Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts, Inc. wrote -
In rescue we see the best and the worst of human nature. This past week, we have unfortunately had to face the difficult reality that not everyone cares for animals the same way we do.
This is Bettie, a seven-month-old long haired tuxedo cat who lives in Richmond, VA who needs your help. Sadly, Bettie is the victim of animal abandonment and cruelty and she requires an expensive surgery to restore her quality of life.
We took Bettie into our care when a kind feral cat caretaker found her living among a colony of cats at an apartment complex. Bettie was taken with other cats in the community to be altered and vaccinated. She was dragging her left rear foot and had a wound in her left flank, and the veterinarian concluded that feral cats had attacked her and treated the wound on her flank as a bite.
Once the caretaker realized that Bettie was not a feral cat, she reached out to us, Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts (CARE), of Richmond to help find her a loving forever home rather than put her back to live a harsh life among the feral cats. CARE turned to River City Veterinary Hospital to find out why she was still not using her back leg after a few weeks in foster care. The results of the x-ray and neurological exam showed that someone had cruelly shot Bettie, hoping she would die. The BB lodged inside her spinal canal, resulting in tail paralysis and a weakness in her rear left leg that causes her to drag her rear paw.
It is difficult for any of us to imagine the pain that Bettie is in right now and watch her struggle to walk normally, yet she is extremely sweet, gentle, loving, and ready to forgive. Everyone that has met her adores her.
The good news is that Bettie has feeling in her foot and can hopefully avoid amputation of her rear leg through surgery to remove the metal from her spine. We feel that we have to do everything possible to give Bettie the best chance of walking again and restore her quality of life. After consulting with the neurosurgeons at VRCC, we are electing to perform surgery in hopes of saving her leg although the cost will be significant and there is a 50% chance of saving her leg. Unfortunately, this is an expensive surgery so we are asking for donations to help offset the estimated minimum $3,600.00 cost to return the quality of life that was sadly stolen by someone with a gun and a hatred for animals.