The story of the Misfit Critter Farm begins with Easter the tabby cat. After Easter’s mom was one of a number of cats ditched in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, she took up refuge in a yard. The owner spayed and neutered the passing guests, but not before a couple of kittens were birthed. Easter was one of them.
Showing her adventurous spirit, a young Easter decided to leave the yard and go off on an adventure — but when she returned she had a serious eye infection. Enter Katie Downey, a local rescue worker who decided to help Easter out.
After Katie organized a fundraiser, Easter was taken to a vet for surgery. Unfortunately, the procedure was botched: In somewhat grisly terms, instead of removing Easter’s eye, the skin of her eyelids was simply folded over and sewed up.
As bacteria built up, Easter was eventually taken to another vet to for a new procedure, and then on to a series of appointments at the Virginia-Maryland Vet School. There she underwent tests and was discovered to be suffering from some internal bleeding; she also needed further work on her ocular bacterial issues. She is currently undergoing a course of antibiotics.
By this point, Katie had, of course, adopted Easter. Now, she has been dubbed as the “extraordinarily optimistic kitten” and acts as the figurehead for the Misfit Critter Farm that Katie runs. (Easter’s upbeat moniker is said to come from the way she constantly purrs, no matter what trials and tribulations she’s had to go through.)
As a mission statement, the Misfit Critter Farm looks to help out the “homeless, sick, abused or neglected animals of this area.”
The safe haven places a focus on assisting cats and farm animals, which means that along with a rotating cast of what Katie estimates is between 30 to 50 felines, Easter also shares a home with five alpacas (three of whom are named after the Beastie Boys), 14 chickens and some dogs. Quite the menagerie of lovable misfits!
You can keep up to speed with the comings, goings and shenanigans taking place at the Misfit Critter Farm over at the official Facebook page.
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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.