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Smokey Joe is a strong, little, feline rescue that could really use your help. Wandering the streets for sometime, this poor baby developed one nasty eye infection that couldn’t be treated until now! Their rescuer and foster, Vanessa has done all she can to rehabilitate Smokey Joe and give him a better life. Now, Smokey Joe just needs Enucleation Surgery in order to live the happy, healthy life he deserves.
The following story was written by Vanessa Campos:
“This incredible rescue of Smokey Joe… took place on May 30, 2018, in Selma, CA.
Someone posted on the FaceBook Group FOSTER FUR BOTTLE BABY about finding two tiny kittens, in a 100-degree weather on someone’s lawn and in a really bad shape… covered in urine and feces, eaten by maggots, malnourished, barely able to lift their heads, “on the brink of death”.
Maggots were invading every orifice, but they particularly favored Smokey Joe’s eye sockets. A rescuer transported the kittens to a temporary foster home in Selma, California. After accessing their condition, temporary foster requested transport to FFBB group’s official vet, Dr. Jessica Palacios. Their condition was grim and Andie Allan who runs FOSTER FUR BOTTLE BABY group with her wonderful rescue team gave her consent where I would decide whether these kittens could be saved or humanely euthanized if they were too far gone.
At first sight, I was leaning toward euthanasia. I am an RVT and I am no stranger to maggot infestations, but the maggot to the surface area was just unreal! Knowing that sometimes things look a lot worse than they truly are, I decided to clean them up and attempt to feed them and see how they responded. Once cleaned up, both kittens responded well to a small meal. They were fighters and at that moment I knew I had to give them a chance.
At 10 p.m. we were at Dr. Jessica Palacios’ office. After the exam, Smokey was prescribed much-needed medications. We then headed to Andie Allan, who is our Certified Holistic pet healer. She provided all of the supportive supplements and holistic remedies needed for their full anticipated long recovery. The kittens started to show improvement right away…Smokey Joe believed to have very limited vision in one eye and no vision in other, followed Lady Day everywhere. She was his seeing guide.
After the course of antibiotics, both oral and ocular, we decided to discontinue Smokey Joe’s eye meds altogether. We had to determine whether or not he would need to have the remainder of his eye removed. Unfortunately, his eye became inflamed with yellow discharge, only two days after meds were discontinued. He is still on eye medications and recommendation is for the eye removal to be performed the sooner the better.
Lady Day and Smokey have a wonderful home lined up. Their new family is anxious to have them! They will be ready to move in as soon as Smokey is recovered from his Enucleation surgery. With your help, we can give these kittens the happy ending they deserve!”
Please Help Smokey Joe!