What makes a kitten special? What makes a kitten unique?
When that particular kitten has suffered a horrible injury, is in excruciating pain, and continues to purr.
Meet just such a kitten. Her name is Didi. And her ordeal began on a cold December morning, when her cries could be heard from across the street by some of our S.T.A.R.T. volunteers. They traced the piteous sounds to the engine of a parked car, where she had obviously hidden in her search for warmth. Just beyond their reach, they set out some food, and when she surfaced, they were able to catch her.
What they saw stunned and saddened them. A mere ten weeks old, the tiny gray ball of soft, shivering fur had suffered a trauma that had left her bottom jaw de-gloved. In other words, all of the fur, skin and muscles were torn and hanging, leaving her lower jaw completely exposed.
Even as she was being examined and tended by our vet, she amazed everyone by her constant purring. Even as she was battling a severe infection, her spirit never wavered and her appetite never waned. Then, once the infection had subsided, she underwent successful surgery to repair the damage to her jaw. Unfortunately, the infection returned, forcing the remarkably resilient kitten to undergo a second, even longer surgical procedure.
And yet, through it all -- the pain and the catheter, the multiple stitches and the stiff Elizabethan collar - her puckish personality remained undaunted, her persistent purring continued undiminished. The following morning, dear little Didi was doing so well that our vet began carrying her around the office, even holding her close to the phone so that we could hear her sweet and reassuring purrs at the other end.
Now, happily on the road to what we expect will be a full recovery, Didi, with her fighting spirit and loving nature, is determined to find what we all agree she more than deserves: a forever home as special as she is. And although she may face some dental issues in the future, she will not only meet them, but overcome them, purring softly all the while.
Please help us raise money to cover Didi's veterinary care
Attn: Help for Didi to: S.T.A.R.T., P.O. Box 1098, Little Falls, NJ 07424
Duke and Jackson by Maureen Casey
FUREVER HOMES NEEDED Below Album Shows A Few Adoptable Pets!
Click on the picture for the names
S.T.A.R.T Adoption Center Locations
1 Rt 46 WestEvery Saturday & Sunday 11-3
Adoption Center 24/7
Pet Goods, Paramus
Rte 17S/Burlington Coat Factory Mall
2nd Saturday of the Month
Let's introduce you to what S.T.A.R.T, Save the Animals Rescue Team is all about. The video below is just a small portion of what our volunteers do each and every day to help the thousands of homeless, injured and needy animals in our area!
Tru-Catch Traps Needed!!
Traps are desperately needed to help control our communities Feral Population
Tru-catch has made it easy for you to donate trapping equipment!! Follow the link below and donate a trap today!! Donate a Trap to Us!
Gertrude Hawk Candies ~TBA
Beefsteak~ March 7th
Ride to Rescue ~ TBA
Tricky Tray ~ October 4th
Santa Pictures ~ December 2015
Nuggets of Gold Now thru December 31, 2013
Our cats love to sleep on Kuranda cat beds, but we don't have enough for everyone. If you would like to donate a bed at a special wholesale price for a another cat to sleep in comfort, please donate a Kuranda cat bed.