Two curious cats need a lot of love – and medical care – at the Kamloops SPCA. Pascha, an eight-week-old female kitten, could potentially need an amputation after an unfortunate accident, while Wesley, an affectionate one-year-old, has a pelvic fracture and a dislocated right leg.
Because medical costs add up and could easily exceed $1,000 very quickly, Kamloops BC SPCA shelter staff are hoping the public will help out these two cute kitties.
“Pascha was placed in a foster home until she grew older, but she’s a bit of a klutzy kitten, and had an unfortunate run-in with a laptop that left her with a right femur fracture,” says branch manager Charleen Holloway. It’s difficult to put a splint on such a small kitten, so this tiny girl is on strict kennel rest, as the veterinarian is hopeful the bone will mend, but if the bone doesn’t heal, she will need the leg amputated. “Pascha is such a sweet girl – she’s very curious – but she’s had such a tough start to her life. From getting lost before she was even old enough to be away from her mother to breaking her leg on a laptop, we think this little baby deserves a second start to a better life.”
Wesley, found in the middle of a busy road and surrendered to the SPCA when his finders noticed he wouldn’t or couldn’t move around, requires femoral head excision surgery, where part of the bone is removed.
“Although he’s in a lot of pain and likely pretty scared, Wesley hasn’t stopped purring since he came to the shelter. He’s very sweet and affectionate, and loves to have his ears rubbed,” Holloway says.
In its new Strategic Plan (PDF), the BC SPCA is focusing on British Columbia’s cat overpopulation crisis – there are tens of thousands of homeless kittens and cats in B.C. who needlessly suffer from injury, illness and starvation, yet it’s a completely preventable problem – one highlighted by cats and kittens like Wesley and Pascha.
If you can help Wesley, Pascha and other animals like them in need of care at the Kamloops SPCA, you can donate online or in person at the shelter, 1211 8th St., Kamloops.
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.