WARNING GRAPHIC PICTURES BELOW!!!
I'm sorry I've been missing in action this week, but I've been on an important rescue mission. We used to care for a feral cat named Buddy. Even though he lived outside and never let us get too close, we considered him a member of our family. We built him a house in our yard and made sure he was well fed. But a few years ago, he disappeared. My mom searched for him, but never found him.
Well, last Saturday morning we went out the backdoor and guess who was sitting there waiting for breakfast - BUDDY!! We were SO HAPPY to see him, but we quickly realized something was wrong.
As you can see, he has a large wound on the side of his neck. We assume he was attacked by a raccoon, dog, or coyote (yes, we have them in the city). From what we can tell, it doesn't look like a fresh wound, but must be very painful. Unfortunately, he doesn't let us get very close to him so we are not sure what we are dealing with ...
To make the long story short, we have spent the last week trying to coordinate a rescue mission for Buddy. We have an appointment at Treehouse Animal Foundation this coming Thursday. If we can trap him, they will treat his injury and assess whether he can be released again. Treehouse was one of the first cageless cat shelters in the country and now has two locations in Chicago.
We tried to trap Buddy years ago and never had much luck. Please keep your paws crossed that we can catch him and get him the help he desperately needs. Buddy has been gone for at least 2 years and we have to believe that he returned for a reason ...
Oh, and tomorrow is my Gotcha Day! I have been with my family for 10 years! You can read more about my rescue here. Please help me celebrate by sending your very best vibes, prayers, good wishes to poor Buddy.