Kristina Ferrer and her mom used to live in San Mateo, Rizal where a gentle stray cat would often wander in their house. It was white with orange spots on its head.
Being an animal lover, Kristina would regularly feed and play with the friendly feline.
Eventually, the Ferrers moved houses and left the cat in San Mateo. When Kristina’s mom returned to their old home a few weeks after the move, she was horrified to find the gentle stray injured – his jaw was broken and his right eye was bulging out of its socket.
Kristina hurriedly brought Matthew to PAWS in tears. She promised she would adopt him if he got better.
Given that the PAWS Animal Shelter has limited equipment and facilities, vets Wilford Almoro and Maripi Diaz had to modify the needed surgical technique to realign the fractured jaw.
To ensure proper healing, Matthew was maintained on a feeding tube for nearly two weeks after the operation, and was later placed on assisted feeding for several more weeks.
His ruptured eye also had to be removed.
Because of the severity of his injuries, it was, indeed, a long road to recovery.
But all the hard work paid off because Matthew healed nicely, and now enjoys his brand-new lease on life.
It was a happy reunion for Kristina and Matthew.
On the day she came to take him home, Kristina lovingly carried Matthew in her arms and whispered, “No one will hurt you again.”
Matthew now lives happily with Kristina and her mother.
Everyday The PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center cares for animals who are victims of cruelty and neglect. Our veterinary clinic offers low-cost veterinary services to pet owners so that they can keep their pets.
Our life-saving work needs your support. Please donate. It will go a long way in helping homeless dogs and cats hoping for a second chance at a good life.
P 300 or US$ 7 (Staff & Volunteer Support)
will help sustain office and maintenance personnel that keep the shelter running
P 500 or US$ 12 (Utilities & Maintenance)
will help pay the rent, water, communication and electricity bills
P 1,000 or US$ 23 (Immediate Shelter Needs)
will help feed a shelter dog for one month or fully vaccinate a shelter dog or cat against diseases
P 3,000 or US$ 68 (Spay-Neuter Fund)
will help spay a female cat or dog preventing hundreds of unwanted kittens and puppies from being born
P 5,000 or US$ 113 (Medical Fund)
will help in the long-term veterinary treatment of an abused dog or cat, or any other animal in need of special care at our shelter