This week I’d like you to meet two very special cats, Jack and Reilly. These two handsome boys are looking for very special homes of their own.
Jack arrived at the shelter many months ago. He was a semi feral cat who visited a local woman’s garden every evening for a much needed meal.
She built his trust up over a number of weeks; each time he visited he would get closer to her. His fear of the mistreatment of humans always stopped him from letting this kind lady stroke him but the bond was there. One evening, poor Jack turned up as usual but this time he was injured. As he was an unneutered male living wild he had gotten himself into a huge fight with another male cat, most likely fighting over an on heat female. Poor Jack came out of the fight very badly and suffered a prolapsed eye. The lady called us for assistance and we arranged for her to drop Jack off at the vets. Sadly the damage to the eye was irverable and it needed to be removed. Jack recovered well from the op. After a few weeks of encouragement Jack started to calm down and became very friendly. Jack is good with other cats and great with people. He really is an adorable and happy laid back cat now.
Reilly arrived at shelter after he was found by the side of the road; most likely he had been knocked down by a car. He wasn’t able to stand correctly and was in a distressed state. He was brought straight to the vets to be treated.
Thankfully he soon started to use his back legs but his tail and bladder were damaged in the accident. His tail needed to be amputated as it was badly broken and had suffered irreversible nerve damage. His bladder was not functioning correctly and he was unable to go toilet by himself and the vets needed to empty the bladder a few times a day.
After a week or so he started to regain control of his bladder and use the litter tray. Reilly also has a slightly smaller right eye which was caused when he was younger, he must have suffered from bad cat flu.
Reilly is one of the friendliest cats I have been honoured to meet. He has so much love to give and any suitable family would be blessed to have him in their family. Reilly will need an indoor home only.
Jack & Reilly are neutered, fully vaccinated, de-wormed, de-flead and litter box trained. If you would like to know any info on these super and brave cats then please contact us at www.animalfoundation.ie.
Dan Donoher of Kildare Animal Foundation writes the weekly ‘Pet Rescue’ column in the Leinster Leader