Aban­doned kit­ten to lose leg

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - KATH BROWN

Some­body aban­doned Os­car and his three si­b­lings.

They just left them to run wild or die. Un­for­tu­nately for Os­car, run­ning wild is more dif­fi­cult than for most be­cause he was born with a de­formed leg. And he’s just a kit­ten..

‘‘The lit­tle fam­ily was was found by a Topec staff mem­ber who looked af­ter the kit­tens for a few days un­til we had room to take them into the SPCA,’’ said spokes­woman Jackie PolesSmith. ’’The other kit­tens have been adopted. They were all very sweet, a lit­tle shy at first as they prob­a­bly hadn’t re­ceived very much love and at­ten­tion be­fore be­ing aban­doned.’’ Sadly, this was not the first lit­ter of kit­tens res­cued by the staff at the out­door recre­ation cen­tre about 10km from New Ply­mouth.

Every time a cat or kit­ten is taken to the SPCA, staff give them a full as­sess­ment and if nec­es­sary a vet will also make an as­sess­ment, which is what hap­pened to lit­tle Os­car. The vet found Os­car was in good con­di­tion apart from his leg.

That was the good news. The bad news was that Os­car will have to have his leg am­pu­tated when he is big­ger, be­cause it will prob­a­bly cause him prob­lems in the fu­ture. So while his si­b­lings were adopted, Os­car was put into foster care.

‘‘Cats cope ex­tremely well when they only have three legs,’’ said Poles-Smith. ’’The am­pu­ta­tion will be done in the next four to six weeks and Os­car will re­main in foster care dur­ing his re­cov­ery and then will be avail­able for adop­tion.’’

Tak­ing care of kit­tens like sweet wee Os­car is not cheap and the SPCA needs to fund raise to meet those costs. One pop­u­lar way is the an­nual cal­en­dar com­pe­ti­tion. ’’Every year we re­ceive fab­u­lous photo en­tries of peo­ple’s loved pets. Every photo en­tered to the cal­en­dar will be pub­lished and every en­trant also re­ceives a free copy of the cal­en­dar. En­try cost is only $25 and en­try forms are avail­able at the SPCA or at www.northtaranakispca.org.nz

‘‘This year we have fab­u­lous prizes, which have been do­nated by Pu­rina. The photo that is selected to be on the front cover will win a year’s sup­ply of Pu­rina Pet Food to the value of al­most $900 and those cho­sen as the main photo on each month will re­ceive two free bags of Pu­rina dog or cat food.The com­pe­ti­tion is open un­til Au­gust 31,’’ said Poles-Smith.

Cal­en­dars will be avail­able for sale to the public.

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Os­car and three si­b­lings were aban­doned and taken to the SPCA.

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