She may be only five weeks old, but a tiny grey kitten in Squamish has got the heart – and the roar – of a lion. Found in a metal recycling dumpster in a community north of Pemberton, little Ella suffered what appear to be crush injuries to her front feet and a dislocated vertebrae at the base of her tail, and will likely need several amputation surgeries among other medical care.
“This little spark plug has a ton of fighting spirit!” says SPCA Squamish Valley Branch manager Marika Donnelly. “She’s been through a whole lot in her short little life, but her prognosis is good – she is too small to have surgery right now but we’re managing her pain and fighting infection with antibiotics.”
Ella’s entire left leg will most likely need to be amputated, as well as her tail, and a toe on her right foot that is dislocated and broken will also need to be amputated, once the wee kitten grows a little larger.
“Ella likes to roar like a lion – she thinks she’s that tough – and she loves to snuggle with you in her blankie,” Donnelly says. “She’s a real sweetheart. We just want her to have a chance to live out the rest of her nine lives without pain and hopefully, we can give her a much better second start.”
Ella’s medical care costs are expected to reach $6,750. A non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies primarily on public donations to help the province’s most vulnerable animals. The BC SPCA is also looking for Ella’s previous owner(s) – anyone with information is asked to contact the BC SPCA.
If you can help Ella and other animals like her in need at the Squamish Valley SPCA, please visit spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or drop by the branch in person, at 39901 Government Rd., Squamish (in the municipal works yard).
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.