Shelter Can’t Bear to Euthanize One-Eyed Kitten & Find Angels to Help


By the Merrimac River Feline Rescue Society

Hula was surrendered to another area shelter after her owner moved to a new apartment where cats weren’t allowed, and shelter staff quickly fell in love with the happy little 10-week-old brown tabby girl. But unlike most kittens, Hula was born with only one eye and with a spinal abnormality requiring thousands of dollars worth of diagnostic and corrective care.

Hula’s care was considered too expensive and her prognosis too unclear for that shelter to manage, so she was scheduled for euthanasia. Unable to bear the thought of putting this lively, spirited kitten to sleep, the staff contacted the Merrimac River Feline Rescue Society to ask if they might be able to help and the rest is history.

Hula in her foster home

Born with only one eye and a defect in her spine, Hula wobbles when she walks and is unable to jump. In spite of this, Hula loves to play, and she purrs the second you look her way. Her wobbly gait brings to mind a dancing dashboard hula doll, leading staff to her name. The fact that her front end seems to be trying to go in a different direction from her back end doesn’t seem to bother this little girl one bit. Hula doesn’t know she’s anything other than a regular, busy little kitten! Meeting Hula in person, we knew that saving her life was the right decision.

Safe in a foster home where she is loved and cared for, Hula is currently awaiting further diagnosis and treatment, including an MRI that will likely cost around $1,500. While Hula’s particular case is unusual, the cost of her treatment is not. Each year, the Merrimac River Feline Rescue Society spends tens of thousands of dollars helping cats like Hula. Like you, we believe that every cat deserves a chance at life and a loving home.

Brought to you by the World’s Biggest Baby Shower for Animals, supporting the Merrimac River Feline Rescue Society and dozens of other small but mighty rescue squads worldwide.


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Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl8 months ago

Patricia W., I can only agree, too, spaying/neutering´s very expensive, and many people just can´t afford to let it be done, here in Germany you have to pay about 120 € to let a tomcat be neutered, and about 180 for a female kitty, according to the latest Dollar course that´s about 100 $ for a tomcat and about 150-160 $ for a female cat!!! I´m glad Gizzy, Thori and Sisi, the second hand kitties have already been spayed/neutered in their former homes, I admit I couldn´t afford to let this surgery be done for 3 cats, too...
But I´m glad there´re free or cheaper TNR programs for feral cats, also in Germany, at least, but not for domestic ones, that´s bad again!!!

Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl8 months ago

Aaaww, little Hula´s really precious, I think her wobbling walk comes from CH, this may also have to do with the spine, not only with a kitty´s brain, I´m sooo glad she´ßs been saved, and I can only agree: every pet deserves a chance for a loving forever home!!!

Mary Cromley
.about a year ago

Nice story. I'm glad that she was saved. She has a lot of love to give in return.

Patricia Welch
Patricia W.about a year ago

Hula is just adorable

Patricia Welch
Patricia W.about a year ago

Chris J : agree with us needing an affordable way to spay/neuter our cats and dogs. Around Easter 2013 a stray come for some food. During a sleet storm I let her go in our back room to stay warm and dry. She was so skinny I had no idea she would present us with six kittens that night.

Thank Goodness for a local rescue, Peaceable Kingdom, who got Kewpie/Mom and her babies all their shots, and spayed/neutered them all for less then the price of two at my regular vet's, making the kittens more adoptable. There was no way we could have done it without them. I owe them BIG! And it's places like this we need to support. S&N, and TNR is the only way to go.

chris J.
christine jordan1 years ago

Animals deserve rights, someone start campaigning for that please and let the U.S.A. start with an example for the rest of the world. This should also mean that this is not how it is supposed to be; as soon as someone sees a cat, animal controll is called and then cat is gassed. Instead the T.N.R. program is used. No more healthy animals put to sleep. Have a heart! Too many people care about their next hit of drugs than spaying or neutering their pets. Those that cant be helped by T.N.R should go to a camp where food and neutering is provided paid for by taxes from non-pet owning people, or other source. Spaying your pet should be required, it should be affordable, maybe even financed. We could have a more humane world if some people used their brains. Its appalling how animals are treated.

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga1 years ago


Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe2 years ago

Awwww.... Hula is adorable! I hope she finds her forever home so that someone can lavish all sorts of lovin's on her!!

Mary T.
Mary T.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing Hula's story, happy that she was able to find a home :)

eloise bastille
barbie bastille2 years ago

so cute and perfect, its people who are imperfect