The legend goes that cats have nine lives. And if that’s true, somebody must have robbed Big Bob of at least a couple of them.
The four-year-old Russian Blue was found last weekend by volunteers of IndyFeral, a cat advocacy group. He had been hit by a car, shot, and left for dead.
The volunteers rushed him to the Humane Society of Indianapolis (IndyHumane) for medical care.
IndyHumane vets found that Big Bob had a major fracture and shrapnel in his left thigh. Because his injuries were so severe, they had to amputate his left hind leg to save his life.
He is now being monitored by the shelter’s veterinary staff and is expected to make a full recovery, possibly as soon as the New Year.
“Around the holidays, it’s especially abhorrent that someone would shoot a cat and leave it to die,” said John Aleshire, IndyHumane CEO. “IndyHumane and IndyFeral were fortunate to have found the cat in time to save his life.”
The shelter doesn’t put animals down because of space or time and will make Big Bob available for adoption after he recovers.
“Our vet staff, our medical staff are incredibly skilled people, and we’re about life here,” Aleshire said. “We’re about trying to put animals back together and give them loving homes.”
In addition to finding a loving home for Big Bob, the Humane Society of Indianapolis is also looking for donations to cover the cat’s medical care, which will cost IndyHumane more than $2,500.
“We’re especially thankful to our donors for their support without them, we wouldn’t be able to save animals like Big Bob,” Aleshire said.
Donations to assist with Big Bob’s care can be made in person at the shelter, 7929 North Michigan Road in Indianapolis. You can also donate online at indyhumane.org or by calling 317-872-5650 ext. 125.