KAMLOOPS - When strays or homeless animals need medical care, the best-case scenario is they end up at the BC SPCA.
Three animals in are in need of major surgeries and the Kamloops branch is reaching out to the public for donations.
Ronnie, a 6-month-old, short-haired tabby cat was brought in by a good samaritan, according to a SPCA media release. Ronnie arrived with severe injuries, most likely from being hit by a car. Vet examinations and X-rays showed a fractured tailbone, damage to the spinal cord, and a fractured tibia in his hind leg. They believe amputation of his tail and leg is the best option. Despite his injuries, Ronnie is still incredibly friendly.
“He purrs non-stop,” interim Kamloops BC SPCA branch manager Alyssa Kyllo says in the release.
At 82 lbs., the nine-year-old German Sheperd/Husky cross named Bugsy has some weight to shed. Along with being obese, Bugsy has a fractured canine tooth that needs to be extracted. There is a possibility of more teeth needing to be removed during surgery. Bugsy requires a weight loss regiment with short, frequent walks, patience and a strict diet to get back to his ideal weight is 65 lbs.
A good samaritan brought Heidi into the shelter because she seemed to be in pain. Examinations and X-rays showed a fractured femur with multiple fragments, meaning it was an old break. Because Heidi’s injury was left untreated, it healed improperly and has caused a hip dislocation. If left this way, arthritis will be an issue as she gets older. Her best chance to have a pain-free life is amputation.
Kyllo knows that cats want to be outside, but keeping a careful watch over them is highly recommended.
“We encourage safe, supervised outdoor time for your cats,” Kyllo said. “The risk of injury is very real, Heidi will be our fourth amputation in two and a half weeks.”
Even with significant discounts from local veterinary clinics, $4,000 is the total cost for these three surgeries, including medical and follow-up care.
The BC SPCA is asking for help in funding Ronnie, Bugsy and Heidi’s surgeries. The not-for-profit organization and relies heavily on public donations.
To donate in person visit the Kamloops branch of the B.C. SPCA at 1121 8 St. and by phone call 250-376-7722.
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