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.
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.
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