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Sometimes we take things for granted. How often do you use your eyes? Could you imagine life without them? This is the story of a one year old cat who became known as Storm. He was given that name because his situation was pretty stormy when he came to the Chautauqua County Humane Society. (CCHS)
Storm was brought to CCHS in October of 2018 in a condition that gave the entire medical department pause. Storm had been taken in as a stray, by a well intentioned person. He had an eye infection. The person that took Storm in tried treat the infection. A neighbor who became aware of the situation suggested that Storm be brought to CCHS for help, because it looked like the infection was getting worse.
Once at CCHS Dr. Mark McConnon DVM went right to work, performing a corneal flap on Storm’s left eye, and a third eyelid flap on the right eye. This was done so Storm’s eyes would have a chance to beat the infection and heal. Soon the eye ointment and treatments were starting to work. CCHS Veterinary Technician Molly Loomis said, “Eyes are made of layers, and Storm’s had been worn away to the last layer. If his eye had been worn down anymore they could have lost pressure and collapsed.”
Early this month Storm’s left eye was showing signs that it was not healing properly, so he was taken to Animal Eye Care of Western New York. It was looking like Storm would lose the eye, but the doctors at Animal Eye Care recommended a Conjunctival Pedicle Eye Graft. This procedure, which will happen on Thursday, January 17th, will help the eye maintain pressure. This will allow Storm to keep both of his eyes.
The procedure to save Storm’s sight does come with a cost. The charge for the procedure is over twenty three hundred dollars. However, Animal Eye Care of Western New York is generously absorbing more than half of the expense. That still leaves the cost to CCHS to save Storm’s eye at over eleven hundred dollars.
Foster Mom LouAnn Bucior says, “He is such a loving cat, who loves attention. He likes to play, and gets along with other cats.”
If you would like to make a gift to Storm’s surgery, please visit spcapets.com and donate under the “Giving Tab”. Your donations are giving Storm the gift of sight, and the ability to truly see his forever family on the day he goes home with them.