Cat who made ‘miracle’ recovery after being hit by bus finds new home
A cat who survived catastrophic injuries after being hit by a bus earlier this year is now looking forward to living in a new home forever.
Staff at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) described Trudie’s survival after being struck by the vehicle in Luton, UK on March 14 as nothing less than ” miracle”.
The 4-year-old stray suffered serious head injuries in the crash and, despite the best efforts of several witnesses at the scene, fled before receiving medical attention.
After hearing about what happened, the team of dedicated staff and volunteers at the RSPCA’s Southridge Animal Center in Hertfordshire embarked on a concerted campaign to try to find her, working with Cat Welfare Luton to spread the word.
Posters and leaflets were distributed, local vets were contacted and a call for help and information was also launched on social media.
Incredibly, some 16 days after the accident, Trudie was spotted, caught and rushed to a local vet for life-saving treatment.
His jaw, which had been completely shattered in the crash, had to be reconnected while one of his eyes was also removed. By the time she was seen by a vet, Trudie was in a critically debilitated condition, with injuries preventing her from eating.
“It is a miracle that she survived these horrific injuries,” said Southridge deputy manager Mona Jorgensen. “She showed that she was a real fighter.”
“After her operation, she was tube fed for the first week, then when she got to our cattery, we slowly weaned her off normal food and helped her start walking again.”
Named Trudie in homage to Saint Gertrude, the patron saint of cats, the staff spent the next six months treating the healthy young feline before beginning the search for a new home.
“We all spent so much time with Trudie and she had a special place in all of our hearts,” Jorgensen said. “After everything we had been through, we knew we had to find the most amazing home for him.”
This search is now over after Dennis Hooper and his partner Shirley Carter come forward to give this incredible tortoiseshell cat a place of their own.
Hooper learned of Trudie’s story from her daughter, who had desperately wanted to welcome the brave cat. When she realized that she was incapable of it, her father decided to welcome Trudie with the promise of giving her “a good life”.
“My daughter and her fiance were not suitable for Trudie as they have another cat, but we knew we could give her a lovely and quiet home,” he said.
“We’re big animal lovers, especially cats, and I knew I would choose an animal that had gone through the worst times so that I could show them a good life.”
The couple got Trudie back last week and she is settling in well in her new home.
“She’s awesome; she loves stories and she’s a real darling,” Hooper said. “She’s progressing very well. She loves spending time in the sunny veranda; she has her own chair, two armchairs and a sofa to choose from, so she moves to doze in different places!
“She loves watching the birds in the birdbath and we have a lovely big garden so once she’s ready I’m sure she’ll enjoy exploring the outdoors.
“When she was rescued she was in such a condition and was really emaciated as she hadn’t eaten in 16 days, but now she’s getting a little bit dirty so we have to cut down on her food a bit!”
“We didn’t realize how much of a star she was; she even had people from America donating to help her and asking for updates.”
A popular resident of the Southridge Animal Center, Hooper recalls moving scenes when they came to pick up Trudie to take her home.
“She had been with Southridge for a long time and the girls were almost in tears when we picked her up,” he said. “But we told them to come visit him whenever they want!”
A heartwarming happy ending, Trudie’s story comes just months after a cat was reunited with its owner after spending more than a decade living in a cemetery, being presumed dead.
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