A small kitten found abandoned in a rural area on Bear Mountain just south of Dawson Creek survived -30C temperatures, but lost the toes on her right front paw due to frostbite. Now, BC SPCA South Peace Branch staff are hoping the public can help the adorable three-month-old female, named Ms. Shivers, have a chance to live a much warmer life.
“She’s the sweetest thing – even though she was in extreme pain on intake, she loves to cuddle and purr,” says BC SPCA South Peace Branch manager Wendy Davies.
“Ms. Shivers’ story highlights why we encourage pet guardians to keep their pets safely indoors in such extremely cold weather. These types of injuries are completely preventable.”
The medical costs for Ms. Shivers’ surgery and recovery are expected to be $2,000. A non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies primarily on public donations to help the province’s most vulnerable animals.
“Even with some toes removed, Ms. Shivers can still live out the rest of her nine lives as a happy, active cat,” Davies says.
“Her purrs could melt the coldest of hearts! When she’s available for adoption, I don’t think it will be hard to find a loving, forever home for such a sweet kitten.”
If you can help Ms. Shivers and others like her at the BC SPCA South Peace Branch, you can donate online at spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or in person at 637 114th Ave., Dawson Creek.