Meet the adorable little Keta. This furry feline was found on the streets of New York in October and was quickly brought into an animal care shelter in the city that never sleeps.
However, because Keta had a huge tumor on the left side of her face, the crew thought that she should be euthanized.
The poor kitten wasn’t ever really given a chance, and the rescuers and vets deemed that it would be too costly to care for the poor stray kitten. Keta couldn’t have been older than ten months, at most, and people were ready to give up on her entirely. They also thought that the care maintenance would be too high, so Keta was signed up for a kill shelter.
Luckily, it didn’t have to come that far.
Keta’s story was brought to the attention of Kristin Livan, who is the vice president of the non-profit organization Unwanted NYC Pets. As the name suggests, the animal organization takes care of animals who are ignored by other people and makes sure that they get a second chance at life.
The young cat was taken away from the kill shelter and the organization started raising funds to pay for her surgery.
Keta’s story hasn’t gone unnoticed, as people from the local community as well as over the world donated funds. It didn’t take long before the organization could afford to get a surgery and decent treatment for Keta, to make sure that she would recover and find a loving and warm home once again.
However, rescuers were always realistic about Keta’s chances. The tumor was significant in size, and unlike anything most rescuers have seen before.
“The tumor was so large it popped out of the bottom of her mouth,” Kristin said to the NY Post. “I have seen a lot in my rescue career, and it was bad. It was jarring, very upsetting and very disturbing.”
Even before the surgery, taking care of Keta was a difficult task. Because the tumor was positioned on a large part of her face, the poor kitten had trouble eating, seeing and even breathing didn’t go without its difficulties. The rescuers even had to resort to ducktape to make sure that Keta would eat from her plate, as weird as that sounds.
“We duct-taped her bowl to the floor so it wouldn’t go everywhere when she was scooping,” Kristin recalls.
Luckily, initial testing showed that Keta’s tumor was benign.
Even though the tumor wasn’t of the harmful kind, it still needed to be removed. The animal organization raised close to four thousand dollars and almost reached their target to proceed with the removal surgery. The paid for the difference out of their own pocket.
The chances of a full recovery were slim – but Kristin was determined to do what no one else has ever done for this kitten: give her a chance.
“We didn’t expect her to come out on top,” she mentions. “We thought half her face was going to be completely removed.”
Against all odds, Keta’s recovery went extremely well.
The scars caused by the surgery quickly healed, her appetite started to improve, and with the tumor out of the way, Keta finally started to regain her eyesight. Within a week, the little cat felt a hundred percent again.
“She was out of the hospital within five days, playing with toys, chasing things. She’s very silly,” Kristin laughed.
Keta was finally a happy and energetic kitty again, with her whole life ahead of her.
The cat was found a couple of months before Christmas, and the animal organization hoped that someone would want to adopt her and overwhelm her with tender loving care as a true Christmas miracle.
That miracle came true! A wonderful family got in touch with the Unwanted NYC Pets organization and they instantly fell in love with Keta. The feeling was mutual and Keta is having the time of her life with her new owners.
And you don’t have to take our word for it, just take a look at her precious smile!
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