Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blog the Change for Animals: Giving Nolan a Second Chance #BtC4A

Blog the Change

I had something completely different planned for this month's Blog the Change, but it all got sidelined when this little guy showed up in my Facebook news feed:

Meet Nolan. Share Nolan.

Can you imagine living on the street as a cat with only half of your limbs? Visualize trying to hobble through the Wyoming snow, barely able to hold yourself up with your one front leg and one back leg. You can’t chase prey; you can’t even jump up into a dumpster in a desperate attempt to find some old moldy scraps thrown out by humans. You can’t run away from danger, or climb to safety. Every day, you get hungrier and hungrier, thinner and thinner, until you barely have the energy to move. Your body begins to shut down. You have given up on life.

And then, finally, someone finds you. They take you to a shelter, and they send you to a rescue. People give you food. They hold you. They tell you everything will be okay. And as you look up their faces, purring, more grateful than you have ever been in your whole life, you start to believe them. Because this is Second Chance, and now you will know what life should be like: filled with love; filled with hope.

Please donate to Nolan today – he needs your help! All donations are tax-deductible. If you can’t donate, please SHARE his story!


I could not get this little angel out of my head and started going through subsequent posts on the Second Chance Sheridan Cat Rescue's Facebook page. Here is what I learned:

Nolan was found with only two legs, and he had cuts and bruises covering his entire body, making it look like “he climbed up into an old car hood for warmth and was chopped up by something like a fan belt when the owner started the car.” He had severe frostbite on his ears and tail; the tip of his tail fell off after his bath because the tissue was dead. He also tested positive for FIV.

Then came the worst news of all. The lady who found him and took him to the shelter had just witnessed him being tossed out of a car. His legs had already been cut off. They believe that one leg was cut off about three months ago, and the other leg was cut off a month ago. He is terrified of men.

He has been stabilized and currently Nolan is scheduled for surgery tomorrow, April 16th. The vet will pull the extra skin over his front stump so it's not so exposed and remove his broken tooth. He also has a hernia, but they are leaving that alone for now because it's not causing him pain and cutting open his tummy would be too traumatic to his system right now.

I'm not going to spend time questioning what kind of a monster could do such a thing because it makes me too angry to coherently put words together. Such a "human being" shouldn't even be alive as far as I'm concerned. The most important thing we can do is make sure that Nolan lives the rest of his life knowing nothing but love, joy, and happiness. 

If you’d like to donate to the Rescue to help Nolan, you can do so on Paypal. They also have an Amazon wish listHe recently received a cosmic catnip toy which the shelter called "the most amazing thing that has ever happened to him." (Check out their Facebook page for amazing video of him.) At the top of their wish list right now is Whiskas Purrfectly Fish, the only wet food he'll eat. He loves belly rubs and head bops.

Please share Nolan's story wherever you can. Thank you.


KimT said...

Unbelievable. And heartbreaking. It always amazes me, as tough as cats are, people put them through some horrendous things sometimes. Best wishes, Nolan, and love to you!

Thank you for blogging the change for animals!

The Swiss Cats said...

Poor little guy ! We miss the words, even in French, to say what we feel and what we mean ! Good luck, furry pal ! Purrs

Unknown said...

Oh, poor Nolan! Prayers that his surgery goes well. Amazing that he wasn't put down right away. Thank goodness for people who care. ~Rascal and Rocco

Peggy Frezon said...

I find it unfathomable how cruel people can be...and really, that sounds way too mild. But also, so wonderful that there are heroes who help and rescue and love these animals as well. All my best to dear, brave Nolan. I pray he'll get the help and love he so deserves. Thank you for blogging the change for animals.
Peggy, BtC4A and Peggy's Pet Place

Everycat said...

Poor little fella and what a marvellous rescue going the extra mile for the little lad. I am sending him lots of purrs and love. Get well soon Nolan and I hope you find a wonderful forever home. If you were in the UK, you could come and share my home with me

Mungo xx


It breaks our hearts...totally. Sharing all of the above information.

A Tonk's Tail said...

Oh this is just heartbreaking. Thank you for raising awareness about Nolan's plight.

CatInTheFridge said...

What kind of monster does this to a helpless creature? I'm sending him all the love I can muster from far away and hope that he can get past the cruelty to find happiness with a kind soul. - Crepes.

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

This is beyond heartbreaking! Thank you for sharing! I just tweeted, wish I could do more but unfortunately right now I can't :(

Unknown said...

It breaks my heart to see this poor little guy. You know his fear of men comes from his horrible mistreatment. Thank you to Second Chance Sheridan Cat Rescue for taking Nolan and providing him with a bright future filled with loving, caring humans.

Random Felines said...

we are SO glad he is getting a second chance with MUCH better people in his life.

Jans Funny Farm said...

How horribly sad! So glad Nolan was rescued and will have a chance at life.

Lara Elizabeth said...

Poor dear little guy. I'm tweeting this.

Angel The Alien said...

Our only hope is that, for every evil person who does something like this to an animal (or a child, or any being more vulnerable than they are) there are a thousand people like Nolan's rescuers, and like the people sharing his story and making donations, who will do good things to counteract the bad. I hope Nolan gets healthy and finds a safe and wonderful home!

Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Purrs for Nolan, may he have a long happy life from here on in

Kitty Cat Chronicles said...

Wow. This breaks my heart. People can be so unbelievably cruel. We are so thankful that Nolan was found and turned into a shelter who is helping him. We hope that he recovers from everything and adapts well to life with two limbs! Thanks for sharing his story.

Cathy Keisha said...

OMC! This made TW cry. I hope that monster who did it gets HIS limbs cut off. Sending healing purrs to Nolan. I hope the rest of his little life will be much brighter.

Cats Herd You said...

Poor Nolan! We're glad he is in such good hands now and is getting love and care.

jank1961 said...

What a heartbreaking story. I can't even think about how he ended up that way, I just hope he gets all the help he needs to get healthy and ends up in a happy, loving home. Shared.
Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

meowmeowmans said...

OMC. That's horrible. It makes me cry to think of Nolan being tortured and abused like that. I'm so glad he has been found and is being loved and taken care of now.

GLOGIRLY said...

We are so happy you blogged about Nolan. My heart broke into pieces when I read his story. It still makes me cry and wish that I could hold him tight and tell him everything is gong to be okay. We are so very happy that he is finally in good hands and getting the care he needs and deserves. We hope and pray he will never ever want for love again.

Kim Clune said...

I read this the moment you posted it, as I posted just minutes after you did. I wrote a book of a comment and then it got lost. I'm sorry I didn't get to come back until now to try again. Maybe it's for the best. I'll try to be less wordy.

I was in tears after this post, so angry right along side you for the circumstances this cat has suffered, but also so relieved that he is in care that will help him not only survive but to thrive. Thank you so much for sharing this story. This is exactly what being a voice to the voiceless is all about.

Thanks for Blogging the Change,
Kim Clune

Unknown said...

How awful. For any animal to be abused so viciously is beyond understanding. For him at least there will be a happy ending. Thanks for sharing that he was rescued.

Pup Fan said...

Oh, Nolan. Poor sweet boy. I don't even know what to say, but thank you for sharing his story.

Sorry I'm so late in stopping by, but I'm very glad that I did.

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