Goose the kitten has a rather shocking past. The adorable, all-black baby arrived at Philadelphia Animal Control with severe ulcerations and damage to his lips, teeth, gums, and mouth, most likely from chewing on an electrical cord. The tiny cat needed more care than the shelter could provide, so he was placed on the urgent rescue list. If he didn’t get out of there by 6 p.m., he would be euthanized.
Fortunately, Goose is now in the loving care of Philly Kitty Rescue, a nonprofit, no-kill foster network in Philadelphia. Goose’s foster mom has experience caring for special-needs kitties — she used to foster Saltwater Taffy, who has deformed front legs due to radial agenesis.
In foster care, Goose has gained weight, and some of his teeth have grown back. As he’s recovered, he’s blossomed into a happy, playful kitten.
"He’s stupid cute, and his best friend in the world is the three-legged Pit Bull that belongs to his foster family," says Karina Sharma, who also fosters special-needs cats in Philadelphia. “How can anyone resist that?"
Now for the bad news: Due to his injuries, Goose experiences a lot of discomfort. The right side of his palate is dead and will probably fall out, creating a passage to his nasal cavity that will leave the kitten prone to infections. He is losing bone mass, and the hole in his mouth becomes larger every day.
Goose will require multiple surgeries to repair his mouth ÔÇô- and the estimated cost is near $6,000. To help with the overwhelming costs, Philly Kitty Rescue has created an online fundraiser.
"Unfortunately the [amount] quoted for the two to three required procedures is out of our league right now," Sharma says. "We are hoping people will be willing to share his story to help us raise the money needed."
Learn how to live a better life with your cat on Catster: