After sharing the story of Dora, an eight-week-old kitten who was born with a rare birth defect, the Annex Cat Rescue raised over $22,000 in donations to pay for her surgery and after-care. Dora was born with an imperforate anus, which means she had no bum hole and as a result, first came to the vet with signs of severe constipation.
“Dora has miraculously survived to eight weeks without ever being able to pass a bowel movement (although she gets in the litterbox and tries), and she has a painful and life-threatening amount of fecal matter built up in her colon,” the cat rescue wrote in its initial update.
They noted Dora also had a tear between her colon and vagina, and she would need immediate surgery to save her life at the cost of $6,500. She would also need extensive after-care and follow-ups due to the severity of her condition.
On June 13, the cat rescue shared the update that Dora was struggling to recover, and would continue receiving 24-hour care at the clinic. Later, on June 15, the vet performed another surgery on Dora to remove some of the blockages in her colon.
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Finally, the Annex Cat Rescue foster coordination team shared the news that Dora was on the mend and that she would be fostered by one of the coordinators, Jacqueline.
“We have a very happy Dora update: she’s doing so well that she was released from the emergency vet hospital today,” a member of the team noted.
Dora’s new foster mom Jacqueline said the kitten is finally in good spirits following her stay at the Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic (CTVRC) and is happy to be going home.
“She had a few more poops overnight and so was discharged with flying colours by CTVRC, and she spent the day at her regular vet clinic (Roncy Village Vet) bouncing around like a jumping bean and happily distracting the staff by climbing onto their shoulders,” she says. “She is celebrating her freedom and thrilled to go home (she finally got tuckered out and fell asleep on my lap). She goes back to see her vet at CTVRC on Monday for another recheck.”
In an Instagram post, the cat rescue wrote that Dora still has a long road to recovery, but they’re immensely grateful to the team at the CTVRC and the Roncy Vet for taking care of Dora. The team doesn’t currently have an estimate on when she will be available for adoption.