LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - A foster volunteer with Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter is now caring for an abandoned cat who suffered one of the worst frostbite cases Lakewood Animal Hospital has seen in years.
The kitty was found emaciated with severe frostbite by a good Samaritan in Lakewood Friday morning, and was brought to Lakewood Animal Hospital for immediate care.
"He wouldn't have survived much longer out there if it wasn't for that good Samaritan," says veterinarian technician Amy Parker.
Vet employees gave the animal an antibiotic injection and transferred him to the Lakewood Animal Shelter Saturday morning.
"His ears have severe frostbite. The tips of his ears are black. That skin will eventually fall off. The skin of the end of the feet is dead and some of it has already come off the back foot," says Parker. "He was actually stuck to the ground. The man who found him had to use a shovel and a broom to dislodge him from the ground and put him in a box and brought him to us."
Now known as "Patrick" by his foster family, this poor fellow must have been outside for quite a while, although it's difficult to know the exact circumstances which put him out on the streets. A return visit to the vet Monday night showed his condition to be much worse than originally thought.
Despite the challenges ahead, Patrick is still in good spirits and his foster mom is committed to saving him.
If Patrick pulls through it will be several months before he can be adopted.
To make a donation toward Patrick's care, please CLICK HERE or stop by the Lakewood Animal Hospital.