The stories that follow were made possible by the incredible partnership between Terri Miner, founder of Sara’s Sanctuary, and veterinarian, Dr. Lesley Kovar, DVM, of Bothell Pet Hospital.
Dr. Kovar, what more can we say! We have been blessed to have Lesley give her love and time to our animals. Not only is she a highly skilled vet, she is an extremely compassionate and empathetic human being. Lesley handles all of our animals with the sensitivity and kindness that all animals deserve.
The amazing recovery of many sanctuary animals it attributed to the hours of research, consultation, veterinary care and devotion provided by Terri and Lesley. The results have been the amazing recovery of many animals.
This is the beginning of a new life for this wonderful Serval.
We were called to help with a Serval that the owners could no longer care for. This serval was being kept in a back yard in a busy crowded neighborhood. It’s enclosure was a very unsecured small pen. The owner told us that their serval had an abscess and that they were not able to get it medical treatment. When we arrived, it was on the ground gnawing on a large growth on it’s leg. It was obvious that it was not an abscess, but a large tumor.
The owner knew it was illegal to own this kind of exotic cat in the State of Washington without a USDA license. Although they did love this cat, because it was illegally owned, they did not seek medical help for it. We took it immediately to our vet and had its health issues assessed. The tumor was removed the next day and the pathology report came back. It was a an aggressive form of cancer. Because this tumor was left for such a long period, we will have to wait to see how long it will survive.
This is one happy serval – now experiencing things everyday that are new and exciting, especially being in the company of other servals. Only a few days after surgery — climbing on platforms, to levels of 15′. These cats so deserve to live in the wild, and not to be sold to be somone’s pet…