Sightless kitten Hope finds a home

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Hope

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A sightless kitten who was rescued along with her mother and sister got the help she needed and is now in her forever home.

Hope, her mother Charity, and her sister Joy were found in the cold, apparently having been abandoned, in an Ikea parking lot in Burlington, Ontario, Canada in December. The little family came into the care of the Burlington Humane Society, where staff realized there was an issue with both of Hope’s eyes.

Humane society adoption counselor Janet Cappus told the Hamilton Spectator that any pet owner would have had to notice something was wrong with Hope’s eyes. She was born with microphthalmia, a developmental disorder that means her eyes are abnormally small and nonfunctioning.

Hope gained many friends and supporters when BHS staff posted her photo and story at social media, and thousands of dollars came in to help fund the necessary surgery to remove her eyes.

“She definitely caught the hearts of a lot of people,” Cappus said.

Hope had the surgery to remove her eyes part way through February and she made an unexpectedly fast recovery that allowed her to be ready for adoption before the month was out.

“She’s incredibly intelligent and can find her way around,” Cappus said.

“She’s the most playful kitten … anything with a spring or a ball, if she could hear it, she was playing with it. She would run all around the room.”

BHS has announced that on Thursday, February 26 Hope was adopted into what they feel is the perfect home, with a single man living in a first floor apartment.

“And her new owner says she’s already found her favourite spot on the couch,” Cappus said with a laugh while speaking with the Spectator.

Charity and Joy were adopted soon after their arrival in December, so now the entire little cat family have fond homes.

Burlington Humane Society wrote at Facebook on December 17 telling Hope’s story at it stodd at the time: “Our Beautiful Hope.

“Hope came into our care on December 2nd after being found dumped in an IKEA parking lot along with her mom and sister. This sweet 4 month old kitten suffers from Microphthalmia, which literally means “small eye”. Hope was born with two very tiny non-functional eyes and is completely blind.

“Both her mother (Charity) and sister (Joy) are now at Burlington Humane and are both ready for adoption. Unfortunately, Hope had to be separated from her family and be sent to a vet clinic for further tests and more in-depth medical care. Hope’s eyes are causing some discomfort and additional medical complications, and therefore her eyes will have to be removed in the next few weeks. Unfortunately Hope’s surgery has been postponed because she also has a small polyp in one of her nostrils. This is causing some irritation and bleeding, which would be an added complication during surgery.

“Hope’s care is being lovingly provided by staff at Mackay’s Animal Hospital. We want to thank them for providing her with top quality care and lots of love and attention during this difficult time in her life.

“The special medical treatment that Hope is receiving is being paid for with Ariel Fund donations. This Fund is used to pay for extraordinary medical expenses for cats and kittens.

“This lovely kitten is in need of a little extra help before her journey to find her new home can begin.”

Hope got the help she needed and now is enjoying the next phase in her life.

 

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Hope, in December, before her surgery

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February 14: Hope’s eye sockets are stitched after the surgery to remove her too-small and nonfunctioning eyes.

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Hope with her friends at the vet’s following her surgery.

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Janary 14: "Our beautiful "Hope" is now at the shelter! Hope has arrived at BHS. She is still not available for adoption. She is staying here for a bit while she grows big enough for her surgery. She is a 'pur-machine'! We will keep you updated once she grows a bit more! Because we only have a few staff at BHS, we are limited with tours. However, once Hope has had her surgery we would like to invite Hope's special donors to come and see her before she finds her new home!"
Janary 14: “Our beautiful “Hope” is now at the shelter!
Hope has arrived at BHS. She is still not available for adoption. She is staying here for a bit while she grows big enough for her surgery. She is a ‘pur-machine’! We will keep you updated once she grows a bit more! Because we only have a few staff at BHS, we are limited with tours. However, once Hope has had her surgery we would like to invite Hope’s special donors to come and see her before she finds her new home!”

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Hope's new family: Ethan and Cameron, their mom Erin, and the kitten Hope
Hope was visited by Ethan and Cameron, and their mom Erin, who raised money they donated to the shelter.

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 Hope has found her favourite spot!

Febrary 27: Hope’s new petdad shared this photo, saying “Hope has found her favourite spot!”

4 thoughts on “Sightless kitten Hope finds a home”

  1. I am so happy Hope is now in a forever home ! Bless the petdad who adopted this very special kitten !

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