Iris, a sweet and beautful 6 month old Russian Blue, is on the mend and will soon be ready for adoption into a loving forever home. You wouldn’t know it to look at the dear girl now but a month ago she was alone, abused and in need of help. She got that help thanks to a wonderful shelter and many giving hearts.
Iris was discovered, lost and alone, on a back porch in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania in March of this year, and brought to Hillside SPCA, a caring no-kill shelter n Pottsville. She had endured a sexual assault with an unknown object, which inflicted serious injury to the entire area. The injury was determined to be several days old, and was badly swollen and infected. Thankfully, Iris’ unirary tract was not punctured but urinating and elimnation were a painful matter for her. She recieved treatment for her torn tissue and received monitoring for food and fluid intake.
Here’s how Hillsde characterized her progress after initial treatment:
“Sweet Iris is recovering slowly but surely after her violent attack 2 1/2 weeks ago. The affected area is healing and shrinking in size. She is amazing! Exploring her surroundings and enthusiastically batting toys around indicate she is feeling better. Bladder control is still an issue, and although she uses the litter box when in her little private space, she has some leakage, which our vet hopes will lessen as her healing progresses. We remain hopeful! Beautiful Iris, with a personality to match, deserves a full recovery and a happy forever home.”
Update on March 26:
“Her wounds are still in a critical state, we are anxiously to see if she regains bladder control. it not, it could be problematic.
Soon ready for foster care, her wounds need to be treated/cleansed daily, and she will have many vet visits ahead of her. iris endures but is so accepting and so very sweet. if attitude gets her through, she’ll have a successful recovery.”
Iris’ story reached beyond Pennsylvania when it came to the attention of animal lovers on Facebook, who followed her progress at Hillside SPCA’s Facebook page, organized a Pawcircle of healing wishes and prayers for her, and sent donations to help cover the costs of her medical care. The Milty Blanket she is snuggled upon in the picture is a cosy love token sent as a gift by her friends.
After she was healed enough to leave the vet Iris moved to foster care, where she remains, for now.
Update on Aprl 15:
“We have great news about Iris! She is ninety-nine percent healed and our veterinarian gives her an excellent prognosis. Holding her urine and using the litter box presents only a minor problem and should continue to improve.
We could not ask for anything more at this point. What a brave and sweet girl Iris is! She has endured so much, and because of everyone’s prayers, and financial and moral support, Iris is in a great place right now. In just a few weeks she will be spayed and ready to be adopted into a loving home. We anxiously await that day, and so does Iris!”
The person who committed the reprehensible act has not, to our knowledge, been identified or charged, but Iris has largely recovered from the assault and is the happy playful cat she was always meant to be. She has brought together a community of cat lovers, and she and they have put more goodness and love into the world than her attacker took out of it. She is very close to her happy ending.
Donations can be made to help with Iris’ continuing medical care, or to assist the other animals who come to Hillside needing care, at the Donations page at the shelter’s website.