Out on Call: A Saintly Cat

In the middle of February 2018, TNR Trust got contacted by Joe, a member of the All Saints Cathedral Church choir with a heart for animals. He had spotted a friendly cat with an old leg injury roaming around All Saints Cathedral. We were afraid that the leg might need an amputation…

One of our volunteers took up the call, picked up a transport crate from a trustee and headed over to the cathedral to meet up with Joe. Armed with some tasty treats, our volunteer was able to lure the cat into the crate and brought it immediately to the St. Austin’s vet, one of the vets helping TNR Trust. The passenger was very well behaved during the car ride to the vet and, apart from some confused meows, there were no complaints.

Joey at the vet you can see the back leg is just a stump

Joey at the vet you can see the back leg is just a stump

The vet team and clinic surgeon examined the cat’s injured leg upon arival and found in good conditions as no wound, dangerous bone splinters or infection was found. No medical treatment or operation was needed for the stump. The cat, nicknamed Joey after its Guardian Angel, received a vaccination against Rabies and got neutered.

Once Joey was recovered from the operation, we brought him back to All Saints Cathedral, which has a kitchen open 7 days a week and Joey gets looked after by the cat-loving kitchen crew. We also handed over Joey’s vaccination certificate to them and explained that his stump was okay and why he got vaccinated against rabies.

Joey back at All Saints Cathedral, where he can continue being an efficient rodent hunter!

Joey back at All Saints Cathedral, where he can continue being an efficient rodent hunter!

WHY DID JOEY GET A RABIES VACCINATION?

Rabies is a viral disease that is nearly always fatal. Infected dogs and cats cause more than 99% of rabies cases in humans. In Kenya approximately 2000 humans die from
the disease annually, 40% of these are children under 15.

Now that Joey got a vaccination against Rabies, he is safe for people to approach him.

WHY WAS JOEY NEUTERED?

Spay (females) and neuter (males) are surgical procedures performed by a vet to prevent animals from reproducing. Why? Simply because there are too many animals. Nairobi has an enormous per overpopulation problem – next to all the stray dogs and cats the KSPCA and TNR Trust handle, there are also a vast number of companion animals that are no longer wanted.

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