Popsicle has quite a lot of spirit and heart for a little cat who has been through a lot.
She has lost two of her paws, a few inches of her tail, both ears and part of her nose to frostbite, but Popsicle’s enthusiasm for life is still strong.
In December, Roger Hasting found Popsicle under his truck. He tried to catch her, but she was too fast for him. The extremely cold temperatures forced Popsicle to hide under his engine to get warm, and Hasting was finally able to catch Popsicle and bring her inside.
He brought the cat to his co-worker who is also a president of an animal rescue. Donna Buck-Davis said, “I picked her up and couldn’t tell she was in any kind of pain. She was just a purring machine.”
When Buck-Davis took Popsicle to the vet, the vet said that this was one of the worst cases of frostbite she had ever seen in a cat. The vet believed that Popsicle got her front paws wet which led to the frostbite.
Both paws had to be amputated because of the frostbite. The carpal pad of each paw was sewn to the end of each stump for some cushioning when Popsicle walks.
But then her ears and the tip of her nose fell off, and then also her tail became stiff with frostbite.
Surgery and medication costs are extremely high, but it’s been worth it because after a month, Popsicle just only has one bandage left on her tail and has recovered extremely well through everything that she has been through.
Her vet, who is caring for Popsicle as she waits to be adopted, said, “She has a pretty normal life. Though she’ll need some extra care since she can’t really defend herself.”
She thinks that someone may have dumped Popsicle outside in an effort to get rid of her.
The vet added, “It seems that animals live in the present. Even though she’s handicapped it’s like ‘this is how I am.’ She’s not thinking she’s not any good to anyone.”
UPDATE: Someone had made this comment on the ADN website: (Thanks Debbie)
Her name is Babygirl.
I thought I would post the actual information in here after reading all of the comments. Babygirl got out of the house at the end of November when my family was leaving for work and school. When we got home that night and noticed her missing we went and searched for her. We also contacted the vet clinic on post, the pound in Fairbanks and the MPâ€™s office regarding her missing. So it is not like we left her out in the cold to die. She is the beloved family cat that we have had for almost 6 years. During the first couple of weeks that she was missing we kept in contact with the pound and vets office to see if she had shown up. After finding no good news we figured either something horrible had happened or another family found her. When we seen her on the front page of the newspaper I contacted them right away to see if it was her and sure enough it was. Friday evening we were reunited with her and she has been happy ever since. She underwent her last surgery today and is still recovering but Dr. Olsen said she should make a full recovery. And yes my family is helping with the her medical expenses. Like I said this is our beloved family kitty and we would never do anything to hurt her. My son actually cried for a long time after she went missing and was in tears when he finally was able to see her again!!!!!