|Treads pelvis. The big red arrows are his fractures.|
- Broken right leg. Femur fractured, tibia fractured, and fibula fractured. Cats have three bones in their rear leg and all were broken.
- Pelvis. Multiple fractures and luxations.
- Not neutered.
- Not owned.
- No one to jump in and take responsibility (financial or otherwise) for him.
- Cat had to be tame. (It is impossible to treat a feral cat with multiple fractures).
- Had to be FeLV/FIV negative.
- Had to be a stray cat or someone had to find a rescue that would take him. (Confession; I've been made to regret every person that I have helped myself. So I have learned my lesson).
- Everyone was going to have to accept that I might be able to fix a leg fracture but I can't fix all of these fractures.
The technicians were very quick to return their findings;
- "He is soo sweet."
- "He is FeLV/FIV negative."
About this point i was confident that I was about to hear a faint "Can we keep him mom?"
I said, "Put a pain patch on him, put him in a cage, and let me make some phone calls." Head lowers, I shuffle away and internal voice of a crazy person starts whispering in code.
A day later and another vet from the clinic was calling me. She says, "I called CVRC and they will fix his leg for $900."
Long pause, sigh, and cursing, "Umm, I had a plan for him, and I don't have $900." She replied about how incredibly generous they were being, like I didn't already know that. "I'm sorry I don't have $900." I said again.
"If I can raise it can we do it." she said. Her last pitch to influence me.
"Yes, of course, if you can raise it." Now I feel guilty, and horrible about myself for being lazy, and not trying to find a way to fix him, and for not shelling out $900, especially because it was such an incredibly generous offer from the surgeons at CVRC.
With that the frenzy of social media sharing, texts, phone calls, facebook posts, rescue reach outs, and donation bins started.
Our very good friends at No Kill Harford posted a plea for Tread. (Yes, he had a name as soon as I said OK to putting him in a cage). I'm still not to fond of his name, but I guess I should be somewhat satisfied that we are both relegated to one syllable.
Within five hours JVC and No Kill Harford had raised the $900. And by the next day Tread was slated for surgery.
I may have learned my lesson in helping people pay for their pet and the insane liability that comes along with it, but I should have also learned to never underestimate the generosity of my community.
Tread is a very gentle, very easy going 6 month old neutered boy. He is in need of a home to recover, and for someone to take responsibility for him. (He will reward you with lots of affection in return).