extensive tests, X-rays, blood work, we seen so much more that needed to be addressed.” said Susanna Homan, CEO of PAWS.

The kitten had a fractured tail that required partial amputation and was a carrier of a deadly feline distemper virus.

“At many shelters, once they realize a cat has panleukopenia, they euthanize it because they don’t want it spreading to the rest of the population,” Homan said.

The PAWS Chicago Medical Center team of eight full-time veterinarians and thirty vet techs worked quickly to stabilize Jubilee.

They provided life-saving treatment and pain relief.


After three weeks of care, she is in an isolation room, which provides her with fresh air, so that her upper respiratory tract infection does not spread to other animals.

She has a big cast on her fractured leg and is healing well.

PAWS Chicago raises funds throughout the year to provide this level of care.

“We have a philosophy here, which is once a PAWS pet, always a PAWS pet. So what is it, it’s a lifetime guarantee that if adopted by a family and if something were to happen to her years from now, if the person who adopts her can no longer take care of her, we will always take her back and find her a new home,” Homan said.

Jubilee should be ready for adoption in four to six weeks.

To learn more about PAWS, visit www.PAWSChicago.org.


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