Hervey

The Hervey Foundation for Cats
NEWBox 2565 Stn Main
Stony Plain, AB
T7Z 1X9

 
 
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Phone: (780) 963-4933  
 
 
The Hervey Foundation for Cats is a place of refuge for cats who otherwise would perish: the abandoned, the abused, the sick, the old, the suffering. We are a no-kill, non-profit and tax-exempt private Charitable Foundation.
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Kitty Tales

 
Stephen

Stephen

 

 

On a cold Wednesday night in February 2013, I received a 'phone call from an employee of an Edmonton pet supply store. She indicated that a lady had entered the store carrying a cat and had walked directly to the cat food aisle. Assuming that the lady had brought her cat shopping with her, awhile later she was surprised to see the lady leaving the store very quickly but without the cat. The employee attempted to catch the lady, but she had jumped into a waiting car, which then sped off. They were unable to obtain a license plate number.

 

The employee proceeded to the cat food aisle and, lo and behold, there sat a beautiful blue (grey) cat. He was friendly and in no hurry to leave the immediate area. The cat was crated while the employee attempted to determine who would be willing to take the cat. I said that the Hervey Foundation would take the cat; if they could hold him overnight two of my volunteers would pick him up the next morning. Bright and early, Kathy and Margaret were at the store. The cat was housed in a huge crate in a quiet area of the store and he appeared unperturbed by all the commotion. He seemed to be "favouring" his left rear leg. At this time, we also determined that he was an intact male.

 

We left him in the large crate and transported him to the Foundation's sanctuary - not a peep was heard during the one-hour car trip. The Foundation's veterinarian was away, so the "rescue" would be housed at the sanctuary for a few days. By the time, he was delivered there, he had been christened Stephen by Kathy and Margaret.

 

I took him to the isolation area and opened the crate to check him out - right away the purring started - what a loving, gentle cat!! We coaxed him out of the crate and were horrified to view a twisted hind leg; it did not appear to be a recent injury. Obviously, no one had gotten veterinary help for him - we couldn't imagine what pain he must be experiencing. It was apparent that he knew he was now in good hands and he continued to purr and rub against our hands. I gave him some pain medication and phoned for an appointment with our Vet.

 

Tuesday morning, Kathy and Margaret picked up Stephen and whisked him off to the Rosslyn Veterinary Clinic for assessment and treatment. I was almost positive that the verdict would be a leg amputation due to the delay between injury and treatment. Dr. Calin Catarig, owner of Rosslyn, took x-rays, which indeed showed at least two breaks, possibly more. He called me and suggested that he try to operate on the leg, rather than amputate immediately. He indicated that he would need to re-break the leg and attempt to set it so that Stephen could regain the use of his leg. He warned that it would be a lengthy surgery and the recovery period would be months, as the leg would be "pinned". Surgery was scheduled for the next day and once in to the area, the damage was greater than initially thought. After the surgery was completed, Dr. Catarig and his wonderful staff waited anxiously to assess how Stephen had survived the procedure. Dr. Catarig telephoned to tell me that Stephen not only survived the surgery, but was doing well and still purring! He now had 4 pins in his leg and a lengthy recovery began. He was able to walk with restrictions, so as not to place excessive strain on tl1e area. He would require confinement and constant monitoring - he was ensconced in a huge dog crate in the living room, so that he could be part of the action and see the other cats. He thrived on the attention and became quite a "talker" - every time I went by, he meowed as if he had something new to tell me! After a week, he was allowed to come out of the crate and do a bit of walking. I was instructed on how to perform physiotherapy on his leg, so as to strengthen the muscles and speed recovery.

 

He enjoyed these walks in the house and this coupled with the on-going physio made him stronger and stronger. Stephen still displayed love and trust in us and purred full time - despite the pain he must have been in on many occasions. At last, the day came (late March) for another trip to the Clinic for more x-rays and possible pin removal - two of the pins were taken out and he was now granted more freedom. He was able to walk about on his own and was only crated at night or when I was out. His health progressed steadily and it was obvious that he was feeling much better. Finally, the last of the pins were removed (late April) and his gait was almost normal.

 

Stephen will be staying with the Foundation as one of our mascot cats and his story will be available for all to marvel at. I am so grateful that the staff at the Rosslyn Clinic took the time to put Stephen "back together" and enable him to regain a normal life. Stephen is a happy, playful part of the family and he loves to be with his "people" - he was a bit perplexed when "his" crate disappeared - it had been his home for so many months.

 

We will never know what circumstances led to Stephen's injury and subsequent abandonment at the pet store - we can speculate about abuse and neglect, but we'll never know for sure- we are just pleased that the lady did take the time to bring him where he would get help.

