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Monday, November 16, 2009

Save Our Strays seeks home for Morrie

Long-time feline rescuer Dorothy Max is looking for a home for Morrie – a male, short-haired, orange and white cat who simply wouldn’t fight back on the tough streets of East Cleveland.

His story, as told by Dorothy, director of the nonprofit Save Our Strays Humane Organization:
This kitty was on one of the communes, and he was getting beat up once a week by a predator, one of his colleagues. Oh, the other cat was so mean, and he’d have all of his side – it would always be on his side – just cut up awful. One time I was there I saw the other cat in action. It was deplorable, he wouldn’t quit. And this poor fella, he was not a fighter. He wouldn’t even eat his canned food I put down until I scratched his head and rubbed his back.

Then one day when I got there Oct. 12, he got him on the face. The whole side of his face, the skin was torn off. He was raw, I would say to the length of maybe three or four inches. It was the whole side. So I had to take him immediately, 'cause he wouldn’t have lasted out there anymore; this other one was just so terribly, terribly naughty.

I brought him into the vet – Dr. Bogdan Klinkosz of Lakeland Animal Clinic in Euclid again – and he neutered him while he was there, got the shots, tested for leukemia, dewormed, vaccinated and all. And he gave me a cream, Udder Balm. This cream was miraculous. The whole side of his face, in two weeks time it came down to about only an inch. So we’re on the second tube of cream now, so it'll take a little longer, but he’s just an ever-loving sweet boy that did not want to fight back.
Morrie, named after Morris the Cat, is about 1 1/2 years old and currently living in foster care.

Save Our Strays also has many little kittens brought in from the streets – all vaccinated, dewormed and tested for leukemia – and offers low-cost neuters, spays and vaccinations for dogs and cats.

Anyone interested in adopting, volunteering, donating or taking advantage of the low-cost services is asked to call Dorothy before 11:30 a.m. at 216-289-0496.

-- Sandra M. Klepach,


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