CLEVELAND — In November, a Northeast Ohio family notified the The Cleveland Animal Protective League that a small, injured cat was living in their yard. The cat, which the family named Purrnelope, was dragging her back leg and not eating well.
The family worried about the kitten and brought the little five pound ball of fur to the Cleveland APL so that she could get treatment.
The APL's veterinary team discovered that little Purrnelope had a diaphragmatic hernia and she needed special, costly surgery to make her well.
The Cleveland APL's Second Chance Program fund is used to give medical care for injured and ill animals who need help. It is funded by donations from the public. In Purrnelope's case, more money was needed to pay for her surgery.
The Cleveland APL turned to their Facebook page and posted a fundraiser to help pay for Purrnelope's care. Nearly $2,000 was raised for her surgery and some additional donations also came in through other sources.
Purrnelope had surgery last week to repair her hernia and she was also spayed. She is doing well and recovering in a foster home where she will stay until she is well enough to be put up for adoption.