Betty, Left for Dead at One Week Old

Betty and her sister were found at about one week old, blind, near death, and abandoned. A wonderful rescue group in New York state took them in and did everything possible to save their lives. Betty's sister didn't make it, but Betty survived.

A small kitten is standing on a couch, looking at the camera.

The photo above was taken when she was about 16 weeks old, the day after she arrived to join the family of special needs cats and dogs who live in our home. Within days of arriving to live with us Betty underwent a new form of surgery on her eye-lids. She was born with her eyelashes facing inward so that every time she blinked, her eyelashes scraped against her eye. The eye specialist described the intense discomfort this caused: "You know how it hurts when you have an eyelash in your eye? For Betty, she has 2 eyes full of lashes every time she blinks."

The operation could not restore her sight, but it should relieve her discomfort. Even wearing her post-surgery e-collar, Betty has made friends with the other cats and dogs, especially Jacob.

She has developed an interesting hobby: once she makes friends with one of the dogs or cats, she hides just around a corner. As soon as one of her friends walks by, she leaps up into the air, landing right next to them on her hind legs, waiving her front paws in the air as if she were Godzilla. They seem to like this and it turns into a game of chase. She knows every inch of the house and runs around full-speed. Even when it's a dog that catches her and they roll around wrestling on the floor, they have a way of doing it so that neither of them gets hurt.

Please follow this link to the family of special needs dogs and cats who live in our home.


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