A badly injured kitten dumped on a major road has made a dramatic recovery, thanks to the heart-warming support of concerned cat lovers from across the UK.
The tiny black cat was in bad shape when she was scooped up off the busy A22, with trauma to her face and had a badly smashed hind leg. To have a chance at life, the kitten would require major surgery, including amputation of her leg and extensive dental work.
Intensive medical treatment and specialist aftercare comes at a price, so her cash-strapped rescuers at Cats Protection’s Sutton, Kingston and District Branch launched a public appeal.
The response was overwhelming, with people donating £3,250 in a matter of weeks. It was clear that this cat, named Emba by her rescuers, had struck a nerve with animal lovers.
Stella Fenwick, Co-ordinator at Cats Protection’s Sutton, Kingston and District Branch, said: “Our supporters always come to our aid but their response has been quite amazing. Emba’s vet bill exceeded original expectations so the money nearly covers our costs. We are grateful to everyone who donated sums large and small. Thanks to them, Emba can have a happy life.”
Now six months old, Emba has made a remarkable recovery and is living with a branch fosterer who can help her cope with the trauma and encourage better mobility as a recent amputee.
Emba’s fosterer Elaine said: “The noise from cars scares her still, which is quite understandable, and she isn’t keen on going near windows. But in the last few days she has behaved like a normal kitten, running around and playing with her toys in the early hours. She is growing in confidence and has learned to jump up on furniture and lean against walls for extra support as she runs around on three legs.”
Jessica Watkins, Cats Protection’s Regional Fundraising Manager, said: “This level of care puts a great drain on branch funds. We haven’t been able to fundraise as normal, so we are grateful for our loyal supporters who have come through for Emba. They’ve made a real difference for this poor little mite and enabled the branch to continue caring for cats in Surrey.”
Donations to Emba’s care can still be made at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sutton-catsprotection-emba
To support the ongoing work of Cats Protection’s Sutton Branch, visit: https://www.cats.org.uk/sutton/support-us