So, I called her back. She lives in sleazeville, a shoddy group of apartments known for tenants who don't treat animals well and often leave them behind when they move.
I've helped her before. She tries hard to help the left behinds, sick and injured, on a very small pension.
She said she'd been feeding a stray, left behind by tenants, but now he was very very ill, with a swollen face and she didn't even know if he would live. She'd taken him inside, into her bathroom. She tried to find somewhere to have him euthanized for nothing, but couldn't. She said she thought she'd have to find a way to put him out of his misery herself. She'd already called she said about twenty rescues and shelters trying to find help for him. So she called me. I went and got him.
But first I reached out to any shelter who might be able to take him. Heartland said they would, bless them. But so did a Portland rescue/shelter, CATS, and there, he'd be taken first to a vet. So I chose that place, since he is so sick (or injured) loaded a carrier in the car and went and picked up the cat.
It was not a six month old, as she had claimed. She can't tell cat age well. It's an adult male, maybe 2 to 3 years old and yes, he's in sad shape. His left eye is swollen shut and the side of his face puffed out like half a baseball. It was bloody and icky. He had back of ear scratch wounds, like he must have severe ear mites, too. I just headed straight up to Portland with him, to their vet clinic, and he's there now. Bless CATS for helping him.
The Happy Cat Club gave a $20 donation on his bill. Plus the gas up and back. This was a $45 needed assist, to a kitty who got in trouble, because he was left behind and never neutered. Let's hope he makes it.
|Very ill male Dandy, just before he went to the vet.|