Although there are many special needs stray animals around the world, sometimes one will tug at your heartstrings and you will do anything to help. That is exactly how an animal rescue in Turkey felt when learning about a cat that suffered a several facial trauma as a result of being attacked by kids. He’Art of Rescue received an emergency email about the cat found in critical condition from students who were just about to leave the city. The email read:
“I don’t think anyone would be able to help him…We saw the children hit him by a rock on the face…He is not able to eat solid food…We could not think of any solution as we were scared that the vet would suggest euthanasia, I don’t even know if he stands a chance or not but we are students and we cannot afford the expenses of such a needy animal!’’
Intrigued by these words the rescue suggested she send photos so that they could show them to their vet. What they saw was shocking – the cat’s face was severely distorted. The rescue could not turn a blind eye and rescued the cat, taking him to their veterinarian. They named him “Beau” as a tribute to his inner beauty.
A primary assessment of his condition was that it was probably squamous cell carcinoma, a type of cancer that is monstrous in nature, eating the soft tissues aggressively and without much hope of healing. However, just as a biopsy was planned, the doctor came out of the consultation room and said his condition was not cancer, it was due to a physical trauma and maybe it could be fixed to provide him a more or less normal life. Since then his condition was shared with many doctors, a mini surgery has been performed and the results are promising. There is still a long way to go before Beau will be ready to go to a home. Check out photos of Beau before and after the surgery in the slide show link and watch a video of his daily post-op care in the video link below.
He’Art of Rescue is located in Istanbul, Turkey. They are an independent initiative started for animals in critical conditions. They were formed at the end of 2011 when they repeatedly encountered stray animals in horrible conditions. The need for building a website and a blog to reach people who could be supportive took them to a point where they are happy to see that they are not all alone but helped by few but generous and passionate friends worldwide. They chose to make handicapped and congenitally sick animals their priority, mostly because Turkey has a long way to go to reach an acknowledgement that animals are “beings” too. Having records of thousands of healthy pets dumped per year, animals like these with special needs do not stand an easy chance of being adopted. Recently, their organization took another turn growing in collaboration with the reputable Turkish charity HaySev. The two organizations have completely merged in workload, teams and cases. This fusion benefits two parties but more than that it benefits the animals; HaySev leading the way in the local ground and He’Art of Rescue acting as a pioneer for a global extension.
Like many animal rescues, He’Art of Rescue is always operating on an extremely tight budget and relies on donations. Take a look at their Facebook page to see other cases they have taken on and to keep up to date on their work. If you want to help them with future animal care, please donate via paypal using the email address: email@example.com.
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