On an autumn day, a lady was feeding her group of feral cats when she noticed a strange new feline roaming around in search of food. Upon seeing the cat, she felt a sense of unease and knew that something was amiss. As she delved deeper, the truth was revealed, which left her completely taken aback. The situation was worse than she could have ever anticipated. However, don’t stop reading just yet! Read on to find out how this enigmatic cat’s plea for aid was answered in a miraculous fashion.
A Surprising Encounter
Sarah Richardson, a passionate rescuer of cats residing in Little Rock, AR, was providing food to her feral colony of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) cats when an unfamiliar feline mysteriously appeared out of nowhere.
Sarah sensed that something was off about this cat. She observed the cat’s movements and noticed that it was having difficulty navigating the area.
Trying to approach the cat, Sarah frightened it, causing the cat to bolt.
Sarah was determined to help the unfamiliar cat but had to be strategic in her approach. Being aware that the cat might have health issues, she installed a gentle trap for it.
To Sarah’s surprise, after five days of waiting, the enigmatic white cat finally walked into her trap!
After getting a closer look at the cat, Sarah was in disbelief…
A Surprising Find
Sarah was taken aback when she realized that the feline was unable to perceive any sounds or sights. To her astonishment, he seemed unaware of being confined in the trap as he wandered aimlessly, knocking into the edges as if he couldn’t perceive his environment. It made her wonder how he had managed to survive all alone while being blind and deaf. Despite appearing malnourished, she couldn’t find any other injuries on his body.
Nonetheless, his eyes were in dreadful condition.
Sarah shared that “It was really, really terrible. They were almost entirely closed.”
Despite being in obvious agony, Sarah couldn’t help but be reminded of Olaf from Frozen due to his adorable personality and stunning white coat. As a result, she gave him the same name!
The following day, Sarah brought Olaf to the veterinarian for an examination and necessary medical care.
The truth was uncovered by Sarah, as she had a hunch that Olaf, her pet dog, was struggling with some serious health issues. It turned out that Olaf was not only deaf, but also blind due to a rare eye condition known as entropion. This condition caused his eyelids to fold inward, which in turn made his eyelashes grow inwards too. Unfortunately, this condition had caused damage to his eyes every time he moved his eyelids resulting in severe pain for the poor dog. The vet confirmed Sarah’s suspicions and it was clear that Olaf had been through a great deal of suffering.
Olaf’s eyes had undergone considerable damage, leaving the veterinarians uncertain of how much vision he could regain. As a short-term solution, the vet stitched Olaf’s eyelids together to prevent further harm to his eyes. It was evident that Olaf felt more at ease without having to endure constant irritation.
Olaf’s eyelids were sewn temporarily, but it was necessary to take him to a specialist for eye surgery. However, the surgery cost was exorbitant, and securing funding for it would not be easy. Typically, cats like Olaf are put down in the cat rescue community due to insufficient funds to cover expensive surgeries. Despite the challenges, Sarah persisted in her quest to help Olaf. She contacted Susan from FuRR, Feline Rescue & Rehome in Central Arkansas, who welcomed Olaf with open arms and readily agreed to assist with his surgery.
Thanks to FuRR, Sarah successfully connected with a specialist who carried out the much-needed eye surgery on Olaf. The surgery brought great relief to Olaf, who had been experiencing constant pain from his eye condition. To top it off, Olaf also gained partial vision from the procedure. Although his eye looked a bit rough for the initial two weeks after the surgery, Sarah was thrilled when she saw his beautiful, big blue eyes after he opened them.
Olaf’s Journey to Healing
The resilience of Olaf, a deaf and blind dog who survived in the wilderness for an extended period, left every veterinarian who examined him awe-inspired. When he was saved, he was around two to three years old, demonstrating his survival instincts and determination to live. As Olaf recovers some of his eyesight, his future is looking brighter with every passing day!
After his surgery, Sarah worked with FuRR to locate the perfect living arrangement for Olaf. Due to his limited interactions with humans before being rescued, he remained nervous and required socialization. Finding a suitable home for him was no easy task, but FuRR devised an excellent plan to address this challenge.
With a happy ending in sight, FuRR made the decision to have Olaf adopted by their organization because of his unique needs. Sarah happily shared that he was able to move into a sanctuary for cats where he now lives in a cat room with his very own catio and cat friend. Olaf has since thrived in his new home and enjoys being pampered and cared for by his loving caretakers. Thanks to the efforts of Sarah and FuRR, Olaf was saved from an uncertain fate and given a forever home filled with safety and love. He can now live the rest of his days without any worries about being alone and sick on the streets.
FuRR is a wonderful organization that has helped save the lives of many cats, including the beloved Olaf, who were suffering from complex medical conditions. The organization is dedicated to rescuing cats that have been abandoned, abused, or surrendered to animal shelters for euthanasia. One of the ways FuRR helps control the feral cat population is by promoting and practicing TNR (trap, neuter, return). By doing so, they not only help reduce overpopulation but also improve the quality of life for feral cats. FuRR goes above and beyond by providing medical attention, socialization, and love to cats in need. Their ultimate goal is to find loving homes for all adoptable cats. Join FuRR in their mission to make the world a better place for cats!