Sonny’s rescuer and caregiver Edie Enders told his story at Life with Cats on July 20 in Sonny Finds Friends and Gets the Help He Needs. Edie began the story saying:
This is Sonny, who I recently rescued in Palm Beach County, FL. He has been severely traumatized and I am fostering and working towards socializing him in order to find his perfect Forever Home. Sonny was dumped by his owner with his jaw wired shut from being hit by a car. He also has nerve damage and is blind in one eye from the accident.
In his search for food, he was attacked and bitten by a dog, leaving a scar on his back. He had to have surgery on his mouth to remove the wire and pull some teeth. His mouth was infected. July 14th, I took him to Calusa Animal Hospital as he was still having pain in his mouth. His mouth was extremely inflamed and had some infection again. He has to have the rest of his teeth extracted or this will continue due to a condition he has.
Sonny came and found me one day, I believe begging for help. He was meowing really loudly and since I rescued him I haven’t heard a peep out of him.
He had a wire in his jaw and it had to be removed, along with some teeth. He had a bad infection in his mouth and he was just healing from the dog bite on his back. I actually thought he had mange. The vet couldn’t believe the dog bite hadn’t infected his entire body and killed him. Sonny is a fighter and really wants to live.
Edie met Sonny when he came around her home looking for food a few months ago. After she rescued him and began to piece his story together with the help of his veterinarian Edie learned from a woman in her community that Sonny, who is only about 2 years old at most, had been living on the street for at least a year. Employees at a business the woman’s husband worked at had fed the little stray. When the business closed, no one thought to make arrangements for Sonny so he was completely on his own. It was after the people feeding him suddenly disappeared that Sonny found Edie and, as she believes, asked her for help. Sonny was once someone’s pet, who was either lost or abandoned with his jaw wired shut. He wandered the streets with that wire in his jaw for a year.
The further dental surgery Edie mentions in her introduction above was performed successfully on July 27. After having the problem teeth extracted, Sonny was left with some teeth remaining, which was a better outcome than expected. Continued antibiotics cleared up traces of infection, and he has been off of medication for about two weeks now. Edie notices that Sonny is eating better, is putting on a little bit of weight, and is noticeably more comfortable and feeling better.
At this point, Sonny’s medical needs have been addressed and he is returning to health. Edie saved him from the streets, made sure he got the veterinary care he needed, and has kept him safe. Many people donated for his care, so Edie’s work with Sonny became a joint effort. Now it is time for Sonny’s emotional needs and his overall well being to be addressed. While he is safe and cared for, Sonny needs a better situation with a foster caregiver who can patiently work with him and provide him with pleasant surroundings.
Sonny is living in a room all by himself, spending most of his time alone. Edie works 10 hours a day, and has 4 rescue cats of her own who she does not feel will get along with Sonny. The window in Sonny’s room looks out on the sunporch where the other cats hang out, so there is cardboard covering the lower half of the window to keep the cats apart. That leaves Sonny without the stimulation he would receive from being able to look out the window during the day.
Complicating matters further, Edie was in a serious 4 car accident on August 13 when she was returning home from work. The experience was horrifying and left her injured and on pain medication, with a totaled car and difficulties dealing with the insurance company. The accident has meant Edie had to spend less time on Sonny’s Facebook page and on networking to find him a suitable foster or forever home.
This update is meant to follow up on Sonny’s progress and to help spread the appeal for someone to come forward to take Sonny now that he is ready for the next step in his recovery. There is still a fair amount of money in the fund set up for his care from a ChipIn and auction, and that money will go along with him to help his next caregiver pay for his everyday and any other needs. Sonny is in good health now, according to his doctors. He still has a bad eye, but the vet has not said it needs any medical attention.
Edie would prefer that Sonny’s next foster or forever caregiver live fairly close to South Florida, though she will consider other options for him. She prefers that he not make a journey that would be traumatic for him, and says even trips to the vet are very distressing for him. Foster candidates will be vetted by Edie. She says she will miss Sonny but wants to see him go on to someone who can give him the emotional support and attention he needs and deserves.
Edie would appreciate it if readers who cannot help directly would share Sonny’s plight with others who might be able to network his story of take him.
Anyone seriously interested in helping sonny can contact Edie Enders directly. Email: [email protected] . Phone: 561-843-3881 .