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Sunny the Ginger Cat Survived a Rifle Shot Through the Spine

Catkins Animal Rescue of Wisconsin gave him a set of wheels, and he's seeking a forever home.

Phillip Mlynar  |  Nov 24th 2014


Sunny is a handsome ginger cat with a distinguished white patch of fur under his neck. One day he was going about his life in Wisconsin, enjoying the usual cat-like activities, when some twisted person shot him in the spine with a .22-caliber rifle. Luckily, he survived — and now he’s looking for his forever home. Interested parties should know that Sunny also comes with a swanky set of wheels to help him get around.

According to a report in the Price County Review, Sunny was originally discovered outside a house when his cries alerted the owner. Because he was dragging himself along, the person assumed the cat had been hit by a car. Calls were placed and Sunny was taken in by Catkins Animal Rescue.

It was then that medical examinations and X-rays shows the extent of his horrific injuries: The bloody patches on his back were caused by bullets, not a collision with a car.

After a course of laser therapy, Sunny was showing great signs of improvement. It was at this point someone suggested fitting him with a mobility cart to help him scoot around. Thanks to a donation from the Jim Fund charity, the rescue group secured wheels, and Sunny took to them with the proficiency of a car-racing veteran.

Right now, Sunny is relaxing at the Catkins Animal Rescue complex. But he’s definitely on the lookout for a new permanent home. He’s said to be a gentle boy who loves kids and dogs (although he does have a slight bladder issue and sometimes needs to wear a diaper).

Visit the Catkins Animal Rescue Facebook page to keep up to date with Sunny’s story.

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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.