Mr Jarlsberg's Fund

Mr Jarlsberg's Fund

Life on the streets is rough in the best of circumstances – but for a blind stray cat like Mr Jarlsberg, it is terrifying, disorienting and dangerous.

It is a miracle this one-year-old cat made it this far on his own, negotiating the unpredictable terrain of the big wide world, without any vision. No doubt he would have been living in constant fear and on high alert for potential hazards, never able to relax or let his guard down.

Fortunately he was found by our rescue team and brought to the safety of our Lonsdale shelter. He soon won the hearts of our vets, who named him after their favourite cheese, “because he is sweet and slightly nutty – and of course a distinguished young man, hence the Mister”.

Upon examination, our vet team diagnosed him with cataracts in both eyes and suspected micropthalmia, a malformation that makes his eyes smaller than normal. Sadly, he was born with these conditions, which have resulted in his blindness.

This beautiful boy has lived his whole life in the dark. We want to give him the precious gift of sight, and a second chance at life.

The nature of his condition required us to seek the specialist expertise of Dr Tony Read, an external vet ophthalmologist. Dr Read has reported that Mr Jarlsberg’s prognosis for fully restored sight is strong if he undergoes surgery to remove the cataracts.

Many cats gradually lose their sight as they approach old age. But for this young cat, just over a year old, to miss out on the joy of sight for his whole life is simply tragic. Especially when his condition is treatable, and his eyesight is recoverable.

Restoring Mr Jarlsberg’s vision will significantly enhance his quality of life, and provide him with the incredible opportunity to enjoy a happy, normal feline life in a safe, loving forever home.

However, even with a generous reduction in Dr Read’s fees because this is a welfare case, the costs associated with Mr Jarlsberg’s surgery and rehabilitation are estimated to be $3,500.

As a charity that relies almost entirely on community support to be able to rescue, treat and rehome animals, we simply aren’t able to fund this procedure on our own.

Will you help restore Mr Jarlsberg’s sight and give him a chance at a bright future by donating to his emergency fund?

With your help, it is our vision that Mr Jarlsberg will soon be able to let down his guard, peacefully curled up on the lap of someone who loves him. Finally safe from dangers lurking in the endless dark, and living the new life he deserves.


*The goal for Mr Jarlsberg’s fundraiser includes surgery to remove the cataracts, as well as post-operative care and monitoring, including the ongoing costs of eye drops, and regular follow-up checks with the eye specialist. If his medical and care costs are less than is raised in his name, additional funds will provide care for other animals in need.


raised of $3,500 goal

Campaign progress

  • Goal: $3,500
  • Achieved: 100.0%
  • Days left: 0
  • No. donors: 60
  • Av. amount: $58

Thank you for your donation!

Your kindness will make a huge difference to the safety and wellbeing of animals in South Australia.

Do you have friends, family or colleagues who might also want to help? Why not share news of your donation via social media. Every donation we receive goes a long way to expanding the work of RSPCA South Australia.

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