Meet beautiful little Mercy, a young feral cat hit by a car yesterday.
Mercy ended up at Tinykittens because in a shelter she would have been put on a mandated three-day hold and then euthanized, simply because she's feral and injured. We can't imagine a worse way to spend your last four days on earth... being hit by a car, having your jaw broken, and then waiting terrified in a shelter for three days, unable to eat or drink on your own, just to be euthanized.
Sadly, this is the reality for most feral cats that end up in shelters. And this is why we are working so hard to change the narrative about ferals. Follow along with us as Mercy's story unfolds, and as we show the world she is worth saving.
Yesterday, we rushed Mercy to the emergency vet where they let us know her best chance for a full recovery is to have a specialist perform surgery to repair her broken jaw. She does not appear to have other injuries at this point, and her prognosis is good.
While we wait for a specialist to become available (hopefully tomorrow), we have Mercy on the best possible pain meds and are spending lots of time with her, carefully syringe feeding and keeping her hydrated. As you can see, she seems as comfortable as possible given her injuries, and is being incredibly brave. We believe she deserves the chance to live a long, healthy, happy, pain-free life.
She's only about eight months old, still just a baby. She's not from one of our usual feral colonies.
If you would like to donate toward her care and surgery, you may do so with our extreme gratitude at TinyKittens.com/donate <3
If you would like to help cats like Mercy in your own neighborhood, please start, support or join local Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts and become advocates for feral cats and compassion. <3