Staff at the BC SPCA South Okanagan/Similkameen Branch are hoping for the public’s help with a cat in distress.

Staff at the BC SPCA South Okanagan/Similkameen Branch are hoping for the public’s help with a cat in distress.

SPCA calls for assistance to help injured cat

Staff at the BC SPCA South Okanagan/Similkameen Branch are hoping for the public’s help with a cat in distress.

Staff at the BC SPCA South Okanagan/Similkameen Branch are hoping for the public’s help with a cat in distress.

Four-year-old Riva, described as a sweet black cat with stunning green eyes by staff, requires surgery to relieve her discomfort. Found under a trailer with her two kittens, Riva has an old injury on her rear leg that causes it to collapse underneath her when she walks. SPCA staff said this makes moving painful for her and if left untreated, could dramatically lower her quality of life.

“Riva is a very sweet little cat whose lovely, long black coat shines in the daylight,” said BC SPCA South Okanagan/Similkameen Branch manager Carolyn Hawkins. “Her purr and precious  meows leave you unable to resist snuggling her. She just melts your heart.”

Riva’s medical costs are expected to total nearly $2,000 and she will require physiotherapy in order to help her recovery. During her recuperation, she will be living in a foster home for at least six weeks.

“Riva is such a lovely girl who was brought in with kittens and most likely had this painful injury while having the kittens and raising them,” said Hawkins. “She deserves a great life without pain and lots of love!”

If you would like to help Riva or animals like her in need at the South Okanagan/Similkameen Branch visit spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or drop off donations in person at 2200 Dartmouth Dr., Penticton.

 

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