Tobias had life-saving surgery on Thursday, February 22. He's not out of the woods yet, and we need your help to ensure he receives the best chance at a fresh start.
When he was found, he was stuck to a glue trap and brought to Dane County Humane Society. He was so frightened that he wasn’t able to receive a full examination before coming to us.
When he arrived at Madison Cat Project, he was scared, dehydrated and hungry. We gave him all the wet food he could eat, gave him fluids and kept a close eye on him.
During Tobias' intake exam with us, we found several large, infected wounds on the sides of his abdomen. We suspect that Tobias sustained significant trauma, something similar to being hit by a car.
He was also having trouble breathing. At first, we thought the difficulty breathing was just due to the pain of his injuries. However, after we cleaned the wounds his breathing didn’t improve.
We needed to find out what was wrong, so we took him to Spring Harbor Animal Hospital for x-rays. Through those x-rays, we found he had a diaphragmatic hernia. What this means is there is a hole in the muscle that separates his chest from his abdomen. His liver and small intestine were up in his chest, compressing his lungs so he couldn't breathe normally.
This is a life threatening condition, so we knew we needed to fix it or humanely euthanize him. We immediately chose to fix it and give Tobias a chance at life.
Unfortunately, our shelter isn't equipped to perform the surgery that would fix the hernia, so we needed more help.
On Thursday, February 22, we took Tobias to Madison Veterinary Specialists, where Dr. John Silbernagel performed the surgery to replace his liver and small intestine to their proper spot, and close the hole between the chest and the abdomen.
Between the surgery, recovery stay and other care he will need, Tobias’ total cost during his stay with us will be upwards of $3,000. He’ll have a few more weeks of recovery, and he needs to have some dental work done before he can head to his forever home.
It’s a lot, we know, but Tobias didn't have any other options, and we knew we had to help.
Will you donate toward Tobias’ care, so we can continue to say yes to cats who need us?"