BENEFITING: TREE HOUSE HUMANE SOCIETY
Tree House is amazing for so many reasons, but one of those reasons is how they help community and stray cats in emergency situations. Last night we saw a post on a Tree House discussion group about a cat stuck to a chain link fence. It turns out she was trapped on the concrete embankment against a chain link fence under the highway on Diversey. She was sobbing loudly, and people walking by kept stopping and pointing at her. Still, no one approached her.
My husband and I had a carrier and some food in the car, but we weren’t quite sure how we would get her into the carrier, particularly if she turned out to be feral. We quickly climbed the slope and approached her. She meowed and watched us the whole time. We put the carrier down, and I started to open the can of wet food. We considered using a jacket to grab her to get her into the carrier since we had forgotten a towel.
Then an amazing thing happened. She saw the carrier, slouched low to the ground, and ran into it as quickly as she could. She hunkered down inside and looked up at us with a look that clearly said, “now get me out of here.” We couldn't stop laughing, even though it was a serious situation. I don't think I've ever seen a cat go into a carrier with such little fuss.
Her eye was visibly injured, her tail had been tucked to her body like she might be in pain, and she was filthy. It was clear she needed medical attention. We headed over to an ER, because all of the vets had closed already on Friday evening. She laid on the blanket in the carrier and already seemed so much happier.
When we took her out for an exam at the vet, we still weren’t sure if she was friendly or feral. However, the instant a hand came close to her, she headbutted it eagerly. She started rubbing against us as much as she could, desperate for affection and reassurance. She was dirty and in pain, but she clearly loved people. The vet tech looked at her and said, “This cat did not want to be outside.”
We scanned for a microchip and checked lost cat posts, but there was no match. We really have no idea how she got out, but we told her she was firmly inside from now on!
Once the vet let her walk around the room, she started limping. X-rays showed two broken toes, which is the same as a broken foot in a cat. Her eye injuries were from being stuck in a chain-link fence and trying to push through, and luckily missed her actual eyeball. The cuts are the shape of a fence link, and will likely leave a scar. Her broken toes are the type from being stuck and pulling to get free. She was sedated to clean her eye and properly splint her foot, and then she was sent home with us to foster for a few days.
She’s got a long recovery ahead, but she’s on her way. She is FIV and FeLV negative, approximately a year old, only seven pounds, and will be spayed once she is healthy enough. She is available for adoption and will be looking for a home soon to make sure she never gets stuck under the highway again.
How many ways is Tree House Humane Society incredible? Tree House agreed to take this kitty in and to pay for her medical bills through their emergency fund. First she was found through the Tree House discussion group, and then they were making it possible for her to get the medical attention she needed. Finally, a Tree House foster stepped forward and offered to keep her until she could be adopted.
To make sure that Tree House can continue helping cats in emergency situations, we need to raise funds to cover the costs of this girl’s medical treatments (approximately $1,000). Every little bit helps.
As for a name, following some great suggestions: Alice in Chains. Rock on, little girl!