A young kitten is recovering after being found injured on the side of the road.
The cat, only about seven weeks old and weighing just two pounds, was found on Lakeshore Road on by Niagara-on-the-Lake resident Janice White on Sept. 21.
White, who named the cat Micky, believes he was hit by a car.
When she found him, she immediately rushed him to the Virgil Animal Clinic, she said, though it was uncertain if he would survive.
“He was such a fighter that I named him Micky after Micky Ward, who was another red-headed fighter,” White said.
“He still has eight lives!” she said.
She praised the vets, saying they were fantastic in treating the kitty quickly and offered a discount on their services.
Though he is recovering, Micky will need surgery to amputate his front left leg, which is unresponsive.
The surgery is a costly operation, so White started a GoFundMe to help cover the vet bill, which has already reached $2,745.
She said the support from people in the community has been outstanding.
“Someone in the community came forward and has made arrangements for the surgery to be done by a relative who is an orthopedic surgeon for small animals,” White said.
White has since taken the cat home until his surgery and plans to put him up for adoption after he's all healed.
The money raised from the GoFundMe campaign will cover the cost of the surgery, but there is still going to be a cost to having Micky get all his vaccinations and post-op follow-ups, she said.
White said Micky is in good spirits, considering what he's been through.
“I’m so happy to see the recovery he has made. I wasn’t even sure he was going to make it alive to the vet.”
“He is tiny but vocal,” she said. “This poor boy has been through a lot in the last week.”
She thanked the community for helping to cover the costs of the surgery.
“This type of situation is tricky because the local rescues don’t have the funds to help with this type of situation and the vets still have a business to run and want to be paid. Without the GoFundMe I’m not sure what would have happened.”
She said she didn't do anything heroic. “I couldn’t leave him in the middle of the road.”