Yoshi's Leg Surgery
Of course she's not really part seal, but due to a birth defect which caused her ankles to be dislocated, she's forced to walk like one. Yoshi is one of a litter of kittens from a feral mother cat. They were found in a rural area with every predator imaginable; coyotes, owls, eagles, crows, raccoons, and even a passing cougar. How on earth any of them were all able to survive out there is amazing, but that Yoshi didn't quickly become somebody's dinner is nothing short of a miracle! All her siblings were lucky enough to be adopted, but Yoshi must wait till surgery is done on her legs before she can go to her forever home. She's currently in a loving foster home until she is old enough for the surgery.
At most shelters, Yoshi would have been euthanized on intake. Of course we understand the reasons for that, it's just basic math. We all have many animals to care for with loads more always waiting to come in. The more that is put towards one, the less there is for the others. Those are the cold hard facts, but as a no kill shelter, we must consider more than the bottom line. Yoshi needs our help, and we must find a way! Just look at that sweet face, could anyone with half a heart pull the plug on her? Here's where YOU come in. The estimate for her surgery is about $3,000. A lot of money for a small rescue, but certainly not an insurmountable goal. That's just $30.00 each from 100 people. A small sacrifice from enough people will give Yoshi the happy life she so richly deserves. With your help, we can do this!
(a video of Yoshi in action: https://youtu.be/lXdSsJoSJwY)
POSNA is a 501 (c) (3) federally registered non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of USA tax law. We are an all volunteer group, so 100% of all money raised will go directly to Yoshi's care and surgery. Thank you for helping her!
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As you may remember, Yoshi had surgery on her second leg back in early November. This surgery was a bit more complicated and she's had some complications. First, some of the hardware caused a wound on her leg, and then she had some muscle contracture that made her physical therapy very painful. She was taken back to WSU at the beginning of this week for evaluation and radiographs, and their physical therapist worked on her leg several times a day. We spoke to the vet today, and one piece of her fixator (the metal bars and rods) was removed. As before, the purpose of doing this is to take away some of the support provided by the fixator and force Yoshi's leg to do more of the work to induce healing. The time spent doing intensive physical therapy this week seems to have helped, and the prognosis looks good. One of Yoshi's foster dads, Ken, will be making the snowy drive over to Pullman Friday morning to collect our little girl. I'm sure she will be very happy to be back with her family for the holidays! Attached are some photos from her latest stay at WSU.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family! We have an update on Yoshi - she had her second surgery the week before the holiday. WSU removed the remaining hardware from the first leg, and completed the surgery of the second leg at the same time. This surgery was a bit more involved, and there was more swelling in her foot afterwards, so she spent a week at WSU recovering so they could keep a close eye on it and make sure it was healing well. Thanks to Tammy once again for getting her to Pullman, and back the following week so she could be back home with Ken, Derek, and the other kitties at her foster home for the Thanksgiving holiday! We are very thankful for our awesome volunteers and the staff at the WSU veterinary teaching hospital for taking such good care of our Yoshi! To date, her surgery costs have been around $8,000, which doesn't include the prior vet visits, x-rays and follow up visits for rechecks, adjustments and bandage changes. Needless to say, additional donations toward her medical costs would be greatly appreciated. Another 8 weeks of recovery and we hope she can start training for Bloomsday next year!
Just a quick update! Yoshi was back at WSU today for some adjustments to the hardware on her leg. They removed two of the bars from the metal fixator on her leg, which will provide a little less support and force her leg to do a bit more work, which will help to strengthen it. The vet said she is doing very well, and looks to be on track for the surgery on her second leg around mid-November.
Attached are some photos of Yoshi with her adjusted fixator, and a clip of her walking. It's a little hard to tell, but she is now able to actually walk on her foot instead of having the foot splay out to side as she moves. Looking good Yoshi!
A big thank you to everyone who has helped to get Yoshi this far on her journey to a happy life. From the generous donors that helped make the surgery possible, to Tammy who has made the 3 hour round trip drive to WSU several times now. Yoshi would very much like to thank Ken and Derek as well, her wonderful fosters, who have cared for her now for many months. They have done all the physical therapy, cleaning and bandage changing she needed to heal properly and also drove to WSU to pick her up after the first surgery. What would she have done without you?
Yoshi has come a long way from the crippled kitten she was when she was first rescued, but we still need to raise quite a bit more money for the surgery on her remaining leg. All donations are very much appreciated to help get our sweet Yoshi up and walking!
Just a quick update - Yoshi had her cast removed today and had a "bumper bandage" put on by Dr. Schrag at Hunter Veterinary Clinic in Spokane. The bumper bandage allows Yoshi's leg to be partially exposed, but offers protection for the sharp ends of the pins in her legs. Yoshi is such a good little patient, and never puts up a fuss or complains with all that she's had to put up with in the past week. One week after her surgery, she is recovering well and all looks good!