A Christmas Cat Named Abby

This Christmas, we have a new HOPE rescue joining the family: Abby the cat.

We received a text message from one of the factory workers who used to care for Babu, before he was taken in by a foster family. The message read, “cat leg injured bite our dog if u want to help her please send some one for her treatment and send some food for the 2 Babu girl dogs”.

This was followed by more text messages:

“cannot walk and don’t want eat”

“3 days to go” (meaning 3 days ago)

“male cat”

“this no my cat just want help”

“my worker keep inside room leg swollen”

The factory workers had found a cat with a wounded leg, and they think that he might have been bitten by the dogs living on the work site. Due to the injury, the cat had not eaten for 3 days, and the workers were worried sick. So they alerted HOPE.

Worker, Balu, waiting for us to come take the cat to the vet

Abby, young, extremely sweet & docile

Very trusting... and we're off to the vet

Despite his stress, he was calm and did not struggle to be freed when the worker carried him, nor did he resist when we put him into the carrier. He didn't even whine during the uncomfortable 40-minute car ride to the vet. Every time his watery eyes met mine, I wished I could chase away his fear. All Abby wanted was to feel safe and secure after his ordeal.

An extremely deep and infected wound 

At the vet, Abby was sedated so that his wound could be treated without causing more pain. Right now, he is being kept under observation in the animal clinic. He will require at least 3 nights of medical boarding to keep him safe while he recovers. He will also be neutered before his release. Being cooped up in an unfamiliar environment with a cone around his neck will be difficult for Abby to bear, but it's necessary.

Warded at the vet

His total medical bill is estimated to be about S$1200, inclusive of wound management, sterilization and ear tip. Please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg if you can chip in to pay in part or even in full for Abby's medical bill. It will be a heartwarming Christmas gesture for Abby and everyone at HOPE.

Abby is urgently looking for a new home. He is slightly over a year old. With his sweet face and calm, gentle nature, Abby is a suitable companion for everyone, including new cat owners. He is undemanding and not at all anxious around people. We hope someone will come forward quickly to bring him home, as he runs the risk of being injured again or even killed if he has to return to the factory. Please write in to hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg if you are able to foster or adopt Abby! It'll truly be the sweetest Christmas miracle if Abby could find a good home before getting discharged from the clinic.

*Abby will be discharged on Tuesday and returned to the factory if he doesn't find a home.