In­jured kit­ten res­cued

Bro­ken tail am­pu­tated af­ter an­i­mal dumped on doorstep

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

An in­jured kit­ten was re­cently found un­der a Car­bon­ear woman’s doorstep with a bro­ken tail. For­tu­nately, peo­ple were able to come to­gether to help the small fe­line crea­ture, but with so many an­i­mals aban­doned on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, sto­ries such as this don’t al­ways have the same end­ing.

What started as a sad tale turned into a happy one af­ter lo­cals from Trin­ity Con­cep­tion banded to­gether to raise money for an in­jured kit­ten’s surgery.

Ju­lia Par­sons of Car­bon­ear awoke at 5:30 a.m. on Thurs­day, Oct. 8, to the scream­ing sounds of a young kit­ten out­side her house. She went out­side with a flash­light, and tracked down the crea­ture mak­ing the sound un­der her doorstep.

While wait­ing to res­cue the tiny ball of fluff, who is be­lieved to be 10-weeks-old, the scream­ing and whim­per­ing stopped.

Wit­nessed

“I thought it had died un­der the doorstep,” Par­sons told The Com­pass last week.

The kit­ten was alive, but sus­tained a se­vere tail in­jury. Par­sons had no idea who dropped off the kit­ten, now named Tai­lor. She was dis­ap­pointed it was just thrown out like trash.

“My neigh­bour saw a grey or light-coloured car driv­ing down the road around the same time the kit­ten had been dropped off,” she noted. “They could have at least knocked on the door.”

The neigh­bour also saw the three oc­cu­pants of the ve­hi­cle, whom Par­sons said were laugh­ing while she was search­ing for the kit­ten.

She was fear­ful at first, be­cause there was a lot of blood com­ing from the tail. But af­ter a few days, the bleed­ing stopped.

Par­sons owns nu­mer­ous an­i­mals and has fos­tered many in the past. As a child she would bring home all kinds of wild an­i­mals to save them, in­clud­ing seag­ulls and crows. Many peo­ple look to her for ad­vice if they have an­i­mals they no longer want or if they find aban­doned cats or dogs.

Tai­lor gen­er­ally ap­peared to be OK, but her tail was bro­ken. A bro­ken tail can cause prob­lems for a cat’s spine, bowel and blad­der. Some­times the in­juries can heal them­selves, but Tai­lor’s was ex­ces­sive.

Par­sons im­me­di­ately posted to Face­book. The cost of surgery was go­ing to be $500.

“I would have paid for it my­self, but all th­ese peo­ple of­fered to help,” she said.

Af­ter an on­line auc­tion and do­na­tions, the surgery was paid in full and there is some money left over to use for other an­i­mals.

Last Thurs­day, Tai­lor’s tail was am­pu­tated at the Bac­calieu Trail An­i­mal Hospi­tal in Bay Roberts. She was still learn­ing to bal­ance with­out it as of Fri­day.

In­jury and aban­don­ment

It was de­ter­mined her tail was either pulled or squat in a door. It is not known if that is why she was dropped off.

This is not the first an­i­mal that had been dropped off to Par­sons’ home. In fact, she has come home to find dogs tied to her shed and even a cat she did not own in­side her home.

“There’s just no room in the inn,” she said.

Par­sons had been res­cu­ing an­i­mals for about 10 years, but she gave it up for four years when it be­came too de­mand­ing while also try­ing toraise two small chil­dren. She re­cently be­gan help­ing out again.

“I used to get so many calls,” she ex­plained. “I had to change my num­ber three times in one year.”

Since Tai­lor was dropped off there have been se­cu­rity cam­eras in­stalled on Par­sons’ home. She has con­firmed if any­one aban­dons an­i­mals with­out no­ti­fy­ing her, she will have them charged.

It’s not just Par­sons that is bom­barded with phone calls either.

Denise Soo­ley-Critch of Cavendish has formed a friend­ship with Par­sons. The two work to­gether of­ten and speak sev­eral times a day about aban­doned an­i­mals.

“I get at least a phone call a day,” Soo­ley-Critch ex­plained. “And at least a cou­ple of (Face­book) mes­sages a day.”

With Soo­ley-Critch, there are of­ten times she doesn’t see an an­i­mal if it’s dropped on her doorstep.

She has large dogs that of­ten scare away kit­tens if they’re dropped off. Just last week a kit­ten was found not far from her home, and she be­lieves there were more.

It’s not a cheap process either. The an­i­mals that are found or aban­doned need food, shel­ter and other es­sen­tials. Par­sons, Soo­ley-Critch and the lo­cal SPCA pro­vide all the ne­ces­si­ties when some­one fos­ters a cat.

So­lu­tions

The num­ber of feral and semi-feral cats and aban­doned do­mes­tic ones has grown ex­po­nen­tially, ac­cord­ing to Soo­leyCritch. She be­lieves there is a rea­son for this.

“I be­lieve it has got­ten so bad be­cause of the ‘ no kill’ groups,” she said. “We’re liv­ing in the real world. We need eu­thana­sia.”

There is a stigma around eu­th­a­niz­ing an an­i­mal, but both Par­sons and Soo­ley-Critch be­lieve some­times it’s the only way. Ill­ness and in­jury is of­ten the rea­son.

In fact, Tai­lor was al­most eu­th­a­nized. But the sup­port of the com­mu­nity is what helped save her.

Par­sons’ Face­book post was shared far and wide, and peo­ple were reach­ing out from all over with do­na­tions for the on­line auc­tion. But that doesn’t seem to be the case when there are other an­i­mals that need homes, Par­sons said.

Par­sons and Soo­ley-Critch hope more peo­ple will fos­ter an­i­mals, es­pe­cially cats. There are plans for an SPCA shel­ter for the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion area, but un­til then, there will be more homes needed. The SPCA also take do­na­tions of food, lit­ter and old blan­kets.

As for Tai­lor, she has been adopted to a lov­ing home with other an­i­mals, and Par­sons couldn’t be hap­pier the com­mu­nity came to­gether to save her.

“I be­lieve it has got­ten so bad be­cause of the ‘no kill’ groups. We’re liv­ing in the real world. We need eu­thana­sia.”

Denise Soo­ley-Critch

PHOTO BY MELISSA JENK­INS/THE COM­PASS

Tai­lor is a kit­ten that was dropped off at a home in Car­bon­ear with a bro­ken tail that was later am­pu­tated. She was res­cued and has since been adopted.

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