Community helps kitten hit by car

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Canyon the kitten. Melanie Blake photo.


A 10-week-old stray kitten who was seriously injured when he was hit by a car in downtown Beaverton, Oregon a week ago is recovering from surgery and will have a home with the woman who rallied the community to help him.

Canyon, as the little tuxie kitten has been named, dragged himself to the side of the road with two broken femurs after he was hit by the car, and had just been placed in a box by a compassionate gas station attendant when Melanie Blake stopped at the station. Concerned that the kitten might be put down due to his injuries, Melanie took it upon herself to get him help.

Melanie set up a gofundme fundraiser asking for donations so Canyon could have surgery and contacted Cats Cradle Rescue, located in nearby Hillsboro.

Cats Cradle made arrangements with Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency for Canyon’s surgery, and took up the kitten’s cause.

A Redditor who saw Melanie’s post “Help this abandoned severly hurt kitten (beaverton)” at Craigslist posted a link to the Portland subeddit, and more people saw and donated to the cause. Canyon’s story was also featured locally in the news.

The fundraiser raised over $3,000 in three days, which more than covered the costs for Canyon’s surgery. Melanie has said she was amazed that the community pitched in as they did for the injured stray. Any funds remaining after Canyon’s medical costs are fully covered will go to help other cats in the care of Cats Cradle Rescue.

In a December 30, 2014 story in The Oregonian/OREGONLIVE, following Canyon’s surgery, Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency practice owner Dr. Shawn Thomas noted that the kitten quickly got his appetite back after surgery, and said:

“He’s a little trooper.

“Within two days he should be walking on those legs.”

Melanie will adopt Canyon and take him home when he is healed, in about 6 to 8 weeks. Cats Cradle Rescue will continue to care for him until then.

Melanie told the story at her gofundme fundraiser page, writing:

Hi my name is Melanie, Today this pretty 4-6 week old kitty came into my life, not because I was out shopping for one. Canyon is what I’m calling him or her was hit by a car in downtown Beaverton and even though Canyons back legs were not working he she dragged herself to the side of the road. She he wants to live. I brought Canyon to my vet figuring how could they not fix her/him but my vet gave her/antibiotics and pain meds and said the pound would pick this injured baby up and we know they would not fix this kitty just put him/her to sleep. I lost my bangle cat last week after 12 years I have the house and heart for this kitty but not the money please help me so I can help this little angel and maybe heal my heart too.

Canyon was seen at the ER Vet he has 2 broken Femurs they have to put plates and pins in i know thats alot to spend on a 6 week old kitty , but he needs us with all the pain he must be in he purred and ate for me he needs to live. After the surgery it will take 6 weeks of recouperation i am not qualified to do so a nicet lady from Catscraddle is helping us and can help Canyon get better we just need the money

Update, January 3:

Canyon will be going into foster care to heal so he can come home with us. I’m writing a check for $3000 to CCR To cover canyons vet and rehabilitation. That is amazing and there will be a nice emergency fund that CCR can use for other cats kittens like Canyon they were a god send especially Joanna who helped me through all this and Dr Shawn Thomas an amazing vet that I will refer all of my animal loving friends to. If you would like to know how Canyon is doing feel free to find me on Facebook Under Melanie Blake or email me at [email protected]

I will not see Canyon till he has been made comfortable so in the next couple of weeks I may not know but when I do I can let you know. To family and Friends you guys are amazing thank you so much for all your donations. And to CCR friends and family thank you for saving Canyon and for the people that saw gofundme or the news or friends of friends I truly appreciate everything. If you would like to help other kittens and or cats or adopt a cat that needs a home please go to Cat’s cradle without these great people I would have not been able to help Canyon in A day.

Melanie Blake

KPTV News covered the story:

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