- Virginia, USA -
On Friday, February 14, an animal shelter in West Virginia took in a cat who had been shot in his tiny head with an arrow.
They rushed him to a hospital where he was given pain medication.
A veterinarian believed that the arrow had been there for at least a week.
The rescue could not financially afford the surgery necessary to remove the arrow, so they reached out to their rescue partner Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA).
The Arlington-based shelter agreed to step in to save this precious life so the furbaby was transported to them on February 15.
He was named Cupid.
Cupid was rushed to an emergency vet for X-rays, pain medication, and overnight care.
The next day Cupid underwent surgery.
AWLA wrote in their Facebook post that: “Despite the immense amount of discomfort and pain he must have been in, he started to purr every time someone talked to him, making biscuits and asking for chin scratches. It was then that we decided to name him Cupid.”
AWLA also wrote: “Amazingly, during the surgery they discovered that the arrow had not penetrated any major organs or arteries, despite passing through the right side of his head to his shoulder blade. He did however, have a very serious infection that had spread from the tip of the arrowhead to the underside of his left arm. Our vet team worked for two hours to remove the arrow (using bolt cutters to cut off the arrowhead) clean out the infection and insert drains, sew up his large wounds, and neuter him.”
Cupid has stitches across his body to repair an infection that was a result of the arrow injury.
He is still fighting off the infection.
The total bill for his hospital visit, surgery, and continuing care will be at least $6,500.
If anyone wishes to make a donation can click here.
The shelter is not accepting/considering adoption applications at this time as Cupid still has a long road to recovery.
Pictures via Animal Welfare League of Arlington