Someone I know who reads my blog from the Philippines posted an entry on her blog yesterday that I found really disturbing and upsetting. I felt the need to share the story here, to see if I can help her out.
You see, this is a problem involving a very young cat that’s in need of some serious help. I’m sure most people that have read this blog more than once know that I have a soft spot for cats. I have two myself, and one more that I passed along to my mom, to complete her household with warm furry happiness.
The kitten’s name is Boomer. She was named after the character Grace Park plays in the popular sci-fi show, Battlestar Galactica. According to the owner, this cat was abandoned and, even though it seemed sickly, she took it in to try to improve and hopefully save its life. Shortly after she took it in, she noticed that the kitten had an eye infection. After pulling together the money required for a visit to the vet, she took the kitten to town.
This is where things get aggravating. The vet she took the kitten to did an examination and then gave an eye drop prescription. The owner applied the eye drops as prescribed, but instead of improving, the kitten got worse, so she again raised funds and took the kitten to another vet. The second vet looked at the prescription and told her that it was completely improper for those eye drops to be used. They contained a steroid that, instead of making the kittens eyes better, made them horribly worse.
The infection had perforated the kittens eyes, leaving her blind and in constant pain as her eyes, quite literally, are rotting in her head. The owner was told that in order to save the kitten, a very delicate surgery was required to remove her eyes, before the infection spread any further. Yes, because of the first vet’s improper prescription, this kitten, Boomer, is now blinded for life.
If this had happened in the US, the first vet would be bending over backwards to do everything he could to avoid lawsuits and attention from animal welfare organizations. Unfortunately, this happened in the Philippines, where pleas to CARA and other animal welfare groups or more often ignored than not. I have first hand experience with that. I reported cases of animal cruelty to them when I lived there and never even received a response.
So, the only thing to do is to raise the funding for the required surgery, which will, hopefully, save the kitten’s life. She’ll never see again, due to the negligence of a so-called veterinarian, but even blind, she could potentially live a long and happy life. I’ve seen books about blind cats that are very happy and content with their lives, like Homer, from Homer’s Odyssey (@HomerBlindCat on Twitter).
Every cat deserves a chance, especially when that cat was maimed by a human.
The total funds required for this kitten to receive the surgery she needs is 5500 PHP (approximately 125 US Dollars). Between myself and the owner, 2,200 PHP (about 50 US Dollars) has been covered, so I’m hoping that I can bring this to people’s attention, people who are willing to pitch in and get this cat the surgery it needs to live.
That’s 75 US Dollars folks. I’d contribute the rest myself, but I have to pay for textbooks at the end of the month. If you have a few bucks to spare, even if it’s just 5 dollars, I’ve added a PayPal donation widget to simplify the matter for you.
Any donations made through this widget will go directly to the owner’s PayPal account, not mine. She can be contacted through her Twitter account, @RunningTindera.
I’ll be adding this widget to my sidebar, and instructing the owner on how to add it to her sidebar as well. The widget doesn’t seem to work in the sidebar on Blogger, so she added it to her original post instead.
If you want to read the original post (by the owner) about Boomer, please click Here. It’s a bit of a sad read, though, and the pictures or completely heartbreaking, just so you know. The images in this post are borrowed from her post.
If you can’t contribute, but know others who might, please share this story.