Here’s a wonderful story about Rowdy, a kitten who recently got a big boost up in life from the great folks at Cat’s Cradle, a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue organization located in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Cat’s Cradle rescued Rowdy, an adorable and playful 10 week old kitten from the pound.
Unfortunately, poor little Rowdy had a medical condition: chronic constipation, meaning he could not empty his bowels on his own. The cause was unclear, but the veterinarian saw signs of nerve damage, which can occur due to physical trauma such as being struck by a car. Rowdy was placed on daily medications and a regimen of regular enemas (which you can imagine he was not a fan of!), but surgery was the only cure for his condition.
Cat’s Cradle put out a call for extra help raising the funds needed for Rowdy’s life-saving surgery.
A week had gone by and Rowdy’s condition was unchanged. Donors had so far contributed $546, but it was still far short of the cost of the extensive life-saving surgery Rowdy needed: a subtotal colectomy, in which the veterinarian would remove most of Rowdy’s colon so he could better have normal bowel movements. Cat’s Cradle put out another call for help, noting that a further $2,000 was needed to cover the full cost of Rowdy’s surgery and postoperative care.
The second call did the trick! In only four more days donors responded with the remaining amount needed for the cost of surgery! Rowdy’s procedure was scheduled for the following week.
Rowdy’s surgery was successful and so far he is doing very well. Here he is after surgery, with a bandage over where the IV was inserted during the procedure.
Here’s to a hopefully speedy and successful recovery!
After Rowdy is back to his playful self, the best part of his story — living happily ever after — is yet to come, when he finds a forever home to brighten!
Here’s a few highlights about Cat’s Cradle:
- Cat’s Cradle is a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue organization located in Harrisonburg, Virginia
- Cat’s Cradle promotes aggressive spay/neuter of free roaming cats and rescues cats from shelters
- Cat’s Cradle places cats for adoption in Virginia, Washington DC, and as far away as New York!
- During 2012 Cat’s Cradle —
- Transferred 463 cats and kittens out of high kill shelters and pounds
- Found homes for 386 cats and kittens who were adopted
- Transported an additional 211 cats and kittens to North Shore Animal League for adoption
- Provided financial assistance for 1,420 cat and kitten spaying/neutering
- Provided $46,000 for veterinary care of rescued cats and kittens – over and above financial assistance provided for spaying/neutering!
You can read more details in their February newsletter (pdf), available here.