Cats are known to have nine lives, and at only eight months old, this little guy has already used up a few. He was picked up by Animal Services in the Desert with severe injuries, the victim of a gunshot wound. He is fighting to survive and will need extensive surgery, including having one of his legs amputated. Animal cruelty happens every day, regrettably. While we cannot save his leg, we can save his life. He deserves another chance, and we're determined to give him that chance.
Initially, Coachella Valley Animal Campus took him in and quickly realized they had a very special cat on their hands. Despite his grievous injuries, he was unafraid, curious and affectionate. The bullet shattered his leg and lodged in his abdomen, but somehow the projectile didn't damage any internal organs. While many animals with such extensive wounds would be humanely euthanized (his was scheduled last Friday) the shelter staff were moved by this young cat's spirit, attitude and will to live. They reached out to Living Free to see if we could help.
Upon hearing his story, we agreed to rescue him. When he arrived at the sanctuary, what inspired the staff at CVAC was immediately apparent. Despite his injuries, he was loving, trusting, and affectionate, purring even while his injuries were assessed, cleaned and disinfected. He seemed to know we were there to help and nuzzled his appreciation.
The surgery he needs to survive is complex. The nerves and bones in his leg were damaged beyond repair, so the leg must be amputated. He will require internal surgery to remove the projectile in his abdomen. There are other injuries that will need to be treated and closed. With his loving attitude and survivor's spirit, we're anticipating recovery won't take long, then we'll help him find his forever home with a loving family.
The current crisis has had an adverse effect on many non-profits, and we are no exception. As a nonprofit, no-kill animal sanctuary, Living Free does not receive any funding from the government. The veterinary bills could exceed $4000, and we are asking for your help to give this wonderful cat a second chance.
Living Free is dedicated to saving the lives of animals when their time is up at public shelters. Every animal entering Living Free receives the highest level of care and will forever be protected by Living Free. Giving abandoned and abused animals a second chance is what we're all about. But we cannot do it without your support. Please help if you can.
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