A cat from the west coast that suffered a terrible act of abuse needs help making it to P.E.I. for further treatment.
Sona was rescued by the Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (SCAPA) in Stephenville after the cat was shot in the face with pellets. The cat has been under the care of Dr. Beth Marshall at the Avalon Animal Hospital in St. John’s since July, but multiple surgeries to fix a leaking eye socket have been unsuccessful.
Earlier in September a surgeon visiting from the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) in P.E.I. examined Sona and determined that a CT scan was necessary. It’s thought that pellets still in Sona’s skull need to be removed for further healing to take place.
A CT scan is not available in this province but is available at AVC.
Flying the cat to P.E.I. for possible surgery will be costly, with the medical expenses and airfare costing $5,000.
SCAPA’s president Gwen Samms is hopeful the funds will be raised through the generosity of those who have heard Sona’s story and want to help in her recovery.
“This cat is a true survivor,” Samms said. “Despite the horrific abuse she has endured at the hands of humans, she hasn’t given up. She lost her babies, she lost an eye, and down the road she’ll lose a leg when what’s left of it is amputated. But she’s a fighter. She wants to live. And she certainly deserves that chance.”
An AVC FUND has been started to raise the money necessary to get Sona to P.E.I. to receive the treatment she needs. Information on how to contribute can be found on SCAPA’s Facebook Page.