“Usually symptoms of cerebellar hypoplasia can be seen immediately at birth in cats, but sometimes can take two months or so to become apparent in dogs. Cerebellar hypoplasia causes jerky movements, tremors and generally uncoordinated motion. The animal often falls down and has trouble walking. Tremors increase when the animal is excited and subside when at ease.”  (information from wikipedia link:  This describes Tumbelina.  She was born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia and came to AniMealsjust weeks after she was born. 

Today was an amazing day for our AniMeals special needs kitty, Tumbelina.  She went to her forever home!  Her forever family found her from a link that was posted on AniMeals Facebook, (, courtesy of KPAX.  A couple in Libby saw her story, and they instantly fell in love with her without ever meeting her!  They already have a special needs kitty, that is blind, and they thought Tumbelina would fit in perfectly in their household….So, from approximately 200 miles away, they submitted their Adoption Application for our pretty little Tumbles.  After phone conversations and an application approval, it seemed a perfect fit!!  Today they arrived at AniMeals and met with our little off-balance special needs girl.  For the first time we have seen, she went to her new family when they called her.  She doesn’t go to anybody when called….it was love at first sight for both parties.  An AniMeals happy ending that is so amazing for her to find a family, yet we will miss her terribly at the shelter.  Even though it is definitely more sweet than than anything, there Tumbles had a place in our hearts and will be greatly missed by everybody.

We were promised updates by her new family, and we look forward to passing along updates to you all, who have watched this beautiful little girl grow up at the shelter. Thank you for your support and compassion, and thank you for caring about animals!!

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