This week I’d like to tell you about Daisy. She arrived at the shelter as a tiny three week old kitten during last year’s kitten season.
She arrived with her sick mother and two other litter mates. Daisy was the most poorly of them all. They had been suffering from awful cat flu and a viral infection. The mammy responded to treatment very quickly and was able to return to the shelter. The three kittens spent over a month with our wonderful vets at Hawkfield Veterinary Clinic as they battled to keep all three alive, which they did.
Due to the cat flu that not been treated early by her previous owners, Daisy’s eyes were so badly affected that she needed to have two operations to try to save her eye sight. Once she had recovered she went to a nice caring foster home where she was giving plenty of TLC and lots of time to recover.
Despite her special needs, she thrived there where she loved her cat and doggy pals and was spoilt rotten by the children in the house. A friendly and more affectionate cat you would never meet.
We often help many a special needs animals that deserve a chance just like all the other animals that arrive here. They might of lost a limp or an eye or arrive completely blind or deaf but the fight and will inside them is inspiring which gives us the hope to give them the second chance they deserve. In our eyes all animals large or small have the right to that chance.
Less than a year later Daisy’s eyes continued to give her trouble on and off, and a few days ago the tough decision was made to remove one of the eyes as it was causing too much pain and discomfort. The operation went well and Daisy is in good spirits. We really hope now that the other eye will continue to do well.
It’s hoped that in the next few weeks Daisy will be ready to look for a forever home. She will need to be an inside cat only as it would be too dangerous for her to venture outside on her own. A nice family home where she will have the company of a cat(s). She gets on great with dogs and adores cuddles from her humans.
If you can offer the lovely Daisy a home or think you can give a forever home to one of our other special needs dogs or cats then please get in touch or visit the shelter.
Dan Donoher of Kildare Animal Foundation writes the weekly Pet Rescue column in the Leinster Leader