Iowa cat thrown from vehicle in Boone County is recovering in foster home
Thanks to the quick reaction of good Samaritans, a young female cat thrown from a moving vehicle at dusk Saturday is making a recovery.
Seeing the feline tossed from the car at highway speeds in Boone County, people traveling in the car behind stopped on the side of the road, scooped up the injured creature, and took it to the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, the Boone Area Humane Society wrote in a Facebook post.
The humane society was contacted to take custody of the cat. BAHS Director Vanessa Heenan said she picked up the animal around 10 p.m. Saturday night after the cat was deemed stabilized, and immediately placed her in a foster home.
Believed to be about a 6-month-old tortoiseshell cat, she has a severe upper respiratory infection, an infestation of fleas, and is anemic.
“I’ve never seen as bad of a flea infestation as she had. They were swarming her face when I picked her up from ISU,” Heenan said. “Fleas do cause cats to be anemic. They suck the oxygen right out of their bloodstream. She is very sore and tender at this point.”
The cat has bruising all over her body, but does not appear to have any major internal injuries, Heenan said. However, the cat is not eating on her own, and instead is being force-fed. She is getting around-the-clock care, being snuggled with blankets and a heating pad.
“Luckily, she didn’t hit her head. Her pupils look normal. She just really doesn’t feel good,” Heenan said. “She’s in really rough shape. I don’t think it’s life-threatening, but I think it’s going to take quite a bit of time for her to heal. We don’t know her backstory. That’s always the hard part.”
The cat does not have an ear tipped — which would point to it being a feral cat through a trap-neuter-return program — and is not microchipped, leading BAHS staff to believe it had never received veterinary care before the incident.
The BAHS took to social media, asking for $325 to cover the cost of the care. It has since received in excess of $1,170.
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“Any money we get for special needs is always used — maybe not on that specific animal — but we’re constantly getting in animals that need specialty services from ISU,” Heenan said. Donations can also be made at bahs.us/donate.
Also over the weekend, the shelter took in a white male cat that sustained trauma to its face (missing its right eye) that will require reconstructive surgery.
Heenan said the cat thrown from the vehicle would receive a name after her personality is better known in the days and weeks to come. The cat would then be adopted out at a later date and “is very sweet,” she said.
“She’s really lucky the people behind her had the sense to get her some help,” Heenan said.
Boone shelter still at capacity
The BAHS and many surrounding shelters are filling up quickly, further straining precious resources.
Heenan said people looking to re-home an animal that has been spayed or neutered could list it on a site such as adoptapet.com, a nonprofit pet adoption web service. This way, these animals would not take up space in shelters.
When a person finds an animal in need, Heenan said it’s best to first contact your local shelter or rescue. For after-hours emergencies, dial your local sheriff’s office. She said some medical services are more cost-efficient performed in-house at the BAHS than at a veterinarian clinic.
The BAHS is located at 228 W. 16th St., in Boone and may be reached at 515-432-6112.