Poppy's Fund

Poppy's Fund

Sweet little Poppy couldn’t even stand.

Poppy came into our care as a stray from an after-hours emergency centre after she was hit by a car.

The look on her face when she arrived at our Lonsdale shelter was just utter misery. 

Our skilled team of vets worked quickly to assess Poppy’s condition and soon discovered that this 10-month-old kitty was in a horrible way.

She had numerous pelvic fractures in addition to a major fracture to her left femur, resulting in her inability to stand, walk, or move much at all.

Poor Poppy couldn’t even get to her litter tray to use the toilet. Due to the extent of injuries to her leg, the vets decided that the kindest thing to do was to amputate it. Sadly,  the limb was far beyond repair.

They also found this little kitty had suffered a major chest cavity trauma resulting in a condition called Pneumothorax. This made it extremely hard for her to breathe due to the trapped airways and – if not treated when vets did – it could have resulted in a collapsed lung.

Despite everything she is enduring, Poppy’s beautiful nature has shone through.

‘She really is a sweet little cat,” RSPCA South Australia’s  Chief Veterinarian Dr Brad Ward says. 

During the amputation surgery, Poppy was also desexed and microchipped in readiness for her eventual adoption. She had to be kept very still as she recovered from the surgery, and her pelvic fractures and other wounds healed.

As if what she had been through wasn’t enough, little Poppy developed a moderate case of cat flu while in recovery. It’s been closely managed and her health is now – at last! – improving each day. 

A skilled volunteer foster carer is now helping Poppy to rehabilitate in her home.  Further x-rays later this month will assess how her wounds and fractures are healing, and determine whether further surgery is required.

With this daily intensive care and treatment, Poppy is thankfully on the road to full recovery – but she needs your help to get there. Our vets estimate the cost of Poppy’s treatment and rehabilitation will be $2000.

Can you please donate today to give Poppy the best chance of making a full recovery, so she’s able to find her forever home?

* The goal for Poppy’s fundraiser includes the ongoing costs of antibiotics, pain relief, rehabilitation, vaccinations, and microchipping. If her medical costs are less than is raised in her name, additional funds will provide care for other animals in need.

Thank you for your donation!

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


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