FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After being thrown from a moving vehicle, a kitten from Fort St. John must have his leg amputated in order to survive.
North Peace SPCA branch manager Candace Buchamer says that on July 23rd, a motorist was travelling behind a vehicle in Taylor, when they saw someone throw something out the window. After pulling over and expecting to see trash, the motorist, saw a tiny kitten, unable to move, scratched, bleeding and too weak to stand.”
Buchamer says that though the young kitten, since named Peter Parker has had a rough start to life, that hasn’t put a damper on the tiny tabby’s activity, or his personality.
“Peter is such a sweetheart! He uses his spider-like climbing abilities to reach heights greater than most think he’s capable of, despite his injured leg,” Buchamer said.
“He is so tenacious! Even with the complete disuse of his leg, he runs as fast as any kitten, climbs like a clumsy panther and loses his balance much too often… after each mishap, he looks up, gives a ‘meow’ and then he’s off again. He’s got the spirit of a superhero and we just want him to have the chance to live out his nine lives in a loving, forever home, which he can most definitely do on three legs.”
Peter Parker’s left front leg hangs useless, and he often trips over the limb, as the shoulder joint and leg have atrophied. Veterinarians says that for his safety, his leg must be amputated they’ve had to wait until the kitten was old enough to physically withstand extensive surgery.
The medical costs associated with Peter Parker’s care are expected to be $3,000. As a non-profit organization, the SPCA relies primarily on public donations.
If you can help Peter Parker and other animals like him in need at the North Peace SPCA, visit spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or in person at 9311 81st Avenue in Fort St. John.