Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I recently received an email from Emily, who shared the touching story of her kitten, Ralphie. Ralphie suffers from a congenital condition and was abandoned by his mama at a very young age, but that hasn't stopped her from fighting to give him the best life possible.
I wanted to share with you a very lucky and special little guy. Ralphie is an 8 week old kitten who I have been fostering and have bottle fed after his mother rejected him at 2 weeks old.
He wasn't expected to make it through the night but I agreed to give him a chance. Ralphie was born with a congenital condition called pectus excavatum. His chest is narrowed and his sternum is caved in. His heart is pushed all the way over to the left side and he does not have full function of his lungs.
Ralphie will need surgery next month to widen his chest to make it easier for him to breathe. I have raised all the money needed for his very expensive surgery in just one week!
I have adopted little Ralphie and he will now have the best chance at a normal life. He will be joining my zoo of a house that includes 5 other cats, 2 dogs, and 2 bunnies. I am a vet tech and also foster cats and kittens for The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society.
Emily tells me that Ralphie's surgery will be at the end of April, and she will keep us updated on his progress. In the meantime, we're sending out our best wishes to this adorable boy, and also many thanks to Emily for being his guardian angel!
Update! Ralphie now has his own Facebook page!