Honiton charity needs community help to afford cat's 'complicated' operation

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:08 23 April 2018

Brienne, who will undergo surgery next week.

Brienne, who will undergo surgery next week.

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A Honiton charity is facing a race against time to raise enough money for a cat to undergo corrective surgery.

Brienne after her first operation.Brienne after her first operation.

The town’s Cats Protection branch needs to raise £1,000 by next Thursday to pay for one of its cats to have an operation on a defect in her right knee.

Bob Carter, co-ordinator of Honiton Cats Protection, said: “About 6 weeks ago we had homed quite a few cats so had space in our rescue.

“One of our other branches was full, so we took in three cats from St Austell.

“Two were homed quite quickly, but the third had a limp.

“The vets thought it was just a strain - however when it did not get any better, the vets did x-rays and found she had a dislocated knee.

“We then had to take the cat, who is called Brienne, to a specialist orthopaedic vet at Dawlish. He did CT scans and found she had defects in both her knees, which means complicated and extensive surgery.

“Once this is done, she will be able to walk normally and live a normal life.”

An online fundraising page has been set up by the charity, which has attracted £320 in donations so far.

Bob is hopeful the remaining money can be donated from supporters, or the operation will have to be funded out of the charity’s reserves.

He added: “After the operation, Brienne will remain in a cage for around six weeks and then she will be put up for rehoming.

“I am confident she will find a home – she is a beautiful young cat, only 10 months old, very small and really friendly.

“She has a sunny disposition and loves to be with people. She also deals with her knee problems well at the moment.

“However, without these operations she will struggle with her mobility and will have a very restricted life.

Brienne has already had one operation to correct the defect in her left leg, and is awaiting her next, set to be held on Thursday, April 26.

To donate towards her operation, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/honiton-cats-protection-brienne

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