Flying Miss Daisy

Ms. Robinson adopted Daisy as a tiny, 8-week old calico kitten, in October 2016. A neighbor’s cat had had kittens, and Ms. Robinson wanted to take Daisy in and give her a better life as a beloved, indoor kitty, but she knew that she would need help to give Daisy everything she needed. Ms. Robinson suffers from a variety of medical issues, and is mobility impaired, using a walker or wheelchair. She was already receiving meals from Meals on Wheels Central Texas (MOWCTX), and she reached out to ask if there was any help available for Daisy. Through the partnership of TVMF and MOWCTX’s PALS (Pets Assisting the Lives of Seniors) program, Daisy was spayed, vaccinated and provided with supplies to get her set up as an indoor kitty.

After the death of her significant other, Ms. Robinson made the difficult decision to move back to Los Angeles, California so that she could visit his grave on Sundays. She tried to take Daisy with her on the bus to California, but was denied and had to leave Daisy in the care of some friends. After getting settled into her new home in California, Ms. Robinson was really lonely without the constant companionship of her beloved Daisy. She called Heather Allard, the PALS Program Manager, to see if there was any way that Daisy could travel to California.

Heather contacted TVMF PALS program partner veterinarian Dr. Palvino of Austin Vet Hospital (AVH) who donated the cost of the domestic travel certificate and Daisy’s boarding at AVH while travel arrangements were being made. One volunteer helped with Daisy’s travel arrangements and payment, while another altered her travel plans to fly with Daisy on a direct flight to Los Angeles. On June 28, 2018, Daisy and Ms. Robinson were reunited! Daisy has settled in to her new home, and enjoys sleeping on the couch and following Ms. Robinson everywhere. Ms. Robinson is so thrilled to have Daisy back home and is so thankful for the TVMF PALS program veterinarians, volunteers, and staff that go above and beyond to not only make this partnership program possible, but to have also made this reunion possible!