Pick up a copy of this month’s Catster Magazine (formerly Cat Fancy) to see the beautiful face of our Buddy-Bear. Writer Denise LeBeau captured his touching story. Buddy-Bear is a symbol of the changes brought about by our work in the community.
“Only a few years ago in our city, a disabled cat like Buddy, one that couldn’t walk, would automatically have been put down,” said Karen Little, executive director of Alley Cat Advocates. Today, in 2016, that kind of automatic thinking no longer happens.
Read Buddy’s story below. And, pick up this month’s issue of Catster Magazine!
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A long-haired charcoal feline with a thick mane and bright eyes was brought to a Louisville animal shelter in early February, dragging his back legs, unable to stand or use a litter box. No one knew how he was injured and if he had any hope of ever walking again. In many cases like this, if the injury is the result of a broken pelvis, the cat can usually be healed with two months of cage rest.
Sadly, an x-ray revealed that Buddy-Bear’s injury was not a broken pelvis but a bullet lodged in his spinal cord. The damage was unfortunately permanent
“Only a few years ago in our city, a disabled cat like this, one that couldn’t walk, would automatically have been put down by shelter workers,” said Karen Little, executive director of Alley Cat Advocates. Today, in 2016, that kind of automatic thinking no longer happens.
Euthanasia would have likely been Buddy-Bear’s fate in the past, if not for the perseverance of Little and the work of Alley Cat Advocate volunteers to change the culture of how community cats are viewed in Louisville.
Alley Cat Advocates is changing the culture, one cat at a time!
“All cats, no matter whether they are owned cats or community cats, deserve the same level of care,” said Little, meaning that Buddy-Bear deserved a chance at a normal, happy life, just as any other cat.
Buddy-Bear is currently being fostered by Alley Cat Advocates volunteers, along with other community cats that need special medical care.
Buddy-Bear attended a recent community update meeting and was delighted to slide around the table, seeking attention and nuzzling arms and hands that reached out for him.