$750 needed to help young cat with gunshot wound
In May, a young adult, female tortoiseshell cat was brought to DCHS as a stray. She had signs of possible trauma to her left eye and hair loss on the back of her neck and face. It was clear she had been through something traumatic, but we would soon find out the type of trauma this cat experienced and just how tough and resilient she truly was.
Despite her injuries, she was in good spirits, was inquisitive and very friendly--all good signs! Shelter staff named her Neda (pronounced "Ned-ah" after popular NPR radio host, Neda Ulaby).
A shelter veterinarian took radiographs of her head and found that she had buckshot material scattered throughout the left side of her face and a broken jaw, most likely the result of a previous gunshot wound.
Dr. Chad Lothamer of UW Veterinary Care Oral Surgery and Dentistry Service applied a special acrylic material to Neda's upper and lower canine teeth to temporarily hold her jaw in a fixed position.
"It's kind of like a cast for the mouth," says Dr. Becky Stuntebeck, DVM, DCHS Shelter Veterinarian. The fixation needs to stay in place for four weeks for the jaw to heal correctly. "This fixation will give Neda's broken jaw the best chance for healing so that she won't experience pain while eating or meowing in the future," says Stuntebeck
Neda spent her recovery time with her foster family receiving lots of TLC.
"Neda continues to impress me daily with her tremendous spirit. You have to remember someone shot this cat and yet she still loves humans, loves to play, is fearless and shows an incredible will to survive. She's hung in there through weeks of eye drops for her injured eye, rebounded after surgery to place her "fangs" and put up with 10 days of tube feeding. She learned to feed herself through her fangs, tolerates her every other day baths and mouth rinses and never let her situation get her down. She continues to indulge her inquisitive nature climbing window screens, playing with her foster canine brothers & sisters and chasing moths that slip into the house. She deserves to live a pain-free life."
-Beth, Neda's Foster Mom
Neda's jaw has since healed nicely and shelter veterinarians and the UW specialists feel it is time to remove the fixation on Neda's teeth. Because her mouth can't be opened, placing a breathing tube that will provide her with anesthetic gas and oxygen during the removal of the acrylic will be difficult. The anesthesia specialists at UW Veterinary Care are well equipped to handle this challenge. Once she is asleep the veterinary dentists will slowly and carefully remove the acrylic from her teeth in order to allow her to move her jaw again. This special surgical procedure will cost the humane society $750.
We're very thankful for the support and assistance of the UW Veterinary Care Oral Surgery and Dentistry Service for offering to perform this specialized surgery at a discounted rate.
Please help DCHS raise $750 for this deserving cat to receive the medical care she needs!
CLICK HERE to make your online contribution:
Select "Help Me Heal" and please type "Neda" in the comment section at the bottom of the page.
You can also mail or drop off your donation at Dane County Humane Society's main shelter (5132 Voges Road, Madison WI 53718), with "Neda" in the subject line.