Thank you to everyone who responded with so much care to the story of Rosie Faith, the injured cat I told you about Monday. I would have followed up sooner, but as you may have heard we had a small activity at GM this week that took up my full attention and I haven’t been able to do this until now. I have an update for you - if you are an animal lover or have even the slightest bit of humanity in you it will infuriate you, but we need to tell the story in order to help this cat and prevent horrible things like this from happening to other animals.
Faith was picked up Monday afternoon from the lady who notified us. She was transported to the home of the MMCR director, where Sarah was able to evaluate her late Monday. There are a few changes in the initial analysis of Faiths situation. When Sarah first approached her, she moved towards Sarah & rubbed her head in Sarah’s hands. Faith then rolled onto her back (as if to say please take a look) which allowed Sarah to do a thorough examination.
Faiths injuries are more severe than originally thought. She is the victim of animal cruelty via humans. She has severe burns to all of her tail as well as her genital area. She is not a she but is a he. The evidence shows that he (Now just Faith) was set on fire. It melted his genitals so it made it very difficult to tell if he was a boy or girl. He is able to go to the bath room. Regarding the tail damage the bottom 50% of his tail is black bone that will need to be amputated. Infection has set in, in his tail and his genitals. He is currently on pain medications as well as antibiotics.
He is scheduled to go into the vet tomorrow morning. (CB note: this note came Wednesday, so he has been to the vet as of this morning; I will update his condition for you when I learn it.) The vet will do a much more extensive examination to determine if he will need a second surgery for his neuter procedure and any additional reconstructive surgery that he will need. I know this sounds so grim but we really expect a full recovery after a tail amputation, which will have no effect on his ability to function normally.
For those of you that made donations to help cover his care we are beyond grateful & appreciate all that you have done. The initial $300 request was an estimate. But we do believe that we have gotten enough donations to cover his immediate medical & follow up care. Any donations that we received that maybe above what it takes to care for Faith, will be used to take care of the approximate 120 other precious kitties that we have in our care currently. Many of our cats are also in need of special care. Again thank you from Faith and all of our current and future kitties.
You read that correctly: someone set this cat on fire and melted his genitals! When I think of the unspeakable pain this poor animal must have gone through and still must feel, it makes me want to cry for him, and makes me want to find the horrible, evil, cowardly person who did this to him. (I’d suggest a similar punishment… but discretion probably mandates that I just suggest pressing animal cruelty charges!)
This is a sad, horrible situation — but one that can get better for this cat thanks to people like everyone who donated. Here’s a photo of this sweet little boy:
Thank you to everyone who chose to help. Click here to learn more about Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue.