Age: 10 years old
Breed: Ginger Tabby Cat
Sanctuary: Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary
Location: North Carolina, USA
Imagine this: you have no home or family, you’re hungry and begging for food. When you ask for help, people throw things at you. You have to try and stay out of harm’s way even though you have nowhere safe to go. You’re at the mercy of the weather. And you’re blind. One day, some people, for no reason other than cruelty, shoot bird-shot at you at close range.
That was the life Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary (BCR) resident Fester (aka: “Uncle Fester” named after the Addam’s Family, Big smile) endured before coming to BCR in August of 2018. As an adult cat it’s hard to imagine the fear and suffering he endured during his life.
When he came to BCR, he had many wounds and a broken leg that had healed incorrectly. It’s most likely that Uncle Fester lost his sight due to an untreated upper respiratory infection. When we took Fester to the vet for his first thorough medical exam, his X-ray revealed the extent of the close-range bird-shot that hit him. The pellets visible are still visible under his skin. Although they don’t cause him pain, they are there as a reminder of his past.
However, Uncle Fester’s story has a very happy ending. Today, he lives a safe, healthy life full of love and attention. He’s been has neutered and his eyes taken care of. Despite his horrible life on the street and the abuse he suffered, he is now in a place where he will never be abused, afraid or hungry again. He is – in spite of all he’s endured – a very loving cat who still loves and can trust people.