The day we found out about Bee we had twenty active cases.
Our instinctive reaction was that we would not be able to take on another case, adding to the current, already great for our small team, load.
Then we opened Bee’s photos, sent by the kind people who had not turned their back on her.. and froze.
Ginger stray Bee was discovered lying in a patch of grass, her head smashed, one eye caked in dried blood. Whatever impact caused these horrific injuries, it landed squarely on the kitty’s head, fracturing the roof of her mouth, shattering and splitting the lower jaw in two pieces and almost destroying one eye. Bee must have been lying in that state for a few days because the next horrifying detail we discovered was the fact that she was covered in maggots, hungrily devouring rotten flesh.
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When we looked at the photos and into Bee’s eyes we realized that this was destiny — ours and hers. Our destiny is to be here, on duty, guarding against evil and snatching living souls from it’s greedy hands. Her destiny is to be rescued.
We realized that she was not just the 21st animal on our list of active cases.
She was a beautiful ginger cat with green eyes, whose name was Bee.
And we were going to save her life.
Yesterday Bee received emergency stabilizing surgery, which addressed the main two fractures in the roof of the mouth and the lower jaw. The sites were secured with a an orthopedic wire cerclage — a fixation device used for mandibular fractures. If Bee survives, follow up surgeries will remove the fixation once bones have knitted back together, the site will be reassessed and next steps will be planned.
The next few days will be critical for the little cat so please keep her in your thoughts.
The vet team has not come out with an opinion of what caused the damage to Bee’s head. Xrays and ultrasound examination discovered no internal damage, and no damage to the spine. There are also no surface graze wounds such as would result from an impact with a car, for example, or if an animal falls from a great height.
The blow was just to the head..
Another grave detail we have learnt since is that Bee was a nursing mom, rescuers searching for her kitties as we write her story.
UPDATE | July 21, 2017
Bee is recovering amazingly well and is already eating on her own. The surgery site looks great and the vet team that performed the operation is very pleased with Bee’s progress. The orthopedic wire cerclage — a fixation device used for mandibular fractures — will stay in place for a month now, and will be removed after the fractures have healed.
We received some amazing photos from the actual surgery, which yet again made us appreciate the skill of our vets and the absolute privilege we have to be working with that particular clinic. These series of operations were so complicated that they were refused in the seaside city where Bee was originally rescued, this is why we were contacted and asked for help.
Bee is currently on intravenous antibiotics and remains hospitalized.
She is quite frightened and staying in the clinic is not helping relieve her great stress. We are searching for a safe foster home where she could continue her recovery in peace. Bee is also up for adoption so email us on email@example.com or message our Facebook page if you are interested.
UPDATE | July 29, 2017
We are battling to find a foster home for Bee. Summer time is difficult for animal rescue organisations because everyone is on holiday and nobody is in front of the monitors, while the same amount of animals need help. Bee’s vet is concerned because she is losing weight and despite being perfectly able to eat, is refusing food. He is certain this is due to the stress of being hospitalized, the many sounds and smells of sick and crying animals, medical staff walking about endlessly. Bee spends her days with her head down, turned towards the corner, and we had to physically move her in order to take a photo. The one piece of good news we can share is that it looks like we will be able to save the damaged eye!
UPDATE | August 9, 2017
Bee has been released into a foster home! Finally a kind-hearted person noticed her and offered to accept her in their home while she continues to recover and while we continue the search for her forever-family. Ever since the moment of her discharge Bee has been catching up on sleep. Happy days!
UPDATE | August 31, 2017
A month has passed and we have great news on Bee! She is eating, drinking and enjoying life. The surgical sites have healed well.
We have now also removed the orthopedic wire cerclage – the fixation device securing the mandibular fractures she suffered! According to her vet, a senior surgeon in the clinic, Bee’s mouth has healed beautifully!
Have a look at the following amazing two photos. One is from the day Bee’s life-saving surgery was performed. The second is from yesterday.
Because the time had come to remove the fixation devices, we did not delay surgery until we raised the required funds.
We still need help with Bee’s medical bills and the cost of her last surgery. If you meant to but have not donated yet, we will appreciate your support now.
Bee will need a great home — message our Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can provide it! She is in Bulgaria but transport to almost anywhere in the world can be arranged if the right home is found. Share the story, comment and stay with us for updates on Facebook: Let´s Adopt! Global.
* Let’s Adopt! Global is a 501c3 charity and your donation is tax deductible. All funds will go towards the animal’s care. Any remaining funds will go to support our other rescues and mission.