The Hervey Foundation for Cats


Avery was surrendered to the Hervey Foundation for Cats in dire need of medical care. Avery was suffering from major trauma that resulted in multiple hind leg fractures and damage to his diaphragm.

He was presented to the Morinville Veterinary Clinic where he underwent two major surgeries. There were fractures to his femur, tibia and fibula. A leg amputation was performed. In addition to his leg injuries, Avery had a diaphragmatic hernia. A diaphragmatic hernia is when the diaphragm is torn open. This type of injury resulted in the displacement of some of Avery’s organs, pushing into his chest cavity and lungs. This was a painful injury that was causing respiratory distress.

The surgery required to repair the hernia involved opening his abdomen to repair and relocate his organs into their proper spots. This surgery was performed by Dr. Kinsman and Dr. Matenchuk along with a team of support staff. This was a learning experience for some of the team members who had not performed this type of surgery before. Avery’s recovery was amazing, hours after his major procedure he was bright and alert hungry and affectionate.

Our RVT Gail Cooper described his behaviour as remarkable. Avery is now living a normal kitty life at the Hervey Foundation Sanctuary. He will be an advocate for rescued felines for the rest of his life. The Hervey Foundation for Cat’s relies on donations in order to save cats like Avery. If you were touched by his story, please consider donating.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Morinville Vet Clinic for everything they did to help Avery.