Cat miraculously survives after being abandoned outside shelter in carrier packed with snow overnight
A one-year-old cat has proved that they do have nine lives since she was lucky to have survived after being abandoned near an animal shelter in Rock Falls, Illinois, in a carrier packed with snow. The cat was found on Wednesday morning by Donald Czyczyk, who is Happy Tails Humane Society's director of shelter medicine.
According to WQAD, Donald saw the gray tabby's carrier while he was on his way to work. The carrier was a bright pink container and had been lodged in the snow. Czyczyk shared of seeing the cat 'Winter' for the first time, "I said, 'There’s definitely not a cat in here.' So I grabbed it, and next thing I know I saw an ear." Donald then brought the freezing animal inside so that she could receive some immediate care and medical attention.
Despite the fact that the cat had spent the entire night in freezing temperatures, Donald shared that she behaved very sweetly with the Happy Tails' staff. Winter is now warm and has been fed well. The cat had a pretty severe case of flea allergy dermatitis which also had to be taken care of. However, a couple more hours outside, Winter's fate could have been very different.
As reported by OurQuadCities.com, Donald revealed that he found Winter "buried alive, basically" and believes that the poor cat had been abandoned in the snow and was then later covered by more snow when a plow came by to move snow off the roads and driveways in the area.
Now that Winter seems to be recovering, the staff is beginning to turn their attention to finding the person who was cruel enough to abandon the cat.
Winter will be ready for a new home soon enough and the shelter will be putting the cat up for adoption within the next week after it fully recovers from the unpleasant ordeal of being left outside alone.
The shelter is offering a reward for around $1,000 in the hope of getting any information which will lead to the arrest as well as prosecution of the person/persons who left Winter to freeze in the snow.
Unfortunately, the shelter is very accustomed to having animals abandoned outside and Donald revealed that this was not the first time.
Another cat, now named Luna, had been dumped outside without a carrier and was found frozen to the ground but alive.