YEARS OF TRYING TO SURVIVE ON THE STREETS HAD TAKEN ITS TOLL. THIS WINTER HE FELL GRAVELY ILL, THEY WERE IN A RACE AGAINST TIME TO SAVE HIS LIFE.
He was about 6-years old when he became ill, neighborhood folk had been feeding the local stray. He had managed to make through the last winter, though one of his ears had become frozen, and now he was failing fast, trying to survive on the streets had taken its toll.
He was taken to Chatons Orphelins Montréal, Montreal, Canada for immediate care and attention, they immediately organized veterinary care. There it was apparent that years of living on the streets had taken its toll. Un-neutered he was covered in scars from all his fights, along with a coat smelling of urine, they found he also had FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus).
“People in the neighborhood fed him but no one was taking care of him. He was a big alley cat that everyone was used to seeing,” said a representative from Chatons Orphelins Montréal.
Barney, as he was named had used up 8 of his 9 lives and staff would need all their skills to save his last.
Barney’s nose was completely blocked and he was having trouble breathing. One of his ears was almost completely withered due to frostbite, both were infected with ear mites. Dental work would also need to be done.
Despite a myriad of health issues, all he wanted was hugs, cuddles, and snuggles.
“This big teddy bear came straight to us for some affection. He had very big cheeks, strong muscles.
He had to be the king of his neighborhood,” the rescue added.
Right away he was placed on medication to aid in his fight against the illnesses attacking his body.
SOON HE BEGAN TO SHOW SIGNS OF RECOVERY.
After a couple of months, he began to show signs of recovery and he was ready to be neutered.
It was lucky that the rescue had been contacted when they were, it was clear he would not have survived much longer left untreated. Now he snores when he is fast asleep.
One of his eyes remains a little runny due to an injury, and will probably remain that way. Alon with his many scars, reminders of his past life on the streets, however, they are also what makes him so unique.
Mathilde and Patricia fostered Barney throughout his rescue journey.
In the beginning, he was shy and constantly looking to hide from people or noises, but things began to change when he experienced love and kindness in foster care.
“He adapted very fast and changed so much in just a few weeks,” the rescue said.
Barney is no longer afraid. He’s happy and trusting. “He likes to get attention and asks for hugs every day. The frightened little guy has become a real teddy bear who likes to wait at the door when someone arrives.”
“When we went to visit him, he recognized us. He pushed his head on our hand for some cuddles,” the rescue shared.
“Barney had a tough life where he had to learn to survive outside alone. But now he’s safe, loved, and pampered.” The sweet boy rolled on his back, asking for some belly rubs.
Six months after his rescue, Barney’s dream came true.
“He found his perfect match, responsible humans with love and compassion for his life and history,” the rescue said.
“He talks a lot and follows his humans everywhere to get attention.”
After years of wandering on the streets, Barney has finally found a place to call his own.
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