 

The Foundation sincerely thanks Drs. Calin and Andra Catarig for their care of Stephen over so many months - they truly care and are one-of-a-kind. I am privleged to have them as one of our vets.

 

Calin Catarig DVM Rosslyn Veterinary Clinic

13540-97 Street, Edmonton, AB T5E4E2

780.475.9912(phone) 780.475.9913 (fax)

www.rosslynvet.infovet.ca

 

 

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Pearl

Pearl

 

  I’m Pearl. I was born with only 3 legs and was found as a kitten scrounging out of garbage cans in the winter. The Hervey Foundation for Cats took me in and now I will never have to worry about another meal again!

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Fresca

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I am Fresca. I was hit by a car and both my pelvis and one hind leg were broken. I’m now recovered and safe at the Hervey Foundation Sanctuary!

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Wylie

 

 

Hi!  My name is Wylie.  I am named after Wylie coyote.  Why?  Because I almost became his dinner one night!  Here’s how it happened....

Because my previous owner did not want me anymore, I was abandoned and dropped off at an acreage subdivision north of Spruce Grove. How does everyone know I was abandoned?  Well, in the beginning, I had a beautiful coat, and good weight and was very friendly. But the people in this subdivision where I was left have so many cats dumped off there that most of them have a policy of not feeding or helping the strays.  I went from door to door, hoping for help, but was always chased away, and after a week I was so cold, hungry and exhausted that I thought I was going to die. Still, I knew that I needed to try again.  There was one place that I had not been to, so I approached the house.  I was so cold and hungry and thirsty.  The people saw me and came out right away-but this time, not to chase me away, but to pet me and give me food and water and, although they did not take me in right away, they provided a bed for me.  Every morning and night they came out and fed me and petted me.

Then, a couple days later, while I was out looking around, there was the coyote! I turned and ran for my new home, but he got me! I fought valiantly.  I did not want to die! How could my owner have done this to me?

 I managed, somehow, to get away and went back to the house with the nice people and crawled into my bed and stayed there until they came home.  They fed me and petted me and then noticed my tail.  It was chewed, and broken in many places, and had now frozen stiff in the cold weather.  These people were horrified at what had happened and began to phone around to vets and places for help for me but, unless you had a lot of money, no one would help.  The nice people were told to leave me to die.  My tail was now infected.  Finally, someone told these nice people about the Hervey Foundation for Cats, and when the nice people called, the lady there listened and agreed to take me.  She knew the temperatures were dropping to -40 with the wind chill, and that heavy snowfall warnings were out.  The nice people took me in, and put me in a spare bedroom so I could get warm and so they could take me to the Foundation.  The storm hit and dumped so much snow that we were not sure if they could even get me to the vet.  The nice people, despite the roads and impassable snow in places, still took me to the Foundation.  The people at the Foundation had their van running, heated and waiting for me, and then they had to make a run for it out the drive way because it was drifted in.  We got out the drive way but knew we would not get back in until the snow was blown.  So off to the vet we went.  The vet took me right away and looked at me and talked to the lady from the Foundation.  I was to have surgery right away to amputate my tail.  They neutered me at the same time and also gave me vaccines and a microchip and a week later I went home- but this time to the Foundation.  It is warm there, with all kinds of food to eat and toys to play with, and people who love me.  I am almost better now and love to play and enjoy the company of the other cats.  She says that I am staying at Foundation because of what happened to me.  I know I am a lucky one-there are so many others like me who don't make it, or become someone else’s lunch.

 

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Bob

Working at the Morinville Veterinary Clinic as an Animal Health Technologist, I have worked with several of the Hervey Foundation’s cats.  This past August when Marjorie brought in a new group to have their surgeries one little kitten caught my eye.  He wasn’t the prettiest little guy as of his tail was necrotic but it was his personality that caught my attention. It didn’t matter what we were doing to this little guy he just sat their happily and purred through it all.  Ten minutes after waking up from his surgery he was purring just as loudly as he was before it.  He had just had most of his tail amputated and was neutered and all he wanted to was to be held.  I found myself being drawn more and more to this kitten as the day went by.  When it came time to send him home I asked Marjorie to leave this little guy behind so that we could monitor his progress post surgery in case any complications arose.  She agreed and within a few days I knew that “Bob” (named because of his bob tail) had to come home with me.

