Ten Lives Club, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
The funding awarded to Ten Lives Club through this Petfinder Foundation grant was used towards the cost of leg surgery for a cat named Eden. When Eden arrived at our shelter and was examined by our on-site veterinary staff, it was thought she had fractured her front left leg, possibly due to being hit by a vehicle.
For a more in-depth look at her injury, Eden was sent for a radiograph, to be performed at a private veterinary practice. It was determined that Eden's front humerus bone was indeed fractured. This left Ten Lives Club with a choice between two options: have Eden's front left leg completely amputated, or opt for a more expensive surgery involving intramedullary pin placement. The second option was not a guaranteed success, as Eden could still face leg amputation in the future if her leg did not heal properly and continued to cause her difficulties.
We ultimately opted to take a chance on the pin surgery in the hopes of avoiding Eden having to lose a limb at all costs. Eden's surgery was performed successfully, and she was allowed to recover in the care of an experienced foster home. Her continuing treatment post-surgery involved routine antibiotics. After eight weeks, Eden was again taken in for a second procedure to remove the pins that had been placed in her leg.
This grant made easier the decision to opt for a costlier intramedullary pin surgery for Ten Lives Club cat Eden, as opposed to limb amputation. Eden's pin surgery proved to be a great success and she has regained full use of her leg in the months following her surgery. We consider this an absolutely fantastic outcome and are thankful to have been able to elect to save Eden's leg, providing her an overall better quality of life.
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Eden, found in the town of Eden, NY, entered into Ten Lives Club’s care in April of 2020 during the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. A good Samaritan found Eden after the cat was thought to have been hit by a car, and brought her to Ten Lives Club for help.
When Eden arrived at our shelter and was examined by our vet staff, it was thought she had fractured her front left leg. For a more in-depth look, she was sent for an x-ray to be performed at a private veterinary practice. It was determined that her leg was indeed broken, and possibly had been for some time.
We at Ten Lives Club were faced with a difficult decision to either have Eden’s leg amputated, or schedule a costlier surgery to have pins placed in her leg in hopes of repairing it. Though the pin surgery could not guarantee that Eden would regain the use of her leg, that option is ultimately what we decided on — and we are so thankful we did!
Eden’s surgery was performed and she spent time recovering in one of our experienced foster homes. She slowly began to put weight on her leg, which was a great sign that she was healing well. In June, she was able to be spayed, and she is now out of foster care and ready to find her forever home! After all that she has gone through in the past several months, Eden is still a sweet, gentle girl.
Eden is still waiting for her forever home as of Aug. 28, 2020. Those interested in meeting this sweet girl can view her Petfinder profile here.