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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242 comments

Glennis W
Glennis W2 hours ago

So glad you were saved Hula many happy years ahead Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 hours ago

Such a wonderful story Lots of love Hula Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 hours ago

Hula you are adorable Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 hours ago

Hula you are so gorgeous and precious Thank you for caring and sharing

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Ruth S
Ruth S9 hours ago

Thanks.

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Madison I
Madison I20 hours ago

I adopted two "unadoptable cats" from a cat sanctuary. Both were going on one year of age and one has a cloudy eye. They are both amazingly special cats and it took them about 5 months to adopt us as their family. I am very sad that any animal is euthanized after adopting two random cats and realizing how special they are and would have been killed had it not been for the sanctuary.. Society need to stop the mass murder of homeless animals. All life is special.

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Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl2 years 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!!!

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Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl2 years 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!!!

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Mary Cromley
.3 years ago

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

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Patricia Welch
Patricia W3 years ago

Hula is just adorable

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