Today we bring you a story from our friends at Let the Animals Live, Israel about Yisrael, one of the many cats they've helped.
It was a typical Jerusalem morning. It was still dark outside, and we made our way to another TNR campaign (Trap Neuter Return). While we were in the midst of the campaign I suddenly felt a cat rubbing against my legs. I looked down and saw Yisrael. He meowed in a heartbreaking way and looked up at me. At that moment the thought was that his condition was so bad that we might need to take him out of his misery. He had a cold and a runny nose and he couldn't smell or eat anything, his eyes were almost completely shut. It looked like something was hurting him - he was suffering pains in his mouth, and he was thin and weak. He came to ask for help.
If only he could speak he would probably tell us about his tough life in the Jerusalem streets, about the battles he had with other males, about his desperate search for food, about his hunger and thirst that accompanied him from the moment he woke up until he went to sleep. If only he could speak. But actually, if we think about it, he DOES speak, they speak to us all the time, WE are the ones who don't always listen. If only we would listen more, and if only there were more people who were sensitive to their suffering, to the pain they endure each and every day, to their rough lives in the streets, to their battles, to their asking for help.
For Yisrael there was someone who listened. The professional cat trapper who came to the TNR campaign put him in a cage, with the sad thought that it was the end. But Yisrael wanted to live, and he came at exactly the right time to be saved. He was checked by a vet and a big ulcer was found on his tongue and he had several rotten teeth. Moreover, he was very dehydrated, frail and had a cold. During his checkup and treatment he was also neutered, in order to prevent having to anesthetize him again and because neutering male cats is a simpler procedure than the spaying of female cats.
Now Yisrael is going through a recovery and rehabilitation process, with devoted care, antibiotics and nutritious food. For Yisrael there was someone who heard him. Unfortunately, there are many cases of cats who need help, like Yisrael. In order to prevent situations like this we are embarking on a shared journey, a campaign to establish a spaying and neutering clinic with the highest professional standards, at low cost, while listening to and caring for the cats themselves and their quality of life.
In the photos you can see Yisrael when he first arrived at the clinic, and the amazing improvement in his condition after being taken care of. After several weeks of treatment and lots of love Yisrael was released back to his "natural" surroundings, and as you can see from a recent photo, he is happy and healthy, and very thankful for the help he received.
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