Celeste’s loving elderly owner passed away and she had been living all alone at their once happy home ever since, spending her days waiting for someone who would never come back. She was fed regularly by her owner’s nephew but she was shy, reserved and hardly ever left her hiding places behind the furniture. Eventually the apartment got emptied out and Celeste was trapped; her owner’s relatives couldn’t or didn’t want to keep her, so she arrived at the shelter the next day, in February 2015. She’s probably around eight years old, but she’s still unspayed and although she doesn’t look sick, she has bald patches on her back and sides. The vet says it’s caused by a combination of hormonal issues and stress and it should resolve itself when she gets spayed. She also has mammary gland hyperplasia, a benign condition in which an excessive amount of tissue grows, resulting in enlarged masses in the mammary glands.
Celeste passed away in April 2016, due to reoccurring mammary tumors.