Bringing Bob home has been a blessing.  Originally I wanted him to be a playmate for my older kitten “Piglet” but he has become much more than that.  He is a very much loved family member.  He and Piglet are the best of buddies; it literally is a case of monkey see-monkey do with these too.  Bob has learned from Piglet how to climb the bird cage to say hi, that petting the guinea pigs through their cage is fun, and “helping” mom while she’s  on the computer is the best thing you can do!  Bob has also learned from his big brother how to sit for treats, play fish in the dog water bowl and attack my Dachshund’s tail when she least expects it!  Bob’s other favourite pastime includes sleeping with “his” dogs on the bed at night.  He will not go to bed without cuddling up for his nighttime cuddle (also a habit learned from Piglet).  Once he has this he will settle at the end of the bed with the dogs where he remains for the rest of the night! 

I just very recently had to euthanize my 14 year old cat and Bob has been a big comfort to me during this difficult time.  It’s very hard to be sad when you have this little orange and white pest climbing up your leg and then settling on your shoulder purring so loudly you can’t hear anything else! 

I wish to extend a very big THANK YOU to Marjorie Hervey for allowing me to adopt this kitten whose goal in life is to give us much love as he can.  All he asks in return is that I love him back and that’s not a problem!  Again thank you Marjorie for my blessed “BOB”

Jeanine Smith, RAHT

 

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Maize

Maize was a 6 week old kitten who came to us from the City of Edmonton Animal Control. She had suffered sharp object trauma to her eye. We immediately took her to our veterinarian where her eye had to be removed. She has healed up great and is a very busy little girl who rules the roost!

 

 

 

 

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Paisley

I adopted Paisley from the Foundation at the Edmonton cat show almost two years ago.  She was a frightened little kitten who has become a very sweet girl and is eager to be petted and played with as long as it is on her terms. Her party dress is lovely. I showed her, and last spring she achieved the title of Supreme grand master in the household pet category. I have now decided to retire her. I am glad she came to us, as I don’t think she would have been a good fit for many homes, but that makes it all the better that she is with us. We accept her for who she is, and in return we get what trust and affection she is able to give.

Bev Betkowski

 

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Mocha

This lucky little girl came to us from the City of Edmonton Animal Control and now has a wonderful home with Vic and Irene Ledsham!

 

 

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(Bernie was found suffering from severe chemical burns)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bernie

Bernie-For one little kitten, a first impression was definitely the lasting impression that saved his life. If it wasn’t for his quiet demeanor and love bug attitude, he might have been overlooked as an adoptable rescue at the Edmonton pound. Although his injuries were severe, he has persevered through a multitude of treatments, bandage changes, medications and health setbacks but has remained the personable loving kitten that we, at the Morinville Veterinary clinic, refer to as “Bernie”. This little man definitely has personality plus and is often found in the arms of the staff that have come to love and admire him.

Halloween was quite exciting for Bernie, as some of the staff, at the clinic, dressed up as cats and they dressed Bernie up as a human. He was sporting a blue hoodie that served a dual purpose; it was his Halloween costume and it also kept him from scratching at the sutures on this neck.

Bernie will always be an immune compromised cat, will need to be kept indoors exclusively and his contact with other cats will need to be restricted.

Marjorie, from the Hervey Foundation, has agreed to adopt Bernie to one of our own veterinarian’s, Dr. N Bruyere, where he will live out the rest of his life in style.

From the Morinville Veterinary clinic, a big “Thank you” to the Hervey Foundation for allowing us to share this journey with Bernie and a big “Thank you” to Bernie for reminding us all of why we chose to be involved in this profession.

 

Kathryn Chapman

Veterinary Medical Receptionist

Morinville Veterinary Clinic

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Sherlock

Sherlock was adopted from the Hervey Foundation. Pictured here with his companion, Miss Austin!

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Patches & Mittens

Meet Patches & Mittens, two stray kittens from Sturgeon County who found a wonderful home!

 

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Hannah

Liam came to Animal Control at the end of January 2007, only 8 - 10 weeks old. Liam had been badly hurt by a fan belt while keeping warm under the hood of a car. Liam's back leg had been de-gloved and his condition stable. The howner of the car brought Liam itno the facility and euthanization seemed like the only end. On that day, an angel was looking out for him.

Karen, a vet tech on staff at Animal Control could not bring herself to euthanize him while he lay in her arms purring. Instead, Karen approached her director and asked if there was money in the Animal Care Fund to provide treatment through EVEC. Thankfully, there was enough money in the fund and EVEC agreed to provide treatment. Once EVEC looked at the injuries, it was decided that full amputation was the best choice. To veryone's surprise EVEC donated their services and a new leas on life was give to Liam.

After two weeks, Liam was transferred here for rehabilitation and to join many other "special" angels who get to live out their life with love and happiness.

Liam is settled in and doing well.

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Pedro

Pedro was found in a dumpster after being hit by a vehicle - turned into the Edmonton Animal Control by a passerby who heard him crying. He was scheduled for euthanasia on the day we rescued him - his leg was so badly shattered - our vet amputated it. He is the most loving adorable little creature on the earth and is one of our "mascot" cats.

