Disabled Kitten Named Chance
This kitten was found by our mail carrier in a drainage ditch on his route. Our store was his next stop. He came in the store and asked me to please come outside, he needed my help. He had rescued this kitten from a storm drain. It was covered in ants and fleas. It was dehydrated, lethargic and malnourished. He was not moving but had his eyes and mouth open. We rushed him inside where my daughter Savannah immediately bathed him to get the ants off. She gave him a little bit of water and broke a small piece of chicken up for him. He was starving. Ronnie, his rescuer went on to finish his route for the day. He came back later to check on Chance. He had tried to contact area clinics but all were closed when he found the kitten. We contacted a close friend of ours who owns a local pet boutique & food store. She sent over someone from animal rescue with flea medication and experience in dealing with situations like ours. He helped us stabilize the kitten in hopes to get him through the night. Chance, the kitten could not move his legs at all. His hips & legs were so bony you could see them protruding through his fur. Sunday came, Chance was a bit better but had a long way to go! He was still malnourished and could not stand or move his legs. Monday came, our friend Kim got him worked in at Chelsea Animal Clinic. The did an X ray for fear of broken bones. No broken bones but he does have a spinal injury. They gave him a steroid shot to see if it would help with the swelling. We were hoping he would be able to use his legs some and possibly recover with therapy. We are now into the next week and he cannot use his legs still. He does not know he has anything wrong! He is the most loving, sweetest kitten I have ever seen. He drags himself where he wants to go. It has been a group effort so far to care for him. My family keeps him, taking him from our store to home each night so he is not alone. He has to have help with every trip to the litter box. He cannot crawl into the box. We have to physically put him in there and take him out when he is finished. He does have accidents but that is okay! Ronnie, his rescuer buys him toys & food. Kim, owner of Whiskers & Wags has been helping get him to and from vet care. Chance is going to need care from now on. We would like to use these funds to purchase a wheelchair type set up for him as well as diapers, litter, a litter box that he may can access on his own. Puppy pads have been used to help with accidents so we will need to keep a steady supply of those. Chance is also going to need special vet care as he grows to prevent disease, help with growth changes in his body and overall care. He is going to need 24 hour care so he may need a sitter at times. We own Chelsea General Store in Chelsea AL so Chance has kind of become the "store" kitty as he comes to work with me during the day so I can care for him. We take him home at night to continue his care. We would love to purchase a play pen or play area for him that is large enough to allow him to move about without fear of getting hurt. He is a precious kitty. When Ronnie first saw him, he said he rescued him because he needed a "chance" to survive! We are his main caregivers and have a circle of friends who are helping donate time to help with this precious little guy. He loves to have his chin scratched. He loves to "hold my hand" with his paw. He does not know he is a special needs kitty. He warms my heart. He has a will to survive. He is not mad, he just wants to be loved!
Anna Ables Masters