Update Dec. 2, 2015
Brenna Baker, manager of the BC SPCA’s East Kootenay Branch where Malala is being cared for, sends this update:
Malala is doing amazingly well in her recovery. She is healing quickly and will be getting her stitches out tomorrow morning. She still eats like it will be her last meal but she is gaining weight and the sores on her feet and legs are looking a lot better. She is a big "ham" for the cameras and has one of the most loving, unique personalities of any cat that I have ever met. When she is ready for her new forever home we have had more than 100 people expressing interest in adopting her, so the future looks bright for this special girl. Thank you so much to everyone who reached out with such generosity and compassion to give Malala a second chance!
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Original story: Nov. 27, 2015
BC SPCA hoping public can help Cranbrook cat found injured, bleeding at dump
She was discarded at the dump, her legs tied together, bleeding from several wounds, not moving but alive. Her tail had been severed and she was extremely dehydrated and emaciated. Fortunately, a Good Samaritan found the black cat, named Malala, and took her straight to the East Kootenay BC SPCA Branch, where she was immediately rushed to a veterinarian for emergency care.
“She was bleeding a lot from her tail, which had been cut off, and she had several open wounds on her feet, legs and head,” says BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch manager Brenna Baker. “It horrifies me to think that someone might do something like this to any animal, then leave her at the dump, suffering and in pain, tossed away like so much trash.”
The vet cleaned Malala’s wounds, performed surgery on her tail and gave her fluids. Now, she’s recovering in the warmth of the SPCA shelter, under the attention and care of staff and volunteers who hope to give her a chance at a better life in a loving, forever home.
“She is such a sweet pea and so full of love,” Baker says. “She’s got a long road to recovery, but we’re grateful to the man who spotted her at the Elko transfer station and wasted no time getting her to us.”
The cost of Malala’s medical care is expected to be nearly $1,200. A non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies primarily on public donations to help British Columbia’s most vulnerable animals. If you can help Malala and other animals like her at the BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch, visit spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or drop off donations in person at 3339 Highway 3 and 95, Cranbrook.
If anyone has any information on how Malala came to be at the Elko transfer station, they are encouraged to call the BC SPCA cruelty hotline, at 1-855-622-7722.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.