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A Plea for Ray

By Joan DiPiero

Ray’s entry to the SPA was filled with drama. Two young women discovered him after he had suffered a traumatic injury to his head, most likely the result of an unfortunate encounter with a speeding car. His one eye was prolapsed (hanging out of the socket), so he was rushed into surgery for its removal. His prognosis was guarded.

After several days, we knew he was going to survive, but the drama continued since we were afraid he would not have vision in his second eye. Unfortunately, this was the case, and now we were faced with a blind cat. We knew a one-eyed cat was an easy adoption since we’ve had success in the past, but would it be possible for a totally blind cat to find a home? Even more important for us was his quality of life. After being on the streets for at least two years with full vision, would he be depressed, frustrated, or perhaps even aggressive once he realized his new reality? We decided to wait and “see,” giving him the optimistic life-affirming name Ray.

After several days of recuperation, he was taken out of his clinic cage and placed on the floor with volunteers sitting nearby, more drama ready to unfold. Ray took a few tentative steps, then proceeded to explore the room, letting his fantastic whiskers guide the way, carefully avoiding cabinets, shelves, and walls. Coming close to us, he reacted well to our hands, coming back repeatedly for extra pets. He was definitely more curious than upset, not what we had anticipated. Now for the next test, we placed a water bowl, food bowl, and litter box around the room. Over the next few minutes, he discovered both food and water, and he later found his way to the litter box.

Pleased with his first encounter with his surroundings, we moved him into his own room in the cattery, right next to our kittens. Several weeks have passed, and his ability to adapt is remarkable to us—he has gained many supportive fans. At the first sound of a volunteer, he jumps from his basket, eager for his share of attention, loving to be brushed and petted. This handsome boy would love a nice quiet home and will be an easy, mellow cat to love. Ray is an exceptional cat, and we are sure his disability will not get in the way of his role as the perfect pet. We welcome you to meet him at the SPA, Monday‒Saturday, 11‒2, Los Pinos 7, 152 6124.

While you’re there, how about donating to our Pet Food Money Bank? Our goal is to raise 180,000 pesos (about USD$9,000) to apply to our annual cost of feeding: on average, 100 resident dogs and cats (plus those in foster care). Get great satisfaction from knowing that all of the amount donated will be applied to a very basic expense–-food. See our website for more information.


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