Twelfth Save of Christmas: Sterling

During the month of December, we’re sharing 12 stories about animals saved by the CASPCA this year. These stories exemplify our commitment to maintaining the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA as a No Kill community, and they have a happy ending because of the tireless efforts of our staff and the generosity of supporters like you. 


12. Sterling

Upon Sterling’s initial examination by our veterinary team, it was noted that he had thick, bloody nasal discharge, which is an indication of an upper respiratory infection (URI). Sterling was prescribed medication to combat his URI. However, he did not respond to treatment. Even with the antibiotics, Sterling still had nasal discharge and frequent sneezing. After carefully reviewing his medical case, our veterinary team decided to sedate Sterling to get a closer look at his nasopharynx (the upper part of the pharynx, connecting with the nasal cavity above the soft palate) and discovered that he had a hole in his soft palate! This hole was allowing material from his mouth to enter his nasal cavity, which is why he frequently had nasal discharge and infection. We can only imagine how painful and uncomfortable it must have been.

To alleviate Sterling’s chronic nasal discharge from the hole in his soft palate he needed a specialized surgery from a board certified veterinary surgeon. Thanks to our amazingly supportive community, we were able to raise the funds necessary for Sterling to have his surgery in November. He is doing well and has been cleared for adoption!

Sterling has been staying in a loving foster home. His foster says that “Sterling has been doing great since his surgery and beyond that, he’s been a joy to foster over the past few months. He is such a happy, playful, loving and well  behaved cat. He’s extremely active and loves running around the house, racing up and down the stairs, and batting around his balls and toys. We’ve definitely noticed that he’s been able to run and play even more now that he can breathe easier! He also hasn’t had any nasal congestion since his surgery and doesn’t have sneezing fits anymore. We’re so glad to see him be so comfortable, happy and playful now. Sterling loves to be around people, and greets new friends with plenty of face rubs and will immediately attempt to grab their hand for pets. He also loves snuggling on the couch and likes to curl up next to you, on top of you or underneath blankets. He really is the most perfect cat in every way.”


This holiday season, please think of the thousands of animals we have saved

and the thousands more we have yet to save.