JUST ANOTHER STRAY CAT - you say?
He was not desexed, was not wearing a collar, flea ridden, and on scanning we found no microchip.
BUT HE DID NOT DESERVE to be left in the middle of the road, sitting there waiting to die.
Luckily in this case, someone drove past and offered help - he was obviously alive and sitting up, but with blood coming from his mouth. Ruth rushed him to who she thought was the owner, and after a few negative IDs, brought him straight down to us this morning.
On arrival, Lucky wasn't able to stand, he was in shock and trying to have seizures, on further examination he had a broken jaw, with extensive swelling to the right side of his face.
A concoction of pain relief and antibiotics were started, and after stabilizing him on intravenous fluids therapy, his jaw was wired and we are now waiting to see if he makes the night - there is every likelihood that he has severe head (and therefore brain) injury, but he's looked at me a few times and has stopped attempting to seizure.
We all have our opinions about stray cats - trust me, WE DO TOO. There are too many of them - and now Lucky is also castrated. BUT YOU CAN'T just leave an animal behind if you know it's been hit by car.
North East Vet Clinic is hoping to run a crowd funding campaign, to raise funds for Lucky's ongoing treatment (his medical upkeep from now onwards), which will go towards North East Animal Sanctuary Tasmania- if he survives the night. If you are interested in helping out, please message us directly.
We will give you an update in the morning, and if he is suitable for re-homing, we will then try and find him a good home.