The sorry tale of the poor kitten Checkers who was brutalized and had her eye poked out by a human has suffered a heartbreaking setback…but survives.
To recap, Checkers was the kitten found in a cardboard box that was tied shut with a rope. Her eye had been stabbed out and she was left for dead behind a library in Newhall, CA. You can read the original story here.
But Checkers was a survivor and fought for her life. Her rescuer, Julia Mildenberger brought her back to health and raised enough money with a GoFundMe campaign to have the imperative ocular surgery to clean out the eye cavity and to get her spayed so she could go up for adoption. “I was so grateful to have raised the money so quickly! As soon as I saw we reached our goal I booked her for surgery,” Julia said. But when the vet put her under Checkers stopped breathing. They quickly reversed the anesthesia and began emergency care to revive her. After fifteen minutes they were successful and had Checkers breathing on her own. It was later determined there was fluid in her lungs that was missed during the exam.
Checkers’ vitals were weak and she was put in an oxygen tent. There was a concern about brain damage and her survival looked bleak. Julia was heartbroken. “I couldn’t stop crying,” Julia recalled. “Here’s this kitten that has survived such a horrific ordeal at the hands of some monster and she was still the friendliest and sweetest kid. And then to think of her not surviving a routine surgery when she was so close to being put up for adoption just makes everything inside me break.” But then Julia got a phone call from her vet later that night letting her know Checkers was awake and asking for food. A follow up call a few hours later let her know that Checkers was not only awake but very active and hungry after cheating death a second time. “I couldn’t believe it,” Julia said. “It just proves that her spirit is bigger than anything that comes at her. She wants to live.”
Unfortunately the emergency care and overnight stay ate up the majority of the donations Julia raised for the original surgeries. Checkers still needs to have ocular surgery and to be spayed but in addition she will need x-rays prior to surgery as a safeguard. Julia has adjusted her GoFundMe campaign goal according to the new amount needed. Checkers will still be placed up for adoption once she has recovered. Julia’s rescue group, Southern California Cat Adoption Tails (SoCal CAT), is a nonprofit 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible. If you are interested in donating to help Checkers please click here.
If you have any questions about Checkers’ needed surgery you can contact:
Mission Animal Hospital
845 W. Palmdale Blvd.
Palmdale, CA 93551
661 526 1300