Super Hero's Animal Hydrocephalus Society (SHAHS)
is a non-profit 501c3 animal rescue society and sanctuary that specializes in Hydrocephalus, commonly known as water on the brain, and other special needs in cats. Hydrocephalus is caused when the cerebrospinal fluid that is present surrounding the spinal cord as well as inside and outside our brain, does not drain out of the head or circulate as it should, but instead accumulates beneath the skull causing an enlarged domed presentation with a very pronounced forehead and brow. Hydrocephalus causes extreme pressure on the brain which in turn can cause damage and/or death to the brain tissue, migraines, seizures, blindness, extreme pain and eventually death in most, if left untreated.
The mission of SHAHS is multifaceted in that we rescue cats with Hydrocephalus in addition to providing education, networking with the top veterinary neurosurgeons in North America and limited financial assistance to families and animal rescues with animals that are currently diagnosed with hydro, or have a suspected diagnosis of hydrocephalus. We were awarded non-profit 501c3 status on July 20, 2015.
Our rescue was formed and inspired by a very special cat, Super Hero The Hydrocephalic Cat (www.facebook.com/SuperHeroTheHydrocephalicCat), who on 2/26/15 under went a 3.5 hour brain surgery to implant a human pediatric Ventriculoperitoneal Programmable Shunt to help drain the excess cerebrospinal fluid from his head into his abdomen, in an attempt to save his life. Super Hero suffered "many" life threatening complications but also experienced an extraordinary number of successes and on June 9, 2017, turns 4 years old! Hero has one of the worst documented cases of Hydrocephalus in animals and only has a very small functional part of his brain intact. Yet, he is a very normal cat though who runs, plays, meows and chirps and commands a room, demanding everyone's undivided attention at all times!! He is truly a one of a kind, miracle cat that has crossed the lines of veterinary and human medicine and has a medical team comprised of both the top veterinary neurosurgeons in North America, in addition to numerous pediatric neurosurgeons.
*** Super Hero was named the 2015 Miracle Cat of the Year by Catster!!!!!
As of April 2017, we have accepted into our rescue nearly 2 dozen cats and kittens and provided thousands in financial assistance to 2 dozen more cats and dogs, in the form of paid consultations to top neurosurgeons within our established network, in addition to some limited diagnostic testing in the form of ultrasounds and part of an MRI, plus medications that help manage Hydrocephalus in animals, for example, Omeprazole. All of that assistance was made possible through donations from our thousands of supporters. Our goal is to eventually one day not just support and provide top medical intervention and diagnostic testing to the animals rescued and in our care, but also provide financial assistance in full for advanced imaging like MRIs or CT scans to credible rescues and families who have courageously taken in, rescued or adopted animals with hydrocephalus.
On, 7/16/15, we officially accepted our first rescue cat, Zeke, who was flown to NJ from Dallas-Fort Worth Texas, by Delta Airlines' Animal Rescue and Transport team, from a special needs Manx Rescue (Kaley's Place) that pulled him from the Dallas shelter. Zeke is a tiny 12 oz, 13 week old tuxedo kitten, who not only has Hydrocephalus, but also a host of other skeletal disorders including Radial Agenesis and Hypoplasia (missing or deformed radius bones in both forearms), multiple spinal abnormalities, Mega Esophagus and Mega Colon, PRAA (Persistent Right Aortic Arch, a deformity of his heart that was surgically repaired in October 2016) and more. But despite all of the issues, he is a fully adjusted and happy cat.
Caring for special needs cats with Hydrocephalus, and other concomitant needs like Zeke has, is extremely expensive, accumulating vet bills in excess of tens of thousands of dollars, especially if shunt surgery is determined to be the best life-saving intervention. Most of these cats will remain on medications for life, whether surgery is performed or not, and consultations, regular followups as well as more potential imaging like ultrasounds, CT scans and MRIs, will be necessary throughout their lives. In addition, most hospitalizations require specialized care that can only be rendered in the Critical Care Neurological Units of specialty hospitals, which can cost upwards of thousands of dollars a day depending on the extent of care needed. We exclusively employ the medical expertise of Dr. Eric Glass and staff at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls, NJ, one of the top rated Neurosurgeons as well as private specialty hospitals in North America.
Please help us provide the necessary medical and neurosurgical care for these animals like Super Hero and Zeke, and help them achieve the best quality of life possible!
This is one of the dozens of articles written on our rescue, but this being the most prestigious as Hero and Zeke were named among the Top 5 Famous Special Needs Cats, right alongside of Lil Bub, the spokescat for the ASPCA!
"FIGHTING HYDROCEPHALUS IN ANIMALS.....4 PAWS AT A TIME"
*** all donations are tax deductible
*** YOU CAN ALSO DONATE FREE OF CHARGES THROUGH OUR WEBSITE or PAYPAL ACCOUNT:
PayPal = [email protected]
Website = WWW.SUPERHEROHYDROSOCIETY.COM