I posted a bit about Trinity in yesterday’s review of the free-for-ferals TNR clinic over the weekend and promised a little more about her story. She looks like a sugar puff but she’s a survivor, having used up a few of her nine lives already.
The Homeless Cat Management Team’s medical director, Dr. Kristin Rapsinski, also manages her own veterinary clinic and the highly skilled veterinary technician who has been with HCMT for years, Lindsay Joyce, also works at that clinic and gave me the information and photos for this story. They and the rest of the staff are skilled with handling emergencies and providing critical care to cats and kittens. In the course of rescuing cats and providing support for community cats many cats come to HCMT and Pittsburgh C.A.T. with life-threatening injuries or conditions, after being hit by a car, or with a badly infected wound, or with such extreme malnutrition that their organs are shutting down, for instance.
Trinity was attacked by the family dog as a tiny kitten. Because of the potential cost of her care the family signed Trinity over to the veterinary clinic. Many people presume that when they surrender an injured animal to a veterinary clinic the clinic will simply euthanize the animal, but this clinic is not one of those. If the animal has a chance at life, they will give it whatever critical and healing care it needs.
Trinity arrived with a head trauma and a fractured mandible or lower jawbone, multiple skin punctures, and in shock. After stabilizing her body and managing her pain they planned out the reconstructive surgeries to repair her face and jaw, delicate work on a delicate kitten. She was tube fed through the reconstructive surgeries. The gallery of photos below are somewhat graphic but show how small she was and her progress through the surgeries as she healed and grew.
The most miraculous thing about Trinity was that she not only survived the dog attack but twice during surgeries she arrested, her heart stopped and she was technically dead, but was revived by the staff then recovered with no after effects. The final surgery after she’d recovered and stabilized from the reconstructive surgeries was ironically her routine spay, and though everyone who knew held their collective breath during the surgery she came through that with no trouble at all.
Even through all the trauma she is a sweet and playful kitten. Even in the noise and chaos of the clinic she was curious and congenial and wanted pets and attention. You can tell when she’s happy—her tail gives it away! She bears almost no scars from the incident, only if you look closely you’ll see her right eye is not entirely symmetrical, but if you didn’t know something had happened you probably wouldn’t even notice it.
Trinity will be up for adoption soon through Pittsburgh C.A.T. We will do our best to help cats like Trinity, and Buddy and Butterscotch, and Willie and the Peter Pan kittens, and Kennedy even Frankencat, because they all deserve a happy and healthy life no matter where they came from.
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HCMT/Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2017 Calendar, still a few more left!
I designed and published this calendar on behalf of these two organizations for which I volunteer and support. All proceeds of sales of this calendar after costs will go directly to our work Making Life Better for Cats Every Day of the Year. Price includes shipping. You’ll find a box to enter your address or special instructions in your shopping cart.
Each month features a cat and its story who we rescued through TNR or rescue from abandonment, neglect or abuse, offered medical treatment, fostering, socialization, and a loving forever home that met their individual needs.
In addition, each month is sponsored with an ad from veterinarians, businesses and individuals who support HCMT and Pittsburgh C.A.T., including five of the veterinarians who regularly take a shift at our clinics to spay and neuter plus pet sitting and pet first aid training so you have ready resources for services you and your pets can use right at your fingertips.
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Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life
Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
Thursday: New Merchandise
Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy
Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats
And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!