UTAH – A cat found dragging himself by his own two front legs into a Starbucks drive-thru is getting a new chance at life thanks to the diligence of a network of nonprofit animal rescues.
The silver-furred tabby who has bright blue eyes, named Bruno, was fortunate to drag himself into the Starbucks drive-thru in St. George late one night back in March where he was spotted by a volunteer from the animal rescue group P.A.W.S. (short for Providing Animals With Support).
P.A.W.S event coordinator Sabrina Todd scooped him up that night and brought him to the organization’s headquarters for initial treatment.
“Most likely his back end got clipped by a car,” Todd stated of the injury.
Having determined that the cat was indeed a stray, Todd then consulted Kris Neal of the nonprofit cat rescue One More Chance. Neal, who is quite experienced in dealing with injured stray and feral cats, referred Bruno to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab.
Best Friends is a nonprofit animal sanctuary that has an extensive facility equipped to house and treat just about any kind of animal.
Another volunteer from P.A.W.S. ended up driving Bruno to the sanctuary the next day to diagnose the injury.
An X-ray showed extreme damage to both back legs, including a broken haunch on one hind leg and also a broken ankle on the other.
“The easiest and most cost-effective decision is to amputate because cats only need one leg back there to survive,” Todd explained. “Usually, when an animal loses a leg, they adjust just fine.”
However, even further examination showed that the cat had been in that condition for some time.
“The leg with the broken haunch had gone untreated for too long, as well as the other leg,” Todd stated, “so the leg with the broken ankle wasn’t strong enough to be the only leg back there.”