2014 seems to have been the year for stray animals. So far this year we have had 14 stray cats, 10 stray dogs, 1 stray racing pigeon, 2 stray Bearded Dragons, 1 tortoise and a rabbit!
Generally, as vets, we do not take in healthy stray dogs and cats. Healthy cats are usually owned by someone and healthy dogs are the responsibility of the local authority. Unfortunately, the Dog Wardens do not operate a 24/7 service and so we have a dilemma; do we take in healthy stray dogs, or do we leave them running free to be knocked over? Clearly, we have little choice, and although this costs the practice money, we get no remuneration from the local authority.
This picture is of Arthur whose story is not uncommon. He arrived with us as a stray, unneutered tom cat. It looks like he probably crossed one too many roads without looking properly and ended up with a badly broken leg and pelvis. By the time we saw him, the leg had semi-fixed in the wrong position, so we had to amputate. He also had infolding eyelids and a broken canine tooth which we have also corrected. No owner has come forward and he seems to prefer living on his own away from other adult cats, but thankfully he has now found his forever home!