A Rowdy Tale

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.

March 19

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.

March 28

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.

April 3

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.

April 12

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.

If you liked this story and would like to be a part of the next one, contact Cat’s Cradle today!

Cat's CradleCat’s Cradle
P.O. Box 2128
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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15 Responses to A Rowdy Tale

  1. Renee says:

    Thank you for sharing. What you didn’t tell was you were instrumental in helping us save Rowdy, we couldn’t have done it without you. -Renee, Cat’s Cradle Board Member

  2. John M says:

    Nice of you to say, but I’m only one among many donors, all pulling on the oars. Without direction from Cat’s Cradle, none of the wonderful stories described here and in your newsletter would be possible! Thanks for all you do!!

  3. I love no kill shelters and try to support them any way I can. We have 2 cats from one here in Denver. Great post helping out a great cause! I hope he finds his forever home soon!

  4. John M says:

    Thanks, I’m pretty sure he will! I seem to recall seeing your cats in the wonderful photos from your hiking posts. Keep up the pace! 🙂

  5. seeker says:

    Another one is saved. Thanks for a happy ending.

  6. John M says:

    Rowdy on 24 April

    He’s coming along well. I heard last Wednesday he was off pain meds and able to find the litter box on his own. He’s a sweet boy and loves attention, has a plucky personality, and will make a great pet if he can get his medical condition under control!

  7. seeker says:

    Thanks for the update, John. Lets hope for the best.

  8. seeker says:

    Reblogged this on theseeker and commented:
    I am thinking of all animal lovers out there in the cyber world. Here’s tale posted by Life With John. Paulette, you are so infectious.

  9. tkmorin says:

    Inspiring story!! 🙂

  10. Bless you for all the good work you’re doing. Wonderful story. Love it. Paulette 🙂 (found you from Seeker’s site, who reblogged from here).

  11. John M says:

    Thanks! And thanks to Seeker for passing it along. With just a little from lots of donors, Cat’s Cradle is able to achieve some really wonderful things!

  12. seeker says:

    Hi, what is the update on Rowdy?

  13. John M says:

    Doing ok; I’m trying to get an updated photo.

  14. seeker says:

    Thank you for responding, John.

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