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BATAVIA — Members of the Volunteers for Animals group are seeking donations to defray the costs of surgery for a young kitten that was hit by a car last week on Ellicott Street.
The group is also having a drawing to name the injured animal.
Batavia police brought the kitten to a local animal hospital after he was hit by a car on Ellicott Street. A work crew saw it happen, stopped and retrieved him from out of the street, VFA officials said. They checked the surrounding houses but no one claimed the kitten.
He was then taken to the animal hospital to be seen by a veterinarian. He has a severe front leg paralysis and/or fracture with no chance of saving the leg. He has a broken tooth and his teeth went through his tongue.
The day after he was hit, VFA got the kitten into a foster home. Here is what his foster mom said:
“I’ve been getting to know the hit-by-car-kitty today, and he is absolutely worth saving. His paralyzed arm doesn’t seem to bother him, but it does get in the way. Like when I saw him trying to get to his food bowl, but he couldn’t move forward because he was standing on his own paralyzed hand and didn’t know it. Poor thing.
“He is also a love machine. He cried and cried, wanting to be held all morning. After hours of carrying him around in a sling, I resorted to putting another foster kitten in with him. They have the same demeanor — very calm. They have napped next to each other all day. The car-kitty reaches his (good) arm out and just touches the other kitten — as if for reassurance he’s there. Then they fall asleep. It is just precious.”
Surgery for the kitten is estimated to be $500 and VFA is willing to cover the cost. A special fundraiser is planned for him. Those who make a donation are invited to submit a name for him. A drawing to choose a new name will take place Aug. 20. The winning name will be posted on the website along with updates of how Hit-by-car-kitty is progressing.
Send donations to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021 or visit the website at www.vol4animals.org. Donations can also be dropped off at the Genesee County Animal Shelter at 3841 West Main Street Rd. Call (585) 343-6410 for more information.
Adoption hours at the shelter are 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday to Friday (closed on Thursdays); 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
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