A young black kitten was brought into the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter in California, on June 9th, 2019. It had been a sweltering day with temperatures registering at 107 degrees with the heat index. But for a few caring souls trying to enjoy the summer weather, the found themselves in an infuriating situation. While out walking, they’d noticed a homeless man in the distance, dragging something on a string. They sensed something was amiss, so they stopped to observe the odd happenings. After a short time, they were able to make out just what was trailing behind the man. It was a small black kitten!! The man was pulling the poor baby on a string by it’s delicate two front legs.
They cautiously approached the homeless man and tied up kitten, offering to take the feline off his hands.
Thankfully, the man easily agreed without any confrontations. However, they could tell the kitten was suffering and immediately called the nearby Moreno Valley Animal Shelter. A worker was quickly sent to pick up the kitten.
But there was no time to wait and the rescuers were extremely worried about the kitten. They took it back to their vehicle to try to cool it down. Clearly overheating, the kitten leaned against a cool water bottle quietly while they all waited.
The officer arrived soon after and rushed the kitten back to the shelter’s vet. They knew they’d be able to give the tortured kitten the best chance at surviving the horrific ordeal. But they had to get it help ASAP.
*Before you erupt in anger, there is NO update on any criminal charges against the homeless man. Yes, we all want to punish these animal abusers, but we must abide by the laws as well. Focus on TNR to lessen the number of animals on the streets. Educate others on what they can do to help. And most importantly, like the individuals here, do something if you see something happening.
Once they got the kitten back to the vet, they were devastated to learn that both front legs were broken.
The kitten was a little girl, approximately 6 weeks old. She weighed in a little over a pound. Their exam yielded the sad results.
Medical notes: 6/10/19. On exam cat appears to have antebrachial forelimb fractures with callus formation. Advised prognosis is unknown/guarded. Kittens can heal quickly, but unknown if growth plate is involved. Advised to monitor progress and QOL at weekly splint changes. Placed a tongue depressor splint.
She wasn’t “out of the water” yet though. Just because she was brought to the shelter, her life was not safe. This was NOT a no-kill shelter. She had to be spoken for by June 13th or she’d face euthanasia. Making matters worse, they needed a registered organization to commit to rescuing her. Normal everyday people are not approved to adopt directly. (I know, it’s ridiculous.)
But with the large vet bills that would be accumulated in her near future, it was difficult finding an organization that COULD help. Especially during the peak of kitten season. Supporters on the Friends of Moreno Valley Shelter Animals Facebook page pledged donations in her honor.
Despite everything, the little girl with two broken legs was just as sweet as could be!
She cries when she’s in her kennel but sleeps peacefully when she’s in your arms.
Meanwhile, one organization based out of Northern San Diego county was doing everything in their power to save her. Love Your Feral Felines were campaigning to their supporters for all the help they could give. Jumping on board with the fundraising efforts, Cat Man Chris, a.k.a. Cole and Marmalade’s dad, shared the social media posts.
Firstly, they were able to secure her release and named her Lacey!
But best of all, between the LYFF and Cat Man Chris posts, they were able to raise more than the almost $5000 estimated for her surgery!
The left leg will probably require surgery with a specialist. The right leg we may be able to help heal with a splint. We are hoping she can be seen by a specialist tomorrow! Today she is resting and is now on pain medication to help her be comfortable. We love her!
On June 18th, Lacey underwent successful surgery on her two broken front legs.
Surgery went really well and her leg repairs could not have gone better. She did have a scary episode when they took her for her post op x-rays. Her heart stopped but they were able to resuscitate. She is in the ICU and doing well now. She will remain in the ICU for at least a couple of days to recover.
Thank you to VSH and Dr. Pike for the world-class care Lacey is receiving. We are so thankful for all prayers, healing thoughts, and support.
Only a day after surgery, Lacey was already showing much improvement overall.
She’s doing amazing today, and is eating like a champ. Even more good news is she gets to go home tomorrow to continue her recovery!
To think, just one week ago Lacey was alone and in pain, and tonight she has a brand new life to look forward to! Thank you again for all your generosity which made this possible.
And 4 days later, she took her first steps on her newly repaired front legs.
Look at this strong, brave girl! She’s taken her first wobbly and closely supervised steps since her surgery. Every day Lacey gets stronger and she is truly doing so much better than we could ever have dared possible.
We also received a few pictures of her surgery. Looking at these pictures really brings home just how complex the operation was. [However, it] makes us even more proud of this amazing kitten! We love you Lacey!
Stay tuned for some possibly wonderful and “heart-bursting with joy” type news!!!
Above all, be sure to follow Love Your Feral Felines on social media for all the amazing rescue stories they are involved with.
If you would like to contribute to their organization–and the future cats like Lacey that will need us ALL to survive, here’s how.
Venmo – www.venmo.com/LYFFcatrescue
PayPal – firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mail to Love Your Feral Felines, PO Box 1333, Bonsall CA 92003