COMMON ENOUGH AS IT IS, the story of this abandoned, homeless, sick and near death young feline, is one of the most heart-rending stories I’ve seen in years of animal related work involvement. It so easily encapsulates the madness of our society, the unnecessary suffering that takes place routinely right under our noses because our social resources are constantly wasted and our mental focus distracted away on the toxic crap created by a stunningly corrupt and often criminal system.
This poor guy reminds me so much of my own tuxedo baby, animalito, a long-hair version actually. His fixed stare worries me; it might indicate brain damage, or it may just be a general state of near cachexia, with little in the way of proper hydration, nourishment, etc. I hope it’s the latter and not something permanent or fatal. (Filed Jan. 23, 2011)
The YouTube post is eloquent:
UPDATE! This just in. Jan. 24, 2011
Just got through (noon, NYC time) to the vet’s office where he’s being treated. Today’s he’s doing much better and apparently improving fast. They’re running the usual tests, and were concerned that he could have a neurological disorder, but now they think the strange stare could be attributed to a very advanced ear mite infestation (which of course they’re treating, too), general undernourishment, dehydration, and so on due to prolonged homelessness. The vet is near the border of Illinois and Iowa. They think he’s about 2 y/o, a young feline.
If anyone can help, please do. The people at the vet’s told me they know this lady and her group, and they’re solid. They mostly work with canines, but when a creature in need comes knocking at their door, they won’t turn it away.
The vet hospital is the Hancock Vet Clinic at 217-847-3911. They’re located in Hamilton (hence our hero’s temporary name), Illinois, right on the border with Iowa. It’s a pretty small community of about 3500 souls.
NOTE: The animal defense group caring for this animal is small and grossly underfunded, as usual, so a small drive has been organized to defray the medical bills connected with “Hamilton”‘s treatment. If you can contribute a few dollars, please do so. You‘ll feel like a million.
UPDATE #2 (Jan. 25, 2011)
We have just received this video, showing Hamilton doing much better. The need to pay his bills and find a home remains, however. Here he is:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6h-dE0txGo[/youtube]
UPDATE #3 (JAN. 31, 2011)
I am asking for one more favor that will not cost you a single penny. Anissa has been trying to win a Grant from Pepsi Refresh Project to purchase a new transport Van for her rescue. For 4 month she has been diligently soliciting votes and finally this month she made it to the top 10 and stayed there. She needs to hold to her position for the rest of the day today and she will be awarded the $25K grant. Can you please vote for her Rescue. Just hit the link below and vote for West Hancock Canine Rescue.