Buddy is a street wise old warrior with a huge spirit. Also known as White Sox by those that have been feeding him for the last 10 years, he has somehow managed to survive a decade on the streets as a stray, when most street cats don’t survive for more than a few years.
On January 15th, Buddy was trapped by a concerned animal lover who could see the battered stray was in desperate need of medical attention. Buddy was picked up by Caring Hearts Cat Rescue volunteers and immediately brought to Highview Animal Clinic. While desperately afraid and in severe pain, Buddy allowed his rescuers to help him. He isn’t a feral cat – most likely Buddy was someone’s lost pet who never found his way home.
Unfortunately, the news from the clinic wasn’t good. Buddy’s eye was beyond saving and he also tested positive for FIV (Feline immunodeficiency virus). Despite his diagnosis, Caring Hearts and the medical team at Highview felt he deserved a chance. After all, isn’t that what rescue is all about?
On January 16th, Buddy underwent surgery for the removal of his badly infected eye as well as neutering. He received intensive medical care and has since been released to a loving foster home. If his spirit is as strong as it seems, Buddy will hopefully regain his strength and soon he will be well enough to find a forever family.
But now the question Caring Hearts is faced with is where will Buddy go next? Due to his FIV+ diagnosis, and his many years as a stray, Buddy would be best suited in a quiet home without any other animals or small children. He needs a warm and loving family/or person that will work with him, win his trust and give him the kind of home he so deserves. Cats who have tested positive for FIV can live for years after receiving the diagnosis. If Buddy is given supportive medical care and kept in a stress-free, indoor environment, he can live out his remaining life in comfort.
So many of you have stepped up and donated to help with Buddy’s medical expenses. It is so very much appreciated!
Caring Hearts will now be accepting adoption applications for Buddy. A mandatory home visit will be required and should there be several applications, Caring Hearts reserves the right to determine the most suitable applicant for Buddy’s unique situation
Buddy would also like to sincerely thank the following:
Kathleen Farrazzo and her son Daniel Muller
To all the friends and neighbours of the Rockwood/Empress Ave. area, (who have faithfully fed me for the last 10+ years!)
Donald Baxter of Caring Hearts Cat Rescue & Sanctuary
Dr. Tallon & Staff at Highview Animal Clinic
Special thanks to everyone who donated to Caring Hearts Cat Rescue & Sanctuary for my veterinary care.
I am now looking forward to living out my golden years with love, comfort and warmth.