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Hannah

Willoughby was a cat that came to us from Edmonton Animal Control  He had six legs. Four front legs and two hind legs.
This poor little fellow had such a hard time walking as two of the legs on one side were so deformed they were a hindrance to him.  We sent him into our vet and it was decided that the two legs on the side should be amputated and the other two were fused together so did not cause him any problems.
His surgery went well and he came back to us to live.  He was so shy and we worried that we were never going to be able to bring him around, but after much time and love Willoughby has adjusted. Now he runs and plays with the other cats and in general has become a clown.
He is so loving.  We are glad to have him and  we would like to thank the many wonderful people that donated to us to help with his surgery.

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Lyla

Lyla is the resident Canine of the Foundation. By day she is the guard dog, but by night she comes in and helps care for the kitties, giving baths before bedtime.

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Hannah

Hannah came to us from Edmonton Animal Control. She had a severely broken right front leg, where our Vet had to amputate her leg. She will be staying with us as one of our Mascot Cats. She now has adjusted from the surgery and has the ability to walk well without the leg, and is fitting in well with the rest of the family. She is an adorable kitten.

E.T.A. Hannah passed away on November 11, 2007. She was dearly loved and will be missed terribly.

 

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Pumpkin

Pumpkin came to us very ill. Apparently she had ingested a caustic substance. After several months of care and devotion with us she is eating normally, has regained her ability to walk and is fitting in well with the rest of our family.

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Willie

Willie was found on the road covered in blood. The lady who found him contacted us and we made arrangements for him to go to our Vet Clinic. He had numerous injuries from being caught in the fan belt of a vehicle. Through the loving care and hours of surgery from Tudor Glen Vet Clinic he has recovered and found a new home that will allow him to fully recover from his wounds.
Unfortunately, at this time of year this occurs too often as cats seek out a warm place to sleep during the cold. A good reason to keep your animal inside.

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Charlotte

Charlotte was abandoned at the Hermitage Vet Clinic – left in a cardboard crate in their waiting room. None of the staff could get near her. She was forwarded to Tudor Glen Vet Clinic where we were able to at least look at her and he decided that she was too beautiful to be put down. Tammy and her staff managed to spay her and she joined our family. We found out that she had been badly abused all her life – for many months no one could get near her as she was so frightened. In the last few weeks she now cuddles up to us and is becoming the beautiful sweet creature she was intended to be.

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Tibera

Tibera, a Siamese cross, came to us through Edmonton Animal Control. His back leg was badly crushed and he was to be put down. His leg was amputated by our vet. He is mending well and has become a loving welcome addition to our family. He loves to play with Courtney, Cricket and Sebastian and is turning into a lovely kittie.

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Bently

Baby Bentley was found in a cardboard box in a ditch, along with 3 of his siblings – about 4 weeks old. He had a broken front leg and other injuries. He has recovered from his injuries and provides many hours of love and joy around our adoption centre.

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McDuff

McDuff was (one of 4) found in a snow covered box behind a local restaurant. He is growing into his tail – oh ! to have a cat’s life.

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Emily

"M" was found in a school yard. She was so starved that for several months she was unable to walk on her hind legs. After proper feeding and care she found her legs but has a deficiency that makes her bones very brittle and her legs break easily.

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Penny

"Snowplow", now Penny was turned into Edmonton Animal Control at about 6 weeks of age. She had blunt force trauma to her head, broken ribs and several other injuries. She couldn't walk or eat and was on the verge of dying. The caring, loving staff at Edmonton Animal Control nursed her and managed to get her to take milk and get her able to walk. Since she came to us she is now walking, eating and playing with the other kitties. We are hopeful that her recovery will be complete.

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Millie

Millicent (MILLIE) came to us from Edmonton Animal Control. She had a broken jaw and multiple facial fractures. She was transferred to our vet where her jaw was set and wired and her facial fractures taken care of. Millie is now a wonderful, healthy happy cat living the good life.

PS. She is a polydactyl

 

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Theo

Theodore (Theo) had been abused and was turned into Edmonton Animal Control with a broken leg. He is a beautiful 8 week old Snowshoe kitten. His leg has been operated on by our vets and he is making a good recovery and has many playmates that he frolics with.

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All of these kitties and the hundreds that come into our care each year would have all met a certain death if it wasn’t for the love, devotion, time and care that they receive at The Foundation.

Please note that the cats pictured here have found new homes and are NOT available for adoption.

WE COULDN’T help these kitties if YOU, our supporters and sponsors – the people who care – didn’t keep the donations flowing.

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