Shade is a very sweet and friendly 10 week old male kitten that was found sitting on a Flatbush, Brooklyn sidewalk in the rain, barely able to move. A local rescuer took him home and called Brooklyn Animal Action. When BAA took Shade to the vet for an exam and x-rays, his injuries were extensive and, most likely, the result of deliberate abuse (based on fracture type).
Shade was in a lot of pain and suffered from multiple fractures and trauma-related conditions, including: two broken femurs (thigh bone), one broken tibia (shin bone), two pelvis fractures, and injury-related scar tissue and anemia. Shade's treatment required taking him to a specialty veterinary clinic, where he underwent the following treatments: right leg amputation (femur [thigh bone] was shattered next to hip socket and not repairable, broken tibia was also on right leg); surgical repair of the radial fracture of his left femur using a plate; and two blood transfusions to counter Shade's severe anemia and help him recover from the complex surgery.
Despite suffering from so much abuse and having to undergo extensive veterinary treatments, Shade continues to be a loving and cuddly kitten. He loves to snuggle and rest his head and paws on the arms of his caretakers. While somewhat annoyed by the e-collar and medications, he takes it all in stride without showing aggression towards his caretakers, and his gentle nature won over the hearts of all staff at the special surgical center.
Shade is now back home with his BAA foster mom but will continue to need extensive care, including physical therapy on his leg four times per day, pain medicine, antibiotics, and lots of help and supervision while eating. Since the pelvic fractures had not shifted, the veterinary surgeons have prescribed a kitten version of "modified bed rest," and Shade is restricted from jumping, climbing, or playing with other kittens for the next 4 - 6 weeks.
Multiple BAA volunteers will visit and help with Shade's recovery, but we need your help to pay for the balance of the veterinary surgical bill as well as continue his ongoing treatment plan. Through the generosity of the clinic, these expensive treatments were partially subsidized through a rescue organization fund. However, BAA is left to cover approximately $3500 ourselves.
Shade's long-term prognosis is good, and after his recovery period he is expected to be able to be a playful and loving pet.
Please consider donating to Shade's recovery today!