HOLDEN “ON” for his life
We’re not sure how this tiny orange fluff ball – now named Holden – arrived at
a Lawrenceville feral colony Monday night, but he certainly announced his arrival.
Our colony caregiver heard cries of distress pierce the evening gloom and despite
the threatening rain, she quickly located Holden, all 1 pound of him, desperate
and hungry, cowering near a feeding station. A scrap of hungry damp orange fur,
a scary amount of blood, and a squeal that would pierce any animal lover’s heart
led our caregiver straight to him.
Our volunteer worked with SNAP to quickly whisk the little man to the vet. There,
we learned that Holden is scarcely a month old, and his injuries came from being
trapped in a running engine where he had likely been sheltering from rain and the
cold breezes Atlanta’s change of season has brought. The laceration on his foot
is dangerously infected, but his x-rays reveal the real danger: the little boy’s
left hip and femur are injured, misaligned, out of socket and probably beyond treatment
with fragments of bone floating near his hip socket. The most compassionate thing
for this tiny tiger will be an amputation to avoid the pain the inoperable bone
fragments will cause and the inevitable infection that accompanies an injury this
Our director named this orange-striped, white-booted, peach-nosed kitten “Holden”
after learning the extent of his injuries and the challenges ahead, because this
is certainly a small life that is “holdin’ on” for all he is worth. Today, SNAP
has him in closely monitored foster care where he is being assist-fed and relies
on expert help to keep his bowels moving until he is well enough to resume bodily
functions on his own. Barring unforeseen complications, Holden’s outlook is bright
once he is healthy and well enough for full treatment. This is a crisis averted,
a story with a happy ending, and a reminder to check our engines before driving
all at once! Tripod kitties adapt well, and Holden will thrive with treatment and
a loving home.
SNAP needs your help to offset Holden’s medical expenses to create our own Holiday
Holden miracle. Totals for Holden’s medical bills are at $900, and we anticipate
a long recovery time until Holden is well enough to be placed with a forever family.
If his story touches your heart as much as it touched ours, there are several ways
you can help:
* You can make a donation to Holden’s care by clicking on the link DONATE
* If you think you would like to open your home permanently to Holden,
please fill out our adoption application by clicking on this link: It will be
a few months before he is available for adoption. ADOPT
* Visit www.snap2it.org for all the ways that
you can help SNAP continue our mission.