Injured Stray Cat Fund
In memory of Popeye, may his tragic story do some good and help other injured, unowned strays!
As part of our TNR program we have set up an Injured Stray Cat Fund.
There are very few laws that give cats any legal protection. Councils and local authorities have no legal responsibility to deal with stray cats. While dog wardens have an obligation to take in stray dogs, this law does not apply to cats.
There are a lot of strays out there with injuries that will not be covered by the Neutering Scheme.
Who pays for the strays?
It’s a given that an unneutered male stray hanging around the neighbourhood will fight and end up with nasty injuries.
Who will help him? Who will take him to the vet? Who will pay his large vet bill?
Who is responsible for the stray?
“No, he’s not mine, I’ve just been feeding him for the past 6 years!”
Sad but true!
Chances are, that many people in the neighbourhood feed that stray. He probably goes by many names and can be found in someone’s garden at the same time every day. Some people might actually be quite fond of the feline scrapper.
The system doesn’t make it easy for people to help stray cats BUT why can’t the Neighbourhood come together and help their strays or as I like to call them – their Community Cats!
If you have an unneutered stray (friendly or otherwise) that has been hanging around for a while and no owner has come forward, why not find out who else has been feeding him or her and have a whip around to pay for the cat to be neutered. It may be a fiver each!
It would be a lot better for a male cat who would no longer have to prove himself on the battlefield. No more nasty injuries – to him or his rivals, no more yowling at night and no more pungent spraying against people’s doors and windows.
If the cat is female, no more litter, after litter, after litter!
There are many strays, both male and female, neutered or not, found with nasty abscesses and other quite horrific wounds.
Who pays for the strays? Who is responsible for the strays?
It would be very reassuring for those kind souls trying to help these poor unfortunate cats, to know that there is an Injured Stray Cat Fund available to help pay the vet bills of these unowned cats.
It’s not pleasant seeing a poor homeless cat with nasty injuries.
Please support our Injured Stray Cat Fund – these cats live among us in our Communities but are owned by no one.
This fund will help pay for any veterinary treatment these cats may need.
A few of the typical injuries seen in stray cats.
The elusive Popeye (aka Nelson, The Godfather or Mark) would have had his badly infected eye removed, had he not tested positive for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and had the vet not believed the swelling around his eye was cancerous.
What happened to Popeye was tragic and it didn’t need to happen!
Little semi-feral Maisie had to have her front leg amputated because it had been badly broken in several places and had healed badly. Her operation cost nearly £800 which is a LOT OF MONEY for a little Rescue to find. There was no question of her not having the operation, as it was a “quality of life” issue.
Buddy was an unneutered stray found with a very nasty abscess wound on his neck – most likely caused by a cat bite. He was trapped and taken to the vet where he was neutered and the damaged skin around the wound was removed and the wound cleaned. He was given antibiotics and painkillers.