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Impact Stories

OCSP Cat Rescue’s lifesaving work revolves around providing medical care to cats, thus ensuring they are healthy enough for adoption. We are a foster-based rescue focused on saving cats from life-threatening situations—such as injuries or high-kill shelters—and finding new homes for owner-surrendered cats.

When OCSP takes cats in, we fund their medical expenses. This starts with the most basic care, like vaccines, spay/neuter, and microchip. We treat for fleas, worms, upper respiratory infections, etc. But our live saving efforts extend beyond prevention. Here are some of the cats who’ve needed extensive medical care.

Mama Cat

OCSP is dedicated to helping the cats in our community. In January 2022, we took in a community cat—a beautiful orange tabby we named Mama Cat. Disaster struck when Mama Cat was attacked by an unleashed dog. The dog threw her against a garage door and tore her left hind leg from its socket. Luckily, our officers were able to take her to the vet immediately. Mama Cat needed her leg amputated, and her life needed to change because being a community cat was no longer sustainable.

One of our amazing officers fostered Mama Cat during her recovery. At first, Mama Cat was sleepy, which is common after a major medical procedure. Our foster ensured she was comfortable and took her medicine. However, after a few days, Mama Cat wasn't eating normally. Our vet prescribed her some appetite stimulants. That way she could keep up her strength. 

Mama Cat enjoyed tuna water. The appetite stimulants didn’t help her eat as much as we’d hoped, which meant a return to the vet to fix her decreased appetite. She had a successful visit! After some new medication, Mama Cat was eating “like gangbusters” according to her foster.

The she had an unfortunate setback. When Mama Cat went to get her stitches taken out, our vet discovered Mama Cat developed an infection within the tissue where the incision was made. This meant another surgery to remove the necrotic tissue. She came out like a trooper. Mama Cat was back wearing the cone of shame, she’s on pain medication and antibiotics. Our foster was so dedicated in her care.

Mama Cat took her antibiotics, she ate and drank like a champion, and she learned to use the litterbox again. Once the cone came off for good, she was ecstatic. Her energy increased and she learned to walk with three legs. Along the way, her fosters helped her with physical therapy, stretching her legs and getting her used to her new lifestyle. After several months of vet visits, multiple surgeries, physical therapy, and a lot of love, Mama Cat was ready for adoption. She is happy in her forever home.

Rescue efforts like this are in thanks to grants from Petco Love and generous donations from the public.

Tyler

Story coming soon!

Here are the before and after pictures.

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