Fat Cat Rescue of northeastern Illinois has taken in a cat that was dumped in the streets, and then got hit by a car. Ci, as he is called, was taken to the Fox Lake Animal Clinic for an examination and treatment. It turns out that his femur was broken entirely in two, requiring a pin to be inserted into his leg to support the bone.
So far, he is recovering well. Fat Cat Rescue has him in an enlarged cage so that he can lie comfortable despite the cast on his leg. He’s under close supervision, and is believed to be in no pain at the moment. The rescue reports that he’s using his litter box “like a pro,” and walks around on three legs with his broken leg sticking out behind him due to the cast. He also seeks attention; he’ll actually pull his caretaker’s hands toward him with his front paws if he wants more scratches.
Fat Cat Rescue does much more than rescue and care for injured cats like Ci. Officially started in 2012, but working in a less official capacity for years, Fat Cat Rescue works with local trap-neuter-return groups to help stop the growth of the feral cat populations in Waukegan and North Chicago. They also work to get adoptable cats into loving homes, and have a network of foster homes for adoptable cats and feral kittens.
While they call themselves Fat Cat Rescue, they have taken in other animals as well, such as dogs and even birds, though their primary focus is on the cats, and their main goal is to ensure the health of both the cats they take in and the cats in the feral populations that can’t be socialized. In fact, the work they do in socializing feral kittens so they can be adopted also contributes to the health and reduction of the feral populations.
The name “Fat Cat Rescue” comes from their ultimate goal of turning strays who haven’t known love for a long time, or possibly ever, into “fat cats,” which means they are healthy, happy and loving, but not “fat” in terms of their size.
They do ask for a $50 donation at the time of adoption, for anybody who adopts a cat. The donation is tax deductible, and it goes towards caring for another cat that comes through their doors, including initial vet care. If you’d like, you can request that your donation go to a specific animal, or that a new arrival be named for a deceased pet.
There is no actual adoption fee, however, as Fat Cat Rescue is in the business of finding and placing pets in loving homes, not selling them.
Little Ci’s leg surgery cost $1400, and he will need continuing care during the healing process. Fat Cat Rescue’s other cats like to walk by and give Ci some well-wishes of their own, as do those who work with the rescue. He is doing well; eating and drinking, though there are times when he is hand-fed because he’s feeling lethargic.
If you would like to help Fat Cat Rescue with Ci’s bills, you can donate here: http://fatcatrescue.chipin.com/cis-broken-femur-and-hip
If you would like to make a general donation, visit http://fatcatrescue.chipin.com/fat-cat-rescue.
To donate money to their efforts for building shelters for the feral cat populations in northeastern Illinois, go to http://fatcatrescue.chipin.com/fat-cat-feral-homes-rebuild-2012.