Busy Lizzie’s Foster Feature

Lizzie with our foster feature Esmeralda!
Lizzie with our foster feature Esmeralda!

Meet Lizzie, a 5th grade student who’s an aspiring writer and cat lover! She offered to write descriptions of our foster cats to help showcase our loving felines who aren’t seen on campus.  Esmeralda is a 5-year-old torbie who’s currently staying with our wonderful volunteer foster parents, Michael and Tammy. They’ve been taking care of her since August, and recently helped her recover from a radioactive iodine treatment. Esmeralda was surrendered by her owners when they could no longer care for her. Once admitted to the shelter, our vet department diagnosed her with hyperthyroidism, which is the most common glandular disorder in cats. This disorder is most frequently caused by an excessive amount of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream and can cause excessive thirst, weight loss, and excessive stress to vital organs

Esmeralda received radioactive iodine therapy to cure her disorder, which is known as the safest and most effective treatment option for hyperthyroidism. During her two-week isolation period, she spent time recovering in her foster parent’s care. She’s now doing well thanks to her foster parents, our vet department and of course, all the help from the community’s generous donations to obtain the special treatment she needed.

Esmeralda is currently staying in one of our lovely foster care homes. If you would like to learn more about Esmeralda, or would like to set up a time to meet her, you can contact our adoption team at [email protected] or (425) 649-7563.




Esmeralda was adopted in December 2014!


Hi, I’m Esmeralda! I’m a 5-year-old torbie (that’s tortoiseshell/ tabby) who’s looking for a loving home! I am very friendly and love snuggling with everyone and everything especially blankets. I also love to play hide-and-seek with my foster parents, Michael and Tammy. I burrow under the covers and wait for them to find me. I am what humans would call a “lap cat” and would prefer a quiet home with gentle, caring owners who will love me and give me cuddles and scratches. I was brought to the Seattle Humane and their vet team diagnosed me with hyperthyroidism. Thanks to generous animal lovers like you, I received radioactive iodine treatment. Not the best experience of my life, but it worked! So now I am ready to be adopted and I need no further medication or treatment. (For the sports-loving families, I also LOVE the Seahawks. Go Hawks!!!!!) If I sound like the purrfect companion for life, contact the adoption team at [email protected]. You will be glad you did!


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