17th February 2016: Today Belle has had her ear mites treated, ears cleaned, face washed & her eyes continue to be treated. She is putting on weight and has begun to take a great interest in eating. Sadly she remains very timid and is easily scared, loud noises or strangers cause her distress. This will change as she heals and realises we will not hurt her Last week the local Mayors office called to ask if we could take in a cat they had found in the bottom of their bin. We see many cases of abuse & starvation it is nothing abnormal but what arrived was pitiful to see even by our standards.
Emaciated unable to stand or walk she had sat in the freezing cold covered by rubbish all manner of foul things, the smell from her was awful paws were black her eyes full of pus she was covered in diarrhoea. The bin lid was down, the condition she was in was so poor she could never have climbed in herself we assume some contemptible human being decided she was disposable & threw her in the bin.
Our vet kept her for IV drips/antibiotics/X-rays an FIV/FeLV test which to our surprise & relief was negative. Sadly her pelvis has been broken with many fractures her left hip dislocated, with no obvious veterinary care all her fractures have healed incorrectly a patchwork too late for us to do anything about. The agony she must have been in after the accident while trying to find food & shelter is indescribable.
Despite all this she purred, wanted cuddles stoically sitting in her bath water while we tried to remove the caked on dirt. Belle has a long road ahead once normal weight she will need an operation on her back leg we cannot leave it hanging out she might lose it but we will try to realign it first.
We are aware this time of year is not good for most financially but we have to try on her behalf for donations towards her veterinary treatment, orthopedic operation & travel. Belle will never be able to be released back to where she was found & will be sent to Woodland Nook in the UK for re homing, many thanks for their efforts in fundraising. In the meantime its rest, warmth, food & meds with love & care.
Tilly’s rescue has been traumatic for all involved you may find some of the photos distressing.
Her blind mother had been having a succession of kittens catching chlamydia off her only to either die or survive blind themselves. The mother cat lived in Chania out of a litter of 5 only two kittens remained one of which was taken into our vet Eleni
A male tabby (@11 weeks of age) already blind he died fitting the afternoon we brought him home probably meningitis from the eye infections. At this point we persuaded the gentleman feeding the mother that this cycle had to end she needed urgent neutering. The mother has now been neutered cared for afterwards by the person feeding her & returned to her street, our vet kindly sharing the cost of neutering.
Following week the remaining sibling was caught, already lost one eye to infection the other remained just beginning to succumb to infection. We took her for nursing we did not expect her to live but she was stronger than her brother, fluids, antibiotics treating all the infections & then parasite treatments she is now thriving!
Tilly requires an operation to remove the left eye when she has grown in about another month, all her infections have gone we have started her vaccinations she will also be neutered. Such a special little one she is courageous, clever running all over the place playing trying to catch flies her right eye seems to have normal vision.
Tilly adores human cuddles an adorable kitten she can go to a new home now under supervision here or after her operation.
If you can give this amazing little creature a home here or in Europe please contact us.
Penelope (@1½ years old) was very lucky to be found by the roadside after having been hit by a car, she suffered serious fractures to her pelvis & fractured her left hind leg.
Brought into the last neuter session she has been with us on cage rest for 5 weeks, now standing/sitting her coat is a gorgeous colour she has the most amazing eye make up! Looking really well obviously feeling better as she tries to get out!
Penny needs another month of cage rest no jumping to allow the fractures to heal then we shall do another X-Ray to check all is well. When her pelvis is healed we can neuter her & begin vaccinations.
Timid, shy and demure she is a little lady who enjoys cuddles now talking to us she is tame needing a quiet loving home.
We need a caring gentle adopter any donations towards her care & travel would be welcome.
Raggy enjoys the sessions particularly the Royal Canin Mobility biccies! He has shown a good response, his remaining hind leg being increasingly sensitive and he is using it more.
Many people are asking about Ragnar & his progress this lucky boy is going to Hanover! His wonderful adopters have a ready made harem two girls both of which suffered abuse and lost a leg. The adopters are comfortable with disabled cats and have an enclosed garden where he will be safe. He can stand, the wound has healed he uses his litter trays but it will be sometime before he regains full use of his remaining back leg. The lazy boy has worked out he can run faster by using his powerful front legs on the tiles to get along!
5th April 2015 Ragnar was found by colleagues in the streets of Chania dragging his back legs along the road. Partially paralysed on the right side worse on the left X-Rays showed the lower lumbar spine had been slightly compressed from a blow to the spine. Everyone agreed we had to give this handsome boy a chance we were asked to nurse him, 6 weeks of cage rest no jumping, anti inflammatory medication, physio and heat.
Gradually his tail moved, he regained control of his bladder/bowel using his litter trays. The right leg improved he was standing & walking but the left leg remained paralysed with muscle wasting, stiffness his paw bent backwards hindering movement tripping him up.
Another 2 weeks later we had to make the difficult decision do we euthanize him as clearly he would never walk normally. Ragnar obviously longed to be back outside which would not be safe for him now he would not be able to run free as he did before. The alternative was to amputate the useless limb hoping his left back leg would continue to improve taking his full weight allowing him to have a good quality of life all be it restricted to indoors or outside pens.The risk would be putting him through such traumatic surgery only to have to euthanize him if his remaining leg did not take his weight. This week we went ahead amputated his left leg, neutered & micro chipped him ready for his passport. To our delight & relief he is coping much better his walking & standing is stable the wound is healing well. It will take many months for him to recover fully but we are now confident enough he will do well to ask for an adopter who can give him a safe secure home.
Ragnar needs to be an indoor cat with access to watching the outside world a pen outside would be kinder for him. He is a typical Greek boy with the most gorgeous green eyes, wants his own way, talks all the time, likes head rubs but not really a lap cat, he eats everything he owns you! He does seem to be very sociable interested in other cats he likes his girls but he would need to be the dominant male. If you can offer this handsome boy a home here or in the UK please contact us if you cannot help re home Ragnar donations would be appreciated towards his travel fees go to the paypal link.
This is an appeal on behalf of Lazarus (Larry) approximately 2 years of age rescued off the streets of Chania. Larry had extensive lacerations across his nose/sinuses, fractured jaw, left eye blind (detached optic nerve) all wounds contaminated with maggot infestation.
Here is Fineas (right) reclining with his new feline grandma! Our lucky boy from such an awful beginning is now safe and loved in his new home in England. Thanks to everyone involved from the Greek couple that picked him up off the roadside, Eleni who operated on him, everyone involved in his care and most of all Janna & partner for adopting him