Fundraiser to cover vet bills for kitten thrown from vehicle

Fundraiser to cover vet bills for kitten thrown from vehicle

CHAMPAIGN — Good thing cats have nine lives, because Maverick may have needed another one.

Tossed out of a moving vehicle as a 2-month-old kitten, he spent a good part of the summer recovering from broken legs and ribs in the care of the local cat adoption and foster care organization CATSNAP.

Susan Norris, the group's president, said Maverick has been adopted, but her organization is holding a fundraiser Thursday to cover this kitten's $1,900 in veterinary bills.

"Music for Maverick" featuring local bands will be held from 7-11 p.m. Thursday at Mike 'N Molly's, 105 N. Market St., C, with all proceeds benefiting Maverick's care.

Now about 4 months old, Maverick got one lucky break when a woman saw him being tossed out of a moving vehicle and stopped to pick him up and bring him to a veterinarian, Norris said.

After being turned over to the care of CATSNAP, which stands for Champaign-Area Trap Spay/Neuter and Adoption Program, Maverick underwent surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine's veterinary hospital.

Dr. Tisha Harper, a UI small-animal surgeon, said Maverick was brought to vet med's emergency department in early June with fractures in both front leg limbs.

One side was repaired with a minimally invasive approach involving pins placed into bone fragments and the other side was allowed to continue healing on its own "because he had minimal instability" on that side, she said.

Norris said Maverick also turned out to have a small fracture in a back leg and some broken ribs, and for a time was on high doses of pain killers. He was having trouble breathing, and for a time, she wondered if he would survive.

"He's just an amazing little guy," she says.

Maverick was brought back for regular follow-up care, Harper said.

"He's been doing really well," she added.

A vet student, Norris said she doesn't know why anyone would throw a cat out a car window, but she thinks probably Maverick just wasn't wanted. This happens too often, people getting frustrated with an animal and doing something cruel to it, Norris said, but people never have to resort to doing something like throwing an animal out a car window. There are plenty of resources to turn for help, she said.

"The thing is, this kitten was one of the nicest kittens we've ever had," she added.

Music for Maverick will feature music by Colonel at 7 p.m., Isaac Arms at 7:50 p.m., Megan Johns at 8:40 p.m., The Thin Souls at 9:30 p.m. and The Acme Principle at 10:20 p.m.

CATSNAP is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that provides foster homes, adoptions and medical care for cats and some dogs and other small animals.

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