Bullseye came into the stellar rescue, The Stray Connection, weighing about one pound and blind. One eye was diseased, had ruptured, and was painful, so he needed surgery quickly. We were able to sponsor the surgery. Now, he has a great spirit and seems much happier having the painful, ruptured eye removed. Bullseye will soon be available for adoption.
This little kitten weighed just over a pound when she was rescued from a trailer park colony. She was sick, and one eye was so infected that it was completely distended from its socket and riddled with parasites. The Stray Connection took her in and named her Grace. Unfortunately, the eye couldn’t be saved, but she is much more comfortable and will do just fine with one eye. The rescue will ensure she gets a family who will keep her indoors.
Buttercup came to The Stray Connection from a shelter. She also brought six kittens with her. When they were weaned, her job was not done. Seven orphans came into the shelter, and they needed nourishment from a nursing cat, so Buttercup raised all of them, too! Unfortunately along the way, she got an eye infection that turned nasty. Her eye ruptured and could not be saved, requiring removal. We sponsored this needed surgery. Buttercup will be adopted to a loving indoor home as soon as she has fully recovered.
Snow Bell was either mauled or caught in a trap; her back leg was mangled and severely injured before she was taken to the Roane County Animal Shelter. Shelter staff called on The Stray Connection, who immediately stepped up and had Snow Bell rushed to the vet. Unfortunately, her leg had to be amputated, but she’s already doing so much better. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because she also had a raging infection in her uterus that is being treated. It may have ultimately killed her. We paid $300 on her bill. Snow Bell will be available for adoption through The Stray Connection as soon as she has fully recovered.
Miss Sassy Pants came to The Stray Connection after Hurricane Irma. She had a discernible head tilt upon arrival, probably from a ruptured ear drum and/or a long term ear infection. She was one of the lucky cats who was evacuated from a Tampa shelter before the storm hit their area. Remote Area Medical, based in Rockford, TN, made a special trip to rescue displaced cats. She had a mild ear infection when the rescue first got her that we treated, but her head tilt did not resolve. Furthermore, over time, she continued to have constant nasal drainage, she has a suspicious bump on the bridge of her nose, and her foster mom felt that she was drinking more water than normal. All of these factors lead us to the decision to pursue further diagnostics. HPAN kicked in $300 toward Miss Sassy Pants’ vet bill. She’s worth it!
The Stray Connection took in another kitten who needed an eye removed. Harvey hails from the Roane County Animal Shelter. We are so happy he was given the chance to live through rescue!
The Stray Connection took in two very tiny kittens from the Grainger County Humane Society. Bocelli and BoPeep had been abandoned and obviously abused or injured. They had ruptured eyes that required removal. Without the diseased eyes, the kittens can now grow up pain free as they acclimate to having only one eye.
The Stray Connection is a wonderful cat rescue in our area who routinely pulls from local shelters. They took on a kitten who became sick and needs a diagnosis. She has been seen by a local vet and referred to UT Vet Hospital. Costs will run upwards of $1200. We contributed $300 toward Gidget’s care in hopes that she will live a happy life.