River Rescue Cat Beat Survival Odds, but Needs Furever Home


Three months ago, a black kitten was rescued from Alabama’s Bon Secour River after being hit by a car. Rescuers guess that he was attempting to swim to safety after an accident shattered his pelvis and broke his femur. Rescuers named him “River” and provided immediate medical treatment.

Although River appeared to be a stray when he was found, rescuers believe he had been someone’s pet — he was familiar with the litter box and has been well-behaved throughout his ordeal, despite the physical trauma he suffered.

He is marvelous social, said Amy Boddie, who has been caring for River since his surgery. He gets in the laps of people he doesnt know. He likes cats and dogs. Hes a very affectionate cat.

He has been neutered, had all his vaccinations and tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS. Now all River needs is a home to call his own.

He needs a real home where someone wants him, said Boddie. He needs an indoor home. He gets around, but not as well as a cat who hasnt been affected this way. Im afraid he wouldnt be able to get away from something that wanted to get him.

Boddie said, He cant scratch his ear with that (bad) leg, so he loves it when you scratch it for him. He shouldnt have any more problems related to that (accident). Hes been given a clean bill of health.

River is just one of the nonprofit coalitions many rescues. Although primarily known for their TNR program in Baldwin County, the group has been active in animal rescue efforts. It also offers a low-cost spay and neuter program.

If you would like to help the Fairhope Cat Coalition pay for Rivers care, you can send a donation to 104 Ashton Court, Fairhope, AL 36532. Be sure to note on your check or money order that the donation is intended for River. All money given is tax-deductible.

If you’d like to adopt River, call (251) 367-1711.

[PHOTO: Amy Boddie]

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