Only a few animal rescue organizations have the skills, time, and passion to help animals with specific needs. Those who have battled genetic abnormalities and struggled throughout their brief lives may not always have the strength to keep fighting. These miracle infants, on the other hand, are just that. Unfortunately, some people do not overcome these challenges and succumb to their illnesses, breaking our hearts every time. Then there are those, like Mr. Fiddlesticks, who have an unquenchable desire to succeed.
And if his rescuers refuse to give up on him, Mr. Fiddlesticks will undoubtedly give it his all in that fight as well!
Mr. Fiddlesticks is currently unable to walk.
On August 20th, this squishable little face emerged in an email appeal to local animal charities in Tampa, Florida. These is unfortunately not unusual for rescues to get communications like this.
A rescuer who can open their hearts and organizations to care for these creatures is not as prevalent. Accepting these sorts of challenges, however, frequently results in loss for these people. And continuing to care for special needs animals is an emotional roller coaster.
Mr Fiddlesticks, my newest foster. When you’re feeling down, it’s nice to have something pleasant and familiar to brighten you up. I was saddened when Tucker and Ramona died. Even though I was surrounded by kittens and cats, there was still a large emptiness in my heart. I began feverishly seeking other paralyzed kittens in need, desperate to rediscover that same joy, and while knowing that no one could ever replace him, I couldn’t stop myself.
Then I took a step back and waited. I reasoned that if a special kitty required my assistance, they would find me.
Then, two days ago, my friend Gina at Pasco County Animal Services sent me a plea about a cat who couldn’t use his rear legs, and I COULD NOT RESPOND FAST ENOUGH, haha. We picked him up the other day, and he’s the loveliest little darling. Mr Fiddlesticks is doing his best to fill the hole in my heart that still there. There’s a chance he’ll be able to walk again, so we’re starting with treatment to see if we can help him.
The small kitten, on the other hand, need a wash first. And, like most felines, he didn’t like it! Hopefully he gets used to it since paralyzed animals require them to remain clean.
Thankfully, Dani is a natural photographer who captures the actual characters of her fosters for our enjoyment.