May 13, 2014 - 8:12 AM
KAMLOOPS - While staff and volunteers at the local B.C. SPCA branch rally to work towards the goal of $40,000 in the City Challenge fundraiser, several cats in dire need of special, and expensive, care have come into the shelter recently, increasing the need for those funds even more.
Wesley came in with a fractured pelvis and dislocated right leg. The young stray cat needs surgery to the tune of $530. He was found in the middle of a busy road and surrendered to the SPCA when his finders noticed he wouldn’t or couldn’t move around. He requires femoral head excision surgery where part of the bone is removed.
“Although he’s in a lot of pain and likely pretty scared, Wesley hasn’t stopped purring since he came to the shelter. He’s very sweet and affectionate, and loves to have his ears rubbed,” Holloway says.
Pashca also came in recently with a fracture, but this eight-week-old kitten has a fractured femur and could face amputation if the bone does not heal properly. It is estimated her care costs will reach $1,000.
“Pascha was placed in a foster home until she grew older, but she’s a bit of a klutzy kitten, and had an unfortunate run-in with a laptop that left her with a right femur fracture,” says branch manager Charleen Holloway. “Pascha is such a sweet girl – she’s very curious – but she’s had such a tough start to her life. From getting lost before she was even old enough to be away from her mother to breaking her leg on a laptop, we think this little baby deserves a second start to a better life.”
It’s difficult to put a splint on such a small kitten, so this tiny girl is on strict kennel rest, as the veterinarian is hopeful the bone will mend, but if the bone doesn’t heal, she will need the leg amputated.
A few weeks ago Sammy, a seven-year-old tabby, came into the shelter with a heart murmur and a skin infection while also needing pain medication and antibiotics. Around the same time Velvet, a 13-year-old black cat in need of dental surgery, was surrendered when her guardian died. The vet bills for those two cats alone was expected to reach $1,600.
Donations are needed to help these cats and other animals like them in need of care at the Kamloops Branch. Donations can be made online or in person at the shelter on 8 Street. The branch also has a a lot senior dogs and cats looking for retirement homes.
Kamloops is pitted against Prince George in the City Challenge this month, the largest fundraiser of the year for the branch. Events still to come include a dog wash, used book sale and the Fur-Ball.
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