Category Archives: Animals with disabilities

Cats and non-cats with handicaps

Pierre may lose his eye…

… but it won’t be the end of the world as NIC, left in pic with best pal Jurgen, a doubly blind old bear rescued from the cruel bear bile farms of China show. Both NIC and Jurgen are of course in the safekeeping of animalsasia


It does seem that, in a month’s time, Pierre will most likely lose his right eye:

Vet Visit on 10 April 2010

Bui Bui has been to Dr Heng this afternoon. We were happy to hear that his left eye’s water pressure is under control. Unfortunately, the eyesight from his right is not looking good. He could be blind in the right eye. Dr Heng has kept trying to test his response from his right eye, but sad to know that there is no response at all. Dr Heng has decided to give him a final chance before removing his right eye. Bui Bui has been given some eye drops for a month. His right eye will need to be removed if there is still no response at the next visit which is one month away.

A gentle reminder that Pierre (and his friends in the existing colony of 8, especially Pumpkin) needs help and would still like to have a home:


Appeal for Homeless Pierre: going blind and needing a home

Remember Pierre, tec honorary clan member in Area3?

He has been in foster care since early March in a home in Area2. A, his caregiver from Area 2, is spearheading the efforts to care for him.

The sad thing for Pierre is that he is going blind and his home is being destroyed. So he needs medical help and he needs a forever home. While they are trying their best, A and her friends who are kitty caregivers in area2 are struggling to keep up with the financial cost of supporting him – they need help with his medical bills as their individual financial situations are not fantastic, and they still have the resident colony of 8 to care for.

Us minions have helped to set up and start a blog to help appeal for help and to highlight Pierre’s need for a home, and to assist with managing his blog and his online appeal. (Not much else we can do to help as we’re also strapped, what with the slackers’ lengthening string of medical bills since last year and the ongoing upkeep of our lot at Foster Mum’s.)

Please go to Pierre the Singapore homeless cat needs help, blog url: to read about his story and his current status. Please do help Pierre by spreading the word on his need. Thank you very much!

Pierre’s adoption notice submitted to the Cat Welfare Society’s adoption board on 12 Apr 10.


Pierre is the sweetest homeless cat ever! He behaves as if he’s been a homecat who has only known TLC all his life.

But he is now really in need of a home as he is losing his sight. He is about 8 years old and is otherwise healthy.

His caregivers are valiantly trying to give him the medical attention and love he needs, but their finances are limited and they still have a colony of 8 to care for. So they are appealing for a loving and accommodating family to adopt Pierre.
Pierre’s new family will have to take over both his daily needs and his medical requirements as well.

Genuine adopters willing to accommodate the special needs of sight-impaired cats who may potentially go blind only please.

Please visit Pierre’s blog at to read his story and know him better.

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(Must read: Cat care refs.)

Click here to see other home-seeking kitties.

Horses: Blinkers in New York

Filched off Dawn’s blog.

Horses do work very hard for people… it’s a crying what we do to them. Flog a dead horse indeed.

Monday, March 23, 2009


I was just sent this video about horses that are used for carriage rides in New York City. Incidentally, I went by a horse show today and saw some horse rescue groups. Some of the horses were kept in such horrific conditions that they are now blind. One was tied to a stall for so long that even though it is no longer tied by its neck, apparently it doesn’t know it. You can visit the Horse rescue group at Horsenet They also have a bunch of cats on the premises, almost all of which are already sterilised..

Farewell, Remy


Yesterday, around noon, Remy the one-eyed old boy, aka Toby, breathed his last, with his parents, Shirlena and Gary, by his side.

Gently to sleep

Remy’s health had been slowly declining since the middle of last year. This was probably due to FIV, which he tested positive for in a second test his parents ordered.

His downward spiral started with oral health problems, which resulted in extraction of most of his worn-out grinders. Since then, he had been on soft food, usually home-cooked meat dishes. His favourite, and later the only thing he would eat without prompting, was peeled boiled prawns, which he had also favoured in foster care. Then his kidneys also started deteriorating.

During the past year, the old boy’s health slowly gave way. He had been boarded at the vet for some days now, severely emaciated, on drip and with very high cretin readings, when on Thursday night, he vomitted blood. The vet had said there was nothing else that can be done for him.

Ultimately, it was the quality of life that mattered. So yesterday Shirlena and Gary made the difficult decision and sent Remy on his way because to keep him lingering on would be no kindness to him.

Remy, hale and healthy

It seemed like it was only yesterday when Shirlena and Gary fetched Remy home to join their brood of 4, renamed Toby.

When we heard the first good news that he was settling in, after a year or so of problems, we shouted for joy.


It had been a long long road to a new home for the poor old boy, his parents and his family. But it still feels like he has barely begun to live again before he bade his final goodnight.


Remy took his time to settle down and has given his parents more than their fair share of headaches.


Still, we know Shirlena and Gary will remember him with fondness, even though he started life with them on the wrong paw, and at the beginning seemed determined to test (and break) the limits of their patience and forbearance.

At the beginning, Remy shuffled stubbornly to his own old beat, but he was lucky that Shirlena and Gary were such patient parents, able to see beyond his monstrous antics, quite unlike many people who won’t see past the physical.

Settled in and comfy, the old boy enjoyed his home life as he deserved and should have had for a few more years, in our opinion. But at least he did get a second chance, thanks to Shirlena and Gary.

We were glad on his behalf, and still are, for Shirlena and Gary’s kindness in opening their home and hearts to this old boy.

Memories, Sep 2007: btmao giving the polite one the headscritches he loved so much

It’s the end of the road, and there is really not much else to say but “Farewell” to Remy, and to tell Shirlena and Gary: We are sad that Toby is gone so soon. You have done your best for him. Thank you and please take care.

Take care, and have a safe journey

Zoey’s story

Sometimes, a seemingly impossible choice presents itself. Sometimes a decision is then made that seem to fly in the face of reason. Sometimes these illogic decisions change lives.
This is the first entry about Zoey’s story, whose handicap reminds us a lot of Remy.
A rough start
A rough start
We found this kitten sitting in the middle of the road on our way home one Friday night. We almost ran her over. I was half hoping she was a feral cat and would run the other way when I got out to check her over. But she ran right up to me and started purring. Well, what could we do but take her home and decide what to do.
I came across Zoey’s story and I just had to share it, especially after reading this (emphasis mine).
Surgery soon
Surgery soon
On October 18th, Zoey is scheduled to be spayed and have the remainder of the bad eye removed. Her right eye will then be sewn shut. I feel a little bad about this and I’m not sure why. Its my hope that maybe through this photo diary, she will become a good will ambassador for other pets that may not seem to be perfect or the first ones to be considered for adoption. Thanks to everyone so far that has taken the time to read Zoey’s story and for your kind words of encouragement.
Stay tuned.

Four Chihuahuas – Eight Wheels – One Big Happy Family

Unlike our previous post about bears, this one’s a bit more lighthearted: puppy mill victims whose stories end happily. However, do please remember the morale of these cuties’ tale: Don’t support puppy mills or unethical breeders!

These little dogs, and countless others like them, didn’t ask to be born this way, whether in the US, Japan, Singapore or anywhere else. These four are the lucky ones.

(Click on picture for their heartwarming story)

Source: , no kill animal shelter in the US.

Shadow sanctum

Before we moved into the sanctum, we were lucky to see dear Shadow lounging in the shelves outside it. I felt he was comfortable enough that I took a shot, with flash, as it was too dark otherwise.


It’s rare to see him so calm in front of anyone but Foster Mum, her husband and her helpers. He’s come a long way though he’s still leery of strangers, which is why he’s hardly seen.