It was around 4:00 a.m. on Monday, April 23rd when Jeannette Walker was awakened by a noise coming from her bathroom.
Someone was in her house!
Brave but terrified, she tiptoed through the room and made her way into the dark unknown. The mysterious intruder seemed unconcerned at the ruckus they were making.
Jeannette slowly reached around the door frame and flipped the light switch. What she saw startled her to the core.
Instead of having to protect herself from an attacker, her intruder left his mark on her in another way.
From the now glaring light of the bathroom, a battered and severely injured cat stared up at her. His broken-spirited eyes gleamed with a desperate lifesaving plea.
The malnourished ginger boy was covered in grease, oil and fleas. He had found his way into Jeannette’s home through her “doggy door” or pet flap.
It was fate that brought him through her door and into her heart.
She vowed she’d stop at nothing to help this poor cat. Not wanting to accept it, she was afraid he would be euthanized at a shelter due to his apparent trauma.
She posted on a local lost & found pet Facebook page first. The unfortunately feline had a collar on, but no tags.
Her post caught the attention of FieldHaven Feline Center in Lincoln, California. They quickly arranged for Yuba County Animal Care Services to pick up the suffering feline.
He would then be transferred to the experienced staff at Marysville Veterinary Hospital for an exam.
From the look and smell of the scruffy squatter, they believe that he may have climbed into a car engine.
When the engine was started…he didn’t make it out unscathed.
Not only was he very skinny, his jaw was badly broken.
This meant that he likely hadn’t been able to eat with the devastating injury. He would absolutely require surgery to survive.
Surprising everyone, he never stopped purring despite the pain he was in.
Posted by FieldHaven Feline Center on Monday, April 23, 2018
At the veterinary hospital, they named him O’Malley.
He was given pain medication to help ease his discomfort and the filth was washed from his fur. His injuries didn’t stop him from devouring the food readily provided to him.
By that Friday, if no owners had claimed him and the decision was made to move forward with the procedure. He was not neutered so this would also be done.
The vet hospital deeply discounted the cost of the surgery for them, and FieldHaven began fundraising.
Everyone who laid eyes on sweet O’Malley’s face was happy to help anyway they could.
By the very next day, they had raised over $2000.00 to cover his surgery!
“O’Malley is resting comfortably and the staff is providing him with pain control, lots of soupy cat food, a warm bed and lots of love! The staff reports that he’s eating great and is loving all the attention he’s getting. Surgery is scheduled for Friday.”
“Your generosity is so incredible! Not only has O’Malley’s surgery been covered by your donations (estimated at $800) but with over $2,000 (so far) in donations we are able to establish the “O’Malley Fund”. The fund will help other animals at Yuba County Animal Care Services who are in need of medical intervention so they can become adoptable.”
O’Malley would spend the next few days at the hospital to ensure he was on his way to a speedy recovery.
There was only a bit of expected swelling, but the procedure was an absolute success!
On the 30th, FieldHaven shared a heartwarming update with O’Malley’s growing fan base.
He was happily discharged into a foster home who would provide him with the love and attention he needed to heal.
“He’s doing great! Very social and eating like a champ! No appetite problems for this boy!”
As the weeks went on, O’Malley’s foster mom Donna was happy to share his progress reports on the center’s Facebook page.
May 2nd: “He’s doing great – eating ravenously. Every time he hears a can pop open he starts bellowing for food! We did find out today that he does not have a fondness for outdoors. We put him in the yard outside Buck’s Barn and he immediately wanted back in!”
O'Malley is just checking in with you all to say "hi"!He's doing great – eating ravenously. Every time he hears a can pop open he starts bellowing for food! We did find out today that he does not have a fondness for outdoors. We put him in the yard outside Buck's Barn and he immediately wanted back in!#SaveOMalley
Posted by FieldHaven Feline Center on Tuesday, May 1, 2018
May 30th: “O’Malley Update! Guess who stopped in for a checkup yesterday?? He is thriving with his foster mom, Donna. He is looking the picture of health!”
In June, the wire holding his delicate jaw together was finally removed.
Not only had O’Malley become an avid snuggler during his time in the foster home, he found another passion.
He had a part-time “gig” at a senior home providing free cuddles to the residents!
But finding a fur-ever home was proving more difficult, even though the fee had already been sponsored!
Originally O’Malley informed his foster mom that he wanted to be an only kitty.
Then on August 2nd, apparently he changed his mind!
“That’s what O’Malley told us this week. He really does like other cats. It was his selfish side in wanting to have a human all to himself that had him telling us he didn’t want to live with other cats. Now he’s feeling guilty for making that statement and is coming clean.”
“So, all of you who said you’d adopt him if he would get along with other cats…… We’re waiting to hear from you!”
Just one week later, a wonderful woman crossed the centers threshold and changed both hers and O’Malley’s lives fur-ever.
Tracy fell head over heels in love with the handsome ginger boy. She happily accepted him into her life and home.
Even better, she is a nurse and plans on continuing his new career as a purrfessional snuggler! <3
Thank you to everyone involved in rehabilitating this little furry trespasser!
REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP; FOSTERING SAVES LIVES & SPAY AND NEUTER!