CHERRYFIELD — The Ark Animal Shelter is seeking funds to help pay for the care of a cat injured in a fire in Whiting last month.
When the cat found itself trapped inside the burning home, it was forced to jump from an upper-story window, according to Ark Manager Lorna Konyak, which resulted in two broken legs and a broken pelvis. Several other cats apparently perished in the blaze.
Konyak said the cat then dragged itself into a nearby barn, where it stayed alone with no food or water for three weeks while its owner was hospitalized with burns suffered in the fire. The cat is a tabby, about 1 year old, and is named Mickey, Konyak said.
Dr. Lydia Pryor of BayView Animal Hospital in East Machias examined the cat for the first time on April 6, when its owner discovered the cat and sought veterinary care.
In addition to the broken legs and pelvis, the cat suffered a large burn wound by his tail and singed whiskers. On April 8, successful corrective surgery was performed at the Lucerne Veterinary Hospital in Dedham and the cat will be transferred to Pryor’s care at the end of this week. The Ark then will assist Pryor in finding the cat a new home.
The owner, who lost everything in the fire, relinquished ownership of the cat to Pryor. “I think he did the responsible thing,” Konyak said. “You have to give him credit. He thought enough of the cat to try to get him help.”
Hearing of the cat’s plight, the board of the Ark Animal Shelter voted to donate $2,000 from its “Winston Fund,” established to cover emergency care for injured animals. However, the cat’s orthopedic surgery cost alone is approximately $3,000 and extensive after-care bills will continue to mount.
Konyak said The Ark is seeking public assistance to help defray medical costs “for this very brave and determined kitty.” Checks can be made payable to The Ark Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 276, Cherryfield, ME 04622. Donations also can be be made directly through “Google Checkout” on the Ark’s website: www.thearkpets.org. Make a notation that the funds should be applied to the burned cat fund.