The cat named Helen Keller was born into a feral colony and as a young kitten appeared perfectly normal in the eyes of her caregiver.
Before her rescue, neighbors saw her playing normally with the other feral cats of the colony, but one day she noticeably stopped running and chasing the other cats.
Once she was rescued, SNAP confirmed that Helen was blind. We do not know why – sometimes feral cats will eat poison of some sort – including rat poison set out to control mice, or even anti-freeze.
Young kittens are especially susceptible to poisoning of this kind.
When Ms. Keller was rescued she – wait for it – she had just given birth to five kittens just three days before – and she infested with ear mites – today after good care mother and kittens are all doing fine.
Treatment for Helen’s various medical conditions has run SNAP more than $250.
More about Helen Keller
SNAP is often called to help in situations where the number of cats has grown to the point that it is unmanageable for a cat caretaker. And without exception, every situation has two things in common: 1) we will be surprised and 2) there will be far more cats than the original caretaker estimated. Our visits this summer have been no exception.
One small family has captured our heart.
Atlanta is full of kind people who feed and look out for their community cats. One such caregiver spotted a nursing mother, a small petite tabby, barely out of kittenhood herself, who seemed to move differently than the others. Was she injured? Did she have neurological issues? The caregiver began focusing on the young mother, hoping to gain her trust to make the eventual spay that she was already planning easier. The tabby, who SNAP has named Helen, had four tiny, mewing kittens firmly latched onto her, their eyes not even open. The little bundles of dark brown and white fur charmed the caregiver, who was committed to finding them homes and ensuring they would not reproduce.
The caregiver’s plan had to be stepped up a notch when a marauding fox invaded the mother’s favorite resting place, and killed one of the kittens. The caregiver knew she needed help to move quickly and keep the other kittens safe from harm. That’s when SNAP met the tiny family and realized the mother was not injured…but blind.
We’ve named her Helen Keller because she’s a brave being who has managed to navigate the world with the odds stacked against her – and she has a whole lifetime ahead of her. Because of her blindness, Helen will not be returned to her neighborhood after she is spayed. She and her kittens are now in the SNAP family, and we’re looking for the perfect Atlanta homes for them.
This is one of dozens of stories that are unfolding this summer in Atlanta as SNAP helps multiple neighborhoods through TNR. We need your support to keep helping the Helens of the world. There are lots of ways you can join our cause. You can foster a family in need, start or expand your pet family, donate supplies or save your cans for us, or support us financially. All contributions are welcome, large or small.
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First posted on August 1, 2014.