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Donations mount up for injured cat, but her future is still uncertain

A wounded cat nicknamed “Hope” has garnered hundreds of dollars in donations to treat her injuries, but her fate remains uncertain.

Dr Andrew Madeiros at Ettrick Animal Hospital said yesterday that the small grey cat is stable and comfortable, but appears to have suffered a spinal injury and is experiencing back end paralysis.

Tests have shown that Hope’s back has not been broken, leaving hospital staff to wait and hope for any sign of improvement.

“Obviously at this stage, we would like to see some positive change,” he said.

“Because she is comfortable we are continuing treatment, but if we don’t start to see any improvement, we may have to make a decision as to if we should put her down if she is not able to function or have a high quality of life.”

Hope was found injured on Crow Lane on Wednesday night after likely being struck by traffic. While she lacked identifying tattoos or microchips, the cat was believed to be someone’s pet because of her docile nature.

While the hospital has received several calls from people interested in adopting the cat, no owner has come forward.

Dr Madeiros said the hospital has received dozens of donations to help fund Hope’s treatment, more than enough to cover the animals medical costs.

“People have been very generous. People have donated money and asked about taking her in,” he said.

“At the moment we have more than enough funds to treat her, so what we have been doing is telling people that we will put the money in a fund to help treat animals like Hope who are brought in.”

Hope, he said, was just one of numerous animals who are brought to the Island’s veterinarians every year without any signs of ownership.

“All the vets on the Island have always been very generous in these situations, and in working with the SPCA and dealing with wildlife,” he said.

“The animals get treatment as soon as they come in. We don’t withhold treatment. However, there eventually comes a time when we need to contact the owners.”

Incidents like this one he said demonstrates the need for pet owners to microchip their pets so that they can easily be identified.

“This happens unfortunately quite often with cats. Because they disappear for times, people tend to wait and not call around looking for them,” he said. “Microchipping is quick and easy, and it’s really become a vital tool for us vets.”

What does the future hold? Hundreds of dollars have been donated by members of the public to support ?Hope?, a grey tabby cat thought to have been struck by traffic last week on East Broadway. She is being looked after at the Ettrick Animal Hospital. However, her future is still uncertain.

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Published November 29, 2011 at 8:59 am (Updated November 29, 2011 at 8:59 am)

Donations mount up for injured cat, but her future is still uncertain

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