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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fundraiser planned for one-eyed kitty in need of surgery, home

Abandoned Animal Welfare is seeking help for a small survivor -- six-week-old Donny, a kitty with long black hair and a special will to live.

The group, which operates strictly on public donations, found him covered in infected puncture wounds in Cleveland about five weeks ago, lying in the sun next to his dead litter-mate.

"He was attacked by another animal, we're guessing," said Michelle, who works with the group. "It could have been a raccoon, it could have been another cat. His wounds had all abscessed and he was a mess. I didn't think he would make it through the night."

Donny did, but once he was finally old enough to open his eyes, his foster folks realized that his right eye was missing. Now a vet says he'll need the remainder of the eye removed and the socket sewn shut in order to go on.

Abandoned Animal Welfare will hold a fund-raiser for that surgery from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Mayfield Heights Oreck store at 5891 Mayfield Road.

Michelle kind of laughed when asked to describe Donny, who will also attend the fundraiser and enjoy the attention, she said: "He's really feisty. He's got a lot of personality. He's very people-oriented because he's been bottle-fed."

For more on Donny, who's also looking for a forever home, contact Michelle at 216-486-7205 or

Donations can also be mailed to Abandoned Animal Welfare, P.O. Box 1152, Mentor, OH 44060.

-- Sandra M. Klepach,


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