Life on the streets can be hard for cats. They often suffer from injuries, hunger, pests, and so much more.
Usually, when a feral cat is hit by a car, it’s devastating for their future. They’re likely to be euthanized or, if they escape, live in pain with untreated injuries.
But that wasn’t the case for a feral cat named Siri. In fact, getting hit by a car may have been one of the best things to happen to her.
Siri was hit by a car on the freeway and a Good Samaritan managed to capture her and bring her home. Unsure what to do with the injured feline, they texted Hope For Paws and asked if they could help.
Katie McKittrick responded to the text for help and went to get the cat and bring it to the vet.
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“Handling a feral cat and even worse, an injured one, could be extremely dangerous,” Hope For Paws said in the YouTube video below. Despite the risks, McKittrick used a blanket to grab the cat, who didn’t fight back.
Once secured in the pet carrier, they drove to the vet and discovered the Siri had a broken femur and would need surgery. She also had a microchip and clipped ear – a sign that she’d been caught and released to a feral cat colony in the past.
The working cat program allows feral cats, who might otherwise be euthanized, to provide free, eco-friendly pest control to farms and businesses, and in return, they get food, shelter, care, and freedom.
Feral cats aren’t often suited for the life of a pet, but they can enjoy living in a farm setting or around a business, where the owners can look after them from a comfortable distance. The cats have the freedom that they’re used to but aren’t subjected to the harsh conditions of life on their own.
According to the National Kitten Coalition, an estimated 41% of cats (1.4 million) brought into shelters are euthanized each year.
Given Siri’s feral background and her injury, it’s likely that she would’ve met the low criteria for euthanasia as a cat, had Hope for Paws and the Kitty Bungalow not stepped up to help.
Instead, she found a forever home living on a farm with a few other working cats. She has freedom, community, food, and shelter – and it’s all thanks to a few people who wouldn’t give up on her.
Watch the video below to see more of Siri and her resuce:
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