SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Humane Society will celebrate International Cat Day Sunday with a story about a cat named Solace, a cancer survivor who is ready to find her forever home.
Solace has been at the society’s San Diego campus since June 23, according to Nina Thompson of the SDHS.
She was brought in by someone who found her in the Otay Mesa West neighborhood of San Diego in rough shape, without a collar and no microchip.
Veterinarians at the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Center for Shelter Medicine diagnosed Solace with a type of skin cancer that is more common in light-haired cats who have spent a lot of time in the sun.
Veterinarians performed surgery to remove the cancerous masses, which included removing parts of Solace’s ears.
Solace also received extensive dental surgery, including 10 tooth extractions.
“She is one of the sweetest cats we’ve had in the hospital,” veterinarian Nealy Shvil said. “I am just amazed at her resilience and ability to show love to every person she encounters.”
Solace (animal ID #742310) is now available for adoption. She would do best in a home where she is kept inside, to protect her sensitive skin from the sunlight, Thompson said.
If taken outside, she should wear pet-friendly sunscreen on the thin- haired areas of her skin.
In addition to Solace, San Diego Humane Society has 56 other cats available for adoption.