Tallahassee-area animal control picked up Squints the cat along with two kittens who found homes. However, Squints would require surgery for a genetic condition that caused his eyelids to fold inward against the eyeball (Hence his name).
The shelter vet team diagnosed Squints with entropion, which irritates and may damage the cornea. In Squint’s case, both lower eyelids and one upper eyelid were affected. Sadly, he was uncomfortable and in some pain.
Surgery to Save Squint’s Eyes
Fortunately, shelter vets were able to help Squint’s eyes, performing in-house surgery. Afterward, he felt more comfortable. However, a few weeks later, the staff noticed he was still suffering from some inward rolling of his eyelids. Now, the cat would need more expensive surgery from the shelter.
Animal Shelter Foundation
Now, the shelter reached out for help so Squints could have additional eye surgeries. Thanks to donations and community support, the Animal Shelter Foundation (ASF) would help this special kitty.
According to Yahoo!:
“The Animal Shelter Foundation works closely with the shelter. Shelter staff will call on ASF to help when a deserving animal needs more financial help and support than shelter resources can withstand.”
Following the surgery, Squints was doing much better and was adopted soon afterward.
Amazingly, the ASF comprises all volunteers, a nonprofit organized to support animals cared for by Tallahassee Animal Services.
Since people in the Tallahassee area generously donated, the ASF helped 965 animals last year alone, including a low-cost spay and neuter clinic.
If you would like to donate, please see the ASF website.