The Story of Elsie
Walking to my car after work in downtown St Louis, a beautiful grey tabby sitting under the tree at the edge of a parking lot caught my eye. When I said hi to her, she tried to come toward me and I saw that her leg was hurt. I looked her over carefully, then called all the rescues I knew, finding them all full or closed. I went home, gathered some food and water, and my husband and I picked her up from the lot.
She was immediately trusting. When my husband sat beside her she promptly started nuzzling his hand and purring. She was even easy to get into the cat carrier and was a perfect passenger on the ride home. Her back leg was definitely hurt. There were no open wounds, but her leg was limp and hung at an odd angle, and she couldn't put any weight on it. She also had a hairless spot on her head—which we thought was a scar but later would start growing hair again. She was definitely undernourished, so we offered her water, food and treats, but she was most interested in affection (and probably feeling safe after being stranded at a loud, hot and busy downtown parking lot).
Posting on social media came up dry in finding her people, and though she was microchipped, all the contact information ended in wrong numbers. With help from Stray Haven, we were able to get her checked out by the vet who x-rayed her leg to find a severe break in her upper leg. We can't be sure what happened to her, whether it was an old or recent injury. After consultation with our general practice veterinarians and a specialist, it was determined that amputation or orthopedic surgery would not be necessary.
Without many clues how long she'd been on the street before she came to us, today, she's regained a healthy appetite and has a bright spirit. We think she is still a very young cat, and is certainly a survivor. She is very playful and friendly, despite the pain she must be in. Cuddles and love are still her favorite activities with us, and the happy chirps she makes are the absolute best. She is very gentle with her claws and very generous with head-butts, nuzzles, and letting us rub her tummy. If you are interested in Elsie, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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