It always breaks my heart when I hear of a cat (or any pet for that matter) that has been hurt. In the cases where the cat was hurt accidentally, I know how devastating those injuries can be not only for the cat, but for the owners as well. Recovery from the injury in these cases mends the body and the broken hearts of others. In the cases where the injuries were inflicted by abuse or neglect, I find myself completely enraged and praying/fighting for justice for the cat.  When a cat pulls through under these circumstances it is a display of victory – the abuser could not defeat the spirit of this victim.  Today, I want to honor a few recent victims of tragedy who have had the strength to begin their long road to recovery.

Noel

The Tragedy:

Cats That Are Beating the Odds Noel

Noel
Photo Courtesy of Tiger Lily Rescue

Noel was found lying motionless in the front yard of a Good Samaritan on December 23, 2013.  It was a below freezing Michigan evening ( 27° F/ – 3°C).  The Good Samaritan was able, through a chain of events, to get Noel to Tiger Lily Rescue. Tiger Lily Rescue got Noel the necessary veterinary treatment for hypothermia, shock,  infection/inflammation/meningitis (caused by bite wounds to his neck), and possible injuries to his neck. The veterinarian gave Noel little chance of ever walking again.

The Triumph:

Noel can now sit up, stand, and has taken his first few steps! Tiger Lily Rescue released an 11 second video to a local news station  of Noel’s first steps. He is becoming just like any other cat.  Donations are being accepted to help pay for his costly rehabilitation.

Russell

Cats That Are Beating the Odds Russell

Russell
Photo courtesy of Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care

The Tragedy:

Russell was burned when his North Carolina home caught fire on January 12, 2014. The fire claimed the lives of one of the family’s other cats and their dog. The owners suffered burns from trying to rescue their beloved pets (true love in action).  Initially Russell ran away, but came back to the remains of the house 3 days later and was rushed to Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care (where he is still being treated). All of his fur had been singed off, he had 3rd degree burns pretty much everywhere,  had injuries to his mouth and tongue, was dehydrated, and had developed fatty liver syndrome. Things didn’t look good.

The Triumph:

Russell is still with us! He is purring, talking, giving happy paws, opening his eyes, walking around, eating on his own, his skin is beginning to heal, and is regrowing his fur and whiskers. They have even been able to take him off of IV fluids.  Donations are being accepted to help with his ongoing care.

The Emery Park “Aristo” Cats

The Tragedy:

Cats That Are Beating the Odds Scat-Cat

Scat-Cat
Photo courtesy of Ten Lives Club

On January 30th a SUV pulled up near Emery Park in New York,  unloaded 6 bewildered cats in the snow, and sped away.  Good Samaritans rushed to recapture the cats before they could succumb to the bitter weather (there had been temperatures had been down to -25° F/-32°C around that time). One of the cats had run into the woods, but eventually all 6 were captured.

The Triumph:

The cats were taken unharmed to an excellent rescue called Ten Lives Club. These cats will now be spayed/neutered and receive proper veterinary care before going up for adoption this Friday! They have all been named after the cats from the Disney movie Aristocats. Someone may have left these cats alone to freeze to death, but now they will find loving forever homes.  Authorities are still looking for the person who abandoned the cats. There is a page for donating to Ten Lives Club to help cover the costs of caring for the Aristo-Cats.

Thank You to the Heros

Playful Kitty wants to send a big thank you to the Good Samaritan that rescued Noel, the people at Tiger Lily Rescue,  Russell’s owners, the people at Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care of North Carolina, the Good Samaritans of Emery Park, the people at Ten Lives Club, and everyone else who has put forth an effort in the cases mentioned above. Thank you for all that you’ve done to help these kitties.  People like you restore our faith in humanity. Thank you to all of the people who are donating to these causes and causes like them too. I encourage everyone to thank their local animal rescues for dealing with cases like these every day.  Heros do exist.