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Pumpkin the Calico Needs Help Saving Her One Good Eye

A crowdfunding effort will help with surgery to remedy an ulcer for this one-eyed rescue cat.

Phillip Mlynar  |  Dec 15th 2014


Pumpkin is a sweet-faced Calico who was taken in as a rescue by her owner, Olivia Shaw, in Greensboro, North Carolina, a year ago. At the time of her adoption, it was revealed that Pumpkin had been born with a birth defect that caused her to have only one functioning eye. Still, she was welcomed into her new forever home, seemed to be settling in well, and showed an early talent for smooshing herself into cardboard boxes and bags.

All was well until earlier this month when it was discovered that Pumpkin had developed an ulcer in her remaining seeing eye. A diagnosis was given and it was deemed that she needed an operation or else she would become a totally blind cat.

With Olivia and her husband being college students, they scrabbled around to find the money for Pumpkin’s operation but came up short. So Olivia began to sell hand-knitted items on the kitty’s Facebook page to raise money; a standalone fund-raising campaign was also launched, with Olivia signing off with the sentiment, “We love [Pumpkin] and want her to be healthy and able to see. We hope that she can heal and one day meet our children.

Thanks to the caring, sharing nature of the Internet, Pumpkin’s fundraiser is close to reaching its $1,500 goal — but it’s still a few hundred dollars short. Let’s hope the holiday season brings out the charitable side in cat enthusiasts and Pumpkin can celebrate Christmas with a successful operation.

Scoot over to Pumpkin’s Facebook page to keep up-to-date with her story and check out the latest progress on her fundraising campaign.

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About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.