Markus, a two-and-a-half-year-old tabby cat, arrived in the care of the South Peace BC SPCA Branch under truly unfortunate circumstances. In an effort to ‘home neuter’, someone tied up Markus’ scrotum and the tip of his penis with an elastic band, leaving him in excruciating pain.
“A Good Samaritan had seen Markus out on a rural property for quite some time and figured he had to be stray. He was in a lot of pain and had to undergo emergency surgery,” says South Peace BC SPCA Branch manager Wendy Davies.
Markus’ surgery was to remove the tip of his penis and his scrotum, but unfortunately he still has a rough recovery ahead and could possibly need another follow-up surgery as he is struggling to urinate.
The cost of caring for Markus is expecting to exceed $4,000 and staff at the South Peace BC SPCA are hoping people can help this sweet, social boy so he can move onto finding a forever home. A non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies primarily on donations from the public to help the province’s most vulnerable animals.
“After Markus is fully healed he would be such a gem for anyone to adopt. Even now, as he is still recovering, he’s been in the best spirits,” says Davies. “He’s a curious cat who loves people. He’s affectionate, loves to give head bumps and he purrs up a storm!”
While Markus’ situation is highly unfortunate, his case is an example of the importance of seeking proper, professional care for spay and neuter needs.
“You should never try to neuter or spay your pet yourself. There are so many options available to have this done properly and safely at low- or even no-cost spay neuter clinics. Turning to your local vet and BC SPCA hospitals in your community is the right and responsible move,” Davies notes.
If you want to help Markus and other animals like him in need at the South Peace BC SPCA, you can donate online at spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or in person at 637 114 Ave., Dawson Creek.