A cat surrendered to the Prince George Humane Society (PGHS) has such severe dental problems she can barely eat.
Her name is Harmony, and her story already has a happy ending.
“She came into the shelter about two weeks ago,” says Melissa Garner, who works with the PGHS. “She was extremely underweight.”
Garner says her teeth are so bad that it makes it very painful for her to eat.
“As you can imagine when we get issues with our teeth, you may not be able to chew on one side of your mouth,” says Garner. “It is really painful for her, and it’s gone on so long that it has affected her weight. She wants to eat but it hurts.”
As dental surgery for cats is quite expensive, the PGHS is fundraising to cover the cost of Harmony’s surgery.
“We were trying to come up with a creative way to get the community involved and we thought hey everyone is cleaning out their garages this time of year, so why not try a bottle drive?”
The PGHS has an ongoing account set up at the Nechako Bottle Depot, located at 1922 First Ave., and the society says donations will go directly towards helping Harmony get the much-needed help she deserves.
“You don’t have to sort the bottles you don’t have to do anything, they just take them from you and add whatever it is onto our account and it’s really super convenient,” says Garner.
However, Harmony is so incredibly thin she will have to gain enough weight before she can be eligible for the surgery.
“As soon as we can get some more weight on her and reach her goal she’ll be going in for surgery.”
Even though Harmony still has some hurdles to overcome, she now has a home of her own to look forward to.
“We had a lot of volunteers that would take extra time with her just because she is so fragile and she is really affectionate but you have to be really gentle with her,” Says Garner adding that one of the volunteers, had a soft spot for Harmony and has decided to adopt her.
“I could just tell her heart was really going out for this cat.”
Although Harmony wasn’t a stray and was surrendered by a gentleman who could no longer take care of her, Garner says it’s clear she had been on her own for quite some time.
“She did have a tattoo but unfortunately the people never update the information, but she was last tracked to the SPCA in 2008,” says Garner. “I wish people would follow through with updating the information on their tattoos and microchips because we could have brought this sweet one home.”
If you don’t have any bottles to donate but would like to help out Harmony and the Prince George Humane Society you can also donate online through the society’s PayPal account.
“We are very excited to see the success with her already, especially with her going into a home,” says Garner. “She’s old but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve a fighting chance.”