During a routine phone call with one of our regular clinics, we were told by the veterinarian that through a variety of circumstances a 10 week old kitten had been surrendered to their care.
The male kitten had a broken femur and would have to have the femoral head removed and the leg pinned back into place. Because the kitten had been surrendered, there was no one to pay for the expensive surgery. The clinic was willing to perform the surgery at a hugely discounted rate, but did not have anyone in place that was willing to take on the expense of follow up care, as well as find an adoptive home for the kitten once recovered. TRACS gave the go ahead for the surgery, and started on a plan for the rest. It did not seem right to give up on him as he had already been given up on by his previous owner.
The surgery went well and arrangements were made for one of our volunteers to take him home to recover after surgery. Being a retired RN she was able to administer medications, so it seemed all was falling into place for this young man.
In keeping with his little personality, he was named Mr. Bean. Mr. Bean seemed to think it might be a good idea to try to remove his sutures on his own, so was prescribed a cone to wear, something he did not appreciate. Mr. Bean also was confined to a large crate so he wouldn’t put pressure on his leg, another decision which was not popular with him and as he started to feel better made his annoyance at the whole situation quite apparent.
Mr. Bean has recovered very well. His sutures removed; finally the dreaded cone could come off. He was also slowly allowed more “out of the crate” time and after a long haul is now able to be out all the time. This leaves him socializing with the other two cats and house rabbit that he currently lives with, and word on the street is that he has found a forever home downstairs with the kids of his current caregiver.
So this proves to us again, as long as you have an open heart somehow it all works out, and ultimately we are giving a second chance to a little one that would not otherwise have had one.