"Topcat" - Cat finds a new home thanks to the Internet
|The world wide web was borne out of a desire to share information quickly and accurately with other scientists around the globe in an effort to accelerate the dissemination of knowledge. This noble concept has been astonishingly successful and whilst the accuracy of the information available often needs to be validated it has been a remarkably progressive tool.|
"Topcat", a patient presented to us recently, has derived great benefit from the internet but not in the "traditional"sense. He was brought to us at Fairfield in order to be euthansed. As a result of tragic consequences his owner could no longer manage to look after him and despite their best efforts they could fine no-one who would take on his responsibilites.
The cat charities at this time of year were already overflowing and "Topcat" as a result of achieving "pensionable" age was considered too old to rehome. Consequently, the very difficult decision was made and he was brought to our surgery. My colleague Michele was asked to perform this very difficult task by his owner but struggled to carry it out without exploring further options.
Whilst I, myself have currently failed to embrace the new internet "social networking" sites such as Facebook I am delighted to say in this particular instance it came up trumps! Several pleas on the "world wide web" by Michele, triggered a domino effect amongst our own network of undergraduates. "Sarah", one of our most promising students, took up the call and through her perseverance located a most suitable home in our own town of Hinckley.
So a very merry Christmas to "Topcat" and all of our patients and I hope not to see you too frequently in 2011.
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS