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Vernon SPCA appeal for 'tough old guy' in rough shape

Merillo the cat.
Image Credit: BC SPCA
February 19, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The Vernon branch of the BC SPCA is appealing to the public for help in covering the cost to help a 13-year-old former stray with a multitude of medical issues before he's put up for adoption.

Described as a "tough old guy" by SPCA staff, Merillo is suffering from malnourishment so severe the muscles in his face have wasted away, causing an eyelid to fold in on itself. Brought into the centre as a stray, the teenage cat also requires extensive dental surgery as it is currently painful for him to eat. He's also has been diagnosed as being hyperthyroid.

According to a B.C. SPCA media release, despite Merillo having a rough life and suffering due to his medical conditions he is still a "total pussycat."

"He looks pretty rough right now, but he is such a trooper. He loves snuggling and is so happy to be indoors and warm," Vernon SPCA manager Chelsea Taylor said in the release. "He greets people with loud meows and is such a happy guy."

Merillo's new owner will have to be prepared for the ongoing costs of his thyroid medication, but staff say he should be able to lead a normal life following his treatment.

"He’s been through so much, so we really hope people will help us turn things around for this adorable fellow," Taylor said.

Currently, Merillo's medical costs are estimated at $1,530 and the SPCA is appealing to the public for help to cover the bills. The SPCA says Merillo will need two to three months to recover before being adopted.

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