A blind cat who has won over the hearts of staff and volunteers at the RSPCA in Manchester is ready for a new home after animal lovers rallied round to fund his desperately-needed surgery.
Four-year-old Clint came into the care of the charity’s Manchester & Salford Branch back in September after he was picked up as a stray by an RSPCA officer in South Yorkshire.
He was suffering from such severe conjunctivitis that he couldn’t open his eyes.
The infection was successfully treated but vets then discovered that Clint sadly had congenital issues which could only be resolved by removing both his eyes to give him the best chance of leading a comfortable, pain-free life.
Following an appeal by the RSPCA branch – which is an independent, self-funded charity – nearly £1,300 was raised by kind-hearted supporters in just 24 hours to pay for the ginger cat’s much-needed surgery.
Clint, who is likely to have lived without proper sight since he was born, has recovered well from last month’s operation and is not fazed by his lack of vision. He even plays with toys and is now ready to start the search for his purrfect new home in the local area.
Manchester & Salford Branch manager Susie Hughes, who thanked everyone who generously contributed towards Clint’s treatment, said: “He’s astounded us all with his passion for life, his love of people and his determination to enjoy himself to the max.
“He had such horrible conjunctivitis when he was found that it’s beyond our comprehension how he managed to survive on the streets by himself, but somehow he did.
“Clint is a very special boy, with an extremely loud purr, who is every bit as marvellous as we could possibly portray him to be – brave, inspirational, genuinely loving and affectionate. He really is our little miracle and spreads joy and happiness amongst everyone he meets.
“He’s fully healed from his surgery, but we’re still working with our vets to prevent him from aspirating food and water, which is why we’re looking for a very special foster home in the Greater Manchester area, with a view to that becoming a permanent adoption arrangement in the future.”
Clint will need a home without cats, dogs and very young children and an environment that will remain unchanged so he can ‘mind-map’ his surroundings. Full support, seven days a week, will be provided to his new family by the branch, and any ongoing treatment will also be funded by them.