A Lifesaving Journey for Carson the Cat

by Kimberly Wade

There probably aren’t many people who value their jobs so much that they look forward to coming to work every day. You know, the people who brag about their work, share unlimited stories of good and consistently make a difference for someone else. Well, now you can say you know one of those people—me.

One of the things I love about my job is that I get to be very hands-on with certain animals—those that need some extra TLC and a marketing push to help them find love. Whether a foster situation for young kittens, a medical challenge, or simply a shy pet, I get to work with those who, in my opinion, are just a little more special. Don’t get me wrong, I love all animals and everyone that comes through Nevada Humane Society is special, but some animals tug at your heart just a bit more than others. Carson the cat is one of those and, well, here we go again. You heard Donner’s story not long ago; now meet our latest Lifesaving Adventure.

Carson, at first glance, is beyond adorable. He’s young, only about two, and buff in color—a very light orange tabby. His acceptance of people is off the charts and he will always make you smile. His purr is constant, and he kneads his paws every time someone looks at him. Everything about him is fabulous except….

Carson was found in Carson City, on the side of the road. Our Nevada Humane Society Animal Control Officers found him and brought him immediately to Carson Tahoe Vet to stabilize him. The next morning, he was transferred to our shelter in Reno, where we have a clinic and full veterinary team. After a variety of tests, radiographs and exams, it was determined that Carson had a broken jaw, bruising and scrapes throughout his body, and not one but TWO broken front legs. His radiographs showed such severe breaks in both legs that we knew he would have to see a specialist. Carson’s Lifesaving Adventure was about to begin. Here’s the best part. Through it all, Carson purred, kneaded his paws, and head-butted everyone. His strength was admirable.

Our very own Dr. Slatin went to work on Carson. His first surgery was to get his jaw wired so that it could heal. I watched it myself—and watching miracles happen is awesome. Carson did great and was ready for dinner later that night, broken jaw or not! He was set up with pain meds and a fluffy bed and began a few days of rest. Step one was complete.

So what’s the next step? Well, he’s got an appointment with Sierra Veterinary Specialists—and his outcome looks good—but you’ll have to wait for Part Two of Carson’s Lifesaving Adventure to see what happens next. What we can tell you is that he is happy, doing well, and his journey has only just begun. Follow Carson on our Facebook Page and offer support to him by donating to Nevada Humane Society’s Emily’s Fund, a fund specifically provided to care for sick and injured pets. Call 775-856-2000 ext. 324 to donate today and don’t worry, we’ll be giving updates on our favorite little kitty very soon!

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