On a hot summer day in Arkansas, a family found an injured cat on the highway close to their farm.
His wounds were so severe that it was a miracle he was even alive.
Knowing the cat was on the verge of death, the family sought out the help of an experienced rescuer.
Keep reading to see if you can uncover the truth surrounding this cat’s mysterious past…
A Heartbreaking Discovery
In late August, Sarah Richardson, a rescuer with Community Cats of Central Arkansas, stumbled upon a Facebook post in a lost & found cat group that caught her attention.
A woman was seeking help for a cat in critical condition.
“The cat desperately needed immediate medical attention,” Sarah shared with National Kitty. “The woman warned me that the pictures of the injuries were going to be graphic.”
The family who had discovered the cat lived in a rural area, therefore it was very likely someone had dumped this poor cat on the side of the road.
Without delay, Sarah sprung into action and drove to the farm.
Assessing the Damage
When Sarah got to the farm, she met the cat whom the children had named Sammy.
Sammy was malnourished, dehydrated, and infested with parasites.
“He was infested with maggots, botflies, and an unbelievable amount of fleas,” Sarah said. “The most fleas I’ve ever seen on a cat.”
Sammy was severely underweight. He was full grown, but only weighed 7 pounds.
Sadly, Sammy was declawed, which left him defenseless in a rural area with predators.
Sarah rushed Sammy home where he was injected with fluids.
She then began removing the maggots and botflies that had infested his small, weak body.
Sammy was injected with antibiotics and started an extensive treatment regimen for his flea infestation.
Sarah continued treatment each day with fingers crossed.
**WARNING: Some readers may find images of cat injuries graphic**
A Real Trooper
Sammy’s treatment was very hands-on. Even if he wanted to complain, he didn’t have the energy to do it.
Though he was too weak to react, Sarah could tell Sammy was a sweetheart.
Sammy was put on an IV because he was too weak to lift himself up to eat or drink.
The situation was grim, but Sarah had faith Sammy’s strong will to live would help him pull through.
No one knows where Sammy came from or how he ended up on a rural highway in such horrible condition.
Judging from the conditions he was found it, Sammy was very likely abandoned.
However, the mystery is unsolved.
He was declawed and neutered, meaning he had belonged to someone at some point.
There’s no telling how long this sweet boy had been living like this.
What we do know is that Sammy is now safe and on the road to recovery!
“He is eating three full meals a day,” Sarah shaid. “He’s gaining weight and the vet estimated he is 13 years old.”
Sammy is growing healthy enough to soon find a forever home!
Until then, he will enjoy being showered with love and attention from Sarah and her family.
Road to Recovery
As Sammy gradually grew healthier, glimpses of his personality started to shine through.
“In the beginning, he was so lethargic. You could not tell a personality for the first 10 days,” Sarah said. “Now, he comes out and plays. He’s so loving!”
Sammy knows Sarah saved his life. He loves to spend one-on-one time with his rescuer and purr with gratitude.
“Any time there is someone around him, he wants to be pet. He loves to be the top priority,” Sarah said.
Peaceful Golden Years
Sammy will accept nothing but star treatment, but can you blame him?
The sweet senior cat has fought a difficult battle – it’s time he relaxes in the company of a loving family.
Sarah will ensure Sammy finds the perfect home who appreciates his journey.
Thanks to Sarah, Sammy will never have to worry about being abandoned or helpless ever again!
About Our Hero
Sarah Richardson is one of the few people in Arkansas that rescues elderly cats with special needs.
Rehabilitating a cat as old and sick as Sammy is almost unheard of.
Had another rescue or shelter found him, Sammy would have almost certainly been euthanized.
Sarah is known for taking in cats that other rescuers would turn down.
She is committed to giving a second chance to cats who truly have no other options.
If it wasn’t for Sarah, many cats like Sammy would be euthanized or suffer a tragic fate on the streets.
Instead, Sarah’s rescue cats are thriving and living new lives with loving families they can call their own!
Sarah is entirely self funded. As an experienced rescuer, she attempts to reduce medical costs by treating anything she is able to on her own.
However, medical treatment for elderly cats in critical condition is often very costly and requires veterinary assistance.
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