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1,000 Cats & Kittens Rescued – Meet Bunny

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September 14th 2018 is the day the MEOW co. No-Kill Cat Shelter rescued it’s 1,000th cat since opening our doors back in January 2017. 

Not only was it an great feeling to have been a part of an amazing team that saved a thousand lives in less than Two years, but it was made even better because it’s the day I got to meet and rescue Bunny from the Kern County Animal Shelter. 

Bunny was taken in by KCAS and was housed at their kitten nursery before being transferred up to the main shelter in Bakersfield, CA.

But the kitten wasn’t your average feline. She suffers from Megaesophagus – a condition in which the esophagus is enlarged and lacks the ability to properly move food and liquid down to the stomach. 

When Bunny was rescued and taken in by our organization, she was already diagnosed with pneumonia by KCAS Veterinarian Dr. Wilson, which is believed to be a result of the Megaesophagus. *The Megaesophagus caused Bunny to aspirate her food.

Because of her condition, Bunny needs to eat in a sitting/standing position so gravity can do its thing and let the food go down to the stomach properly.

In addition to the Megaesophagus, Bunny also has Two deformed front arms and paws along with Seven toes on both of her back legs.

When she stands up on her back legs, she looks like a little bunny rabbit hence the name.

Bunny is a purrfect example of the types of felines MEOW co. rescues and cares for. Though she living at the county shelter, she wasn’t an ideal candidate for adoption due to all the medical issues she has as well as the potential risks and complications she’s vulnerable for.

Everytime she’s done eating, either myself or my husband (yes, we’re currently fostering her at our home) has to hold her in an upright position until she stops gurgling so she doesn’t aspirate.

We typically have to hold her for 10-15 minutes before we can set her back down.

And, because of the risk of food getting stuck in her esophagus, we can’t leave any of our other kitty’s food on the ground. 

Bunny pretty much needs to be monitored 24/7 so that means I get to take her with me nearly everywhere I go in a special cat carrier backpack. She loves car rides and meeting new people so she doesn’t mind the constant traveling.

Bunny may be our 1,000th rescue, but she certainly isn’t our last. Here’s to the next thousand abandoned cats & kittens rescued. 

Thank you to everyone who donates and supports our mission. If it wasn’t for people like you, we wouldn’t be able to save special needs kitties like Bunny. Save the Kitties.

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Melanie Mariano

Melanie is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the MEOW co. Cat Shelter in Bakersfield, CA.

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