Rescuing cats is a state of mind for the volunteers of NBCR. While we focus on rescuing cats from the local shelter, sometimes the situation in which we find a cat is so dire, they are rescued before they ever get to the shelter. Two such kitties, Raven and Satchmo, were in desperate need of help.
Raven was nearly blind in one eye and needed immediate attention. After several months of medication her eye became in danger of rupturing and our dedicated veterinarian had to remove the injured eye. Thankfully, Raven is doing well.
Satchmo/Moses/Mo/The Old Man was hanging around a house where a lady was trapping neighborhood strays for spay/neuter. She'd never seen him before and was actually afraid of him because he looked so strange and scary. That set the wheels in motion to make sure New Beginnings rescued him. The next time Satchmo showed up he was easily bribed into being gently loaded in a carrier by our volunteer - no need for a trap with the power of salmon! He never hissed, growled or made a fuss. The next day he was taken to the vet for a physical exam and neutering/vaccinations. Upon closer inspection of his ears which appeared to be cut off, it was obvious they weren't cut off but instead scarred and his ear flaps (pinna) were mostly lost due to years of cat fights, but most damage was likely self-mutilation due to the horrendous load of ear mites and infection. He has what is referred to as 'cauliflower ear' and ear hematomas. He has huge, discolored cheeks that the vet said is all scar tissue. His teeth are yellowed and many are chipped and missing. From neck to tail he was one gigantic hair mat. The vet estimated his age at 10+ years. He's had quite a rough life and it is unbelievable that he has such a sweet spirit given his past. Today this old man is as sweet as sugar and cannot get enough petting. He will allow his foster to handle him in any way and rarely stops purring. When he sleeps he clings to his foster's side if he's not on top of her legs snoozing. We're not sure if he's adoptable based on appearance but one thing is for sure - his days on the outside are over and he's safe and sound from the dangers of life on the streets.
Roscoe is a 3 year old cat rescued from the local animal shelter. He had several punctures and scratches on his front legs thanks to being an unneutered tomcat. He is a sweet boy but needed time to heal, time that they don't have at a city shelter. On physical exam a mild heart murmur was noted, a little unusual on a relatively young cat. Because of the murmur he was tested for heartworms and that test came back positive, as well as positive for FIV. FIV is not a big deal as most FIV+ cats live to be 15-18 years old and pass away from the same things non-FIV cats pass away from. He is currently being treated for heartworms and will be retested in about a month.
Thank you for supporting New Beginnings Cat Rescue.