Last month we told you about Edgar, a cat who needed surgery for something we don’t see very often in cats. He had a luxating patella. It’s also known as a floating kneecap.
Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Medical Manager Justin Pool says, “We’ve all heard the term trick knee. With dogs, particularly smaller breed dogs, it’s pretty common. We’ve had dozens of surgeries to repair luxating patellas for dogs before they were adopted and went on to live normal lives in their forever homes.”
How rare is this kind of surgery for cats? Justin says, “As far as we can tell, this is the first time in the 58 year history of RCHS that one of our cats has had this surgery.”
So, how did it go?
“It went great! RCHS supporters responded with donations to help pay for Edgar’s surgery. We could tell right away that he was feeling better. He still has a slight limp that we’re monitoring, but the surgery was a complete success.”
Have there been other changes in Edgar?
“He’s always been a great cat. That was part of the reason why we had him transferred here from another shelter through our FOCAS program. I’ve heard volunteers and care providers in the Cattery talking about how much sweeter he is now that he’s not in pain. One of them said that he has a loving purr-sonality.”
Did you receive enough money to pay for the surgery?
“He’s available for adoption right now. We’re adding up the bills and his treatment is continuing. We’re pretty close. We’re hoping for enough donations to cover the cost. If there’s anything left, donations made to the Medical Fund can be used to help other pets. For example, we recently received a dog from outside the area who needs to be treated for heart worm. We received cats and dogs who still need to be spayed or neutered. And there are several pets who need dental procedures. That’s one thing about our veterinary medical program. There’s always a need. The donations to our Medical Fund are saving lives and creating futures.”
Thanks to you and your generosity, Edgar is one step away from his forever home…pain free.
For more information or to make a donation visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.
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