Jessie is a beautiful little kitten who started out living as a feral on a mine in Polokwane. She was part of a trapping and sterilising project, but when Timene, the lady who rescued her, noticed she was injured she knew she could not release her again. Jessie could not survive in that condition and would suffer immensely.
Timene brought her to Petsave as they specialise in special needs rescue animals and help those who ordinarily might not have the opportunity. Jessie was extremely underweight and malnourished, so she was placed with Petsave’s very special foster parents, Steph and Brad Acar, who assist them with their injured and special needs kittens.
X-rays were done and confirmed that Jessie had a broken pelvis so she would most likely need surgery and a lot of rehabilitation. Poor Jessie must have suffered a terrible trauma to have been injured so badly. Even though it would be a costly procedure, she had survived the ordeal with an extraordinary will to live so they knew they had to do whatever was necessary to give her a second chance and a happy, long life.
Amazingly, Jessie went from being a shy and for the most part immobile kitten, to being a confident, happy, playful kitten in just a matter of weeks. She started to use her legs and even play and climb. With the TLC her caring foster parents gave her, she gained a lot of strength and it was unbelievable how much she recovered in such a short space of time.
During this recovery period Petsave found a wonderful family to adopt her. They were specifically looking to adopt a special needs kitten. Having had a special needs cat in the past, they would be a perfect match for her.
Jessie was adopted by the Nicholson family and welcomed with open arms and lots of love. Unfortunately, shortly after her adoption, Jessie had yet another obstacle to overcome. She was diagnosed with Mycoplasma haemofelis, a bacterium that causes anaemia. Being the amazing little kitty that she is though, she fought hard and with the loving, attentive, round-the-clock care her new family gave her, she surprised everyone again and in a few days was bright and happy.
Jessie the Hero Pet is a true survivor and is determined to enjoy life to the fullest, regardless of everything she has been through. This is testament to the strength and courage of animals and very specifically special needs animals – they never give up and truly are an inspiration.
If you would like to find out more about adopting a special needs animal or how you can help Petsave, please contact Lauren Námer at Petsave: firstname.lastname@example.org or 072 731 7397. You can also visit their Facebook page.
Text and photography: Lauren Námer
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