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A Shelter Dog Who Beat Cancer & Helped Rescue A Cat Is Still Waiting To Be Adopted

Leopard, a 6-year-old Shar Pei mix, not only survived her battle with cancer, she also helped save the life of a stranded cat in peril.

Despite her sweet disposition and courageous nature, Leopard is still waiting at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter in Ohio for her own hero to come along and rescue her.


Leopard isn’t letting all the fame of being a hero dog go to her head after her post from a few days ago. Actually, she…

Posted by Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter on Thursday, November 17, 2016


A shelter volunteer was taking Leopard for her walk when the dog suddenly began to pull her towards a sewer grate. She laid down next to it and refused to move. When the volunteer looked closer, she saw that a small gray cat was trapped inside the sewer.

The shelter Facebook page shared the dramatic rescue, hailing Leopard a hero.

“While Leopard was out on her walk this afternoon, she alerted the volunteer to the sound of crying in the sewer. Volunteers and deputies were able to retrieve the cat and all is well. The cat has now gone home to stay with one of our volunteers and Leopard (kennel 2) is a hero!!”

Image Source: Cuyahoga Dogs/ Leopard’s Adoption Page


The cat was slightly dehydrated and very hungry, but otherwise unharmed. Thanks to Leopard she is now living the luxurious kitty-life at the home of one of the shelter volunteers.

Unfortunately Leopard has not been so lucky. Her friends at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter hoped that the publicity would help her find a home in time for Thanksgiving. That was not the case. She remains in her cage, patiently waiting for someone to take a chance on her.

Image Source: Cuyahoga Dogs/ Leopard’s Adoption Page


Leopard’s caretakers believe that her medical history has deterred potential adopters from choosing her. After arriving at the shelter in May she underwent surgery to remove a Grade II Mast cell tumor from her leg. Her prognosis is good and her veterinarian says that the tumor has a low risk of recurrence, but she will need to be monitored.

Animal shelter administrator, Mindy Naticchioni told People Pets how much Leopard deserves a loving family and a safe, warm home to call her own for the upcoming holidays.

“Leopards’s heroic act of saving another furry friend just reaffirms what a wonderful addition she would be to any family,” she said.

Image Source: Cuyahoga Dogs/ Leopard’s Adoption Page


Older pets and those with medical conditions have a far tougher time finding adopters than younger, “healthier” shelter animals. Leopard was in the right place at the right time when a kitty needed her. Some might call that a miracle. Now she needs her own miracle to start a life outside the shelter.

Think you might be the hero Leopard is waiting for? Contact the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter at -216-525-7877. Learn more about the shelter’s adoption process by clicking here.

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Written by Dina Fantegrossi
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