Abandoned kitten to lose leg
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.
Oscar and three siblings were abandoned and taken to the SPCA.