Saturday, September 10, 2011

My Feral Friend Buddy Needs Help!

WARNING GRAPHIC PICTURES BELOW!!!

I'm sorry I've been missing in action this week, but I've been on an important rescue mission. We used to care for a feral cat named Buddy. Even though he lived outside and never let us get too close, we considered him a member of our family. We built him a house in our yard and made sure he was well fed. But a few years ago, he disappeared. My mom searched for him, but never found him.

Well, last Saturday morning we went out the backdoor and guess who was sitting there waiting for breakfast - BUDDY!! We were SO HAPPY to see him, but we quickly realized something was wrong. 


As you can see, he has a large wound on the side of his neck. We assume he was attacked by a raccoon, dog, or coyote (yes, we have them in the city). From what we can tell, it doesn't look like a fresh wound, but must be very painful. Unfortunately, he doesn't let us get very close to him so we are not sure what we are dealing with ...

To make the long story short, we have spent the last week trying to coordinate a rescue mission for Buddy. We have an appointment at Treehouse Animal Foundation this coming Thursday. If we can trap him, they will treat his injury and assess whether he can be released again. Treehouse was one of the first cageless cat shelters in the country and now has two locations in Chicago. 


We tried to trap Buddy years ago and never had much luck. Please keep your paws crossed that we can catch him and get him the help he desperately needs. Buddy has been gone for at least 2 years and we have to believe that he returned for a reason ...

Oh, and tomorrow is my Gotcha Day! I have been with my family for 10 years! You can read more about my rescue here. Please help me celebrate by sending your very best vibes, prayers, good wishes to poor Buddy. 

57 comments:

Tucker The Crestie said...

Poor little Buddy - that wound looks incredibly painful. We certainly hope that Treehouse can help you help Buddy. We have three former ferals here ... so what they are doing is a cause very close to our heart.

Hiking Hounds said...

Oh gosh, I really hope you are able to catch Buddy. He looks really sweet and I'm sure he did come back to you for a reason. I'll be thinking of you all and sending lots of positive thoughts.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a beautiful boy Buddy is for a feral cat! We hope you are able to catch him so he can be treated. You and your family are so kind to care so much for him.

We are not really blogging now but we couldn't pass up a chance to wish you a very Happy Gotcha Day.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Jazzi said...

Your story isa sad but happy mr Pip. You do look dashing in your bow tie!! I sure hope that you can catch him and get the help that he needs. Just tell him that you guys love him and want to get him help!!
Hey BTW, hows the house hunt??

Wags
jazzi and addy

Frankie Furter said...

My HAPPY GOTCHA DAY WISH fur YOU ... is that poor Buddy agrees to be contained... and helped. I am SURE you are right ... he came back fur HELP. I pray you are successful in getting him captured and helped.
THAT would be the bestest Gotcha Day pressie EVER.

Brian said...

Yes, I do believe Buddy came back because he knew he could get some help, come on Buddy, we're all sending purrs to you. Happy Gotcha Day tomorrow Mr. Pip, Gotcha Days are the best!!!

Whisppy said...

All the best in trying to capture Buddy! He does look like he is in need of vet care. I'm also trying to capture Mr Black (the feral cat on my street) but it's quite the challenge!

And Happy Early Gotcha Day, Mr Pip!

K9 Katastrophie said...

Sending lots of prayers!

Wyatt said...

Poor Buddy, that must be painful indeed. What a smart kitty to come to you for help. We will cross our paws.

Happy Gotcha Day, Pip!! You have the bestest family, which is perfect cuz you are the bestest dog :)

Wyatt

Stella said...

We will be thinking good thoughts for Buddy to get into a cage and get to the Vet Pronto. Sad to see a kitty hurt so bad as Buddy is.

Stella

Kristin G. said...

Good luck with Buddy! It definitely looks like that wound needs attention. Happy Gotcha Day too!!

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Paws crossed that you can capture Buddy. And will purr for him to get the help you are wanting to give him.

So glad you were pleased to receive the book and I'm glad to meet you... I'm singing on to follow you right now.

Have a good day.

pawhugs, Max

rottrover said...

Oh Pip!! We will keep our paws crossed, too that for your Gotcha Day, Buddy will consent to be caught so that you can help him. Of course he came back to your house because he knew you would!!

-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

Everycat said...

Pip we hope you can trap Buddy easily and he can recover from that nasty wound. Your family is so kind to have cared for him, he knew he'd get help when he came back to you.
Happy Gotcha Day for tomorrow!

Oliver & Gerry

PS: Our Mum says a drop trap might be useful if Buddy has not shown willing going into a cage type trap :)

Everycat said...

PPS: Tinned pilchards are really good for tempting ferals cats into traps. They are really stinky and yummy :)

SAS....Sammy, Andy and Shelly said...

Poor Buddy....we are purraying with all our might that he can be trapped and get much needed treatment....he is a mighty handsome dude!!!!!!!

Love to y'all and may you be greatly blessed for helping Buddy.

Marg said...

Poor Buddy. That is amazing that he came back after two years.We are sending ton of purrs that you can catch him. See if you can get him in a carrier if you have one that is big enough. A tiny one won't work. I feed the feral cats at the door of the carrier, then work the dish back. Walk behind him so he gets used to you being back there. He probably will run out at first.
Anyway, we are crossing our paws that you can get him. A drop trap is wonderful too. Keep us posted.

Madi and Mom said...

Pip
We are so sorry about Buddy and we hope and pray you can get help in attending to his wound...we know you will be very careful but Mom says to be cautious 'cause some folks in our city were trying to catch a feral cat and were attacked...he was found to have rabies....and they are having to go through some very difficult treatments.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Madi and Mom said...

Mom's concern is that since he has a wound he might have been bitten by a wild animal...we are truly sorry he has been injured and hope you are able to safely trap him.
Hugs M&M

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

Oh. My. Dog. That looks so owie. Mom had good luck trapping ferals with a drop trap wot she made. It usually werks when the regular traps dussn't werk but you has to man it by holding a string and pulling the string when the kitteh goes in. It falls ofur the top of the kitteh so it's not something they has to walk into. Mom made it herself and it cost about $40 in materials. She has all the instrukshuns written out fur how to make it if'n you be interested. If so, let me know and I send it to you. shepshawnee at cs dot com

Oskar said...

Wow, what a survivor Buddy is. We are praying that you can help him. Maybe he wants to be helped since he came back.

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

Julia Williams said...

Oh noes! Poor Buddy, that wound looks awful and he sure does need help. I am purring and praying hard that he can get rescued and fixed up.

Julia Williams said...

And I forgot to say... Happy Gotcha Day Pip!!! Ten wonderful years -- you are so lucky to have such a great home. I wrote my Gotcha Day tale yesterday!

Sagira said...

Can you see if the shelter will let you borrow a live trap? Poor Buddy...I sure hope they are able to fix him up and get that ouchie all better.

Happy soon to be Gotcha day! :)

Maggie Mae said...

PiP,
Poor Buddy :( Mom and me is prayin' fur hims and we hope dat your sweet momma can safely catch him soon. We will be back tomorrow to help you celebrate your Gotcha Day my furiend.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Tessa the Maltese said...

Oh Pip we sure hope that you are able to catch Buddy. I just know that he came back to your house for a reason!

I sure is looking forward for your Gotcha Day tomorrow!

woos, Tessa

pumpkinpuddy said...

Oh poor Buddy. I got my paws crossed the he lets everyone help him.

And Happy Gotcha Day! It's wonderful being gotted and loved.

Peggy Frezon said...

Oh poor kitty. You are a good friend to help.
Happy Gotcha Day!

Sam said...

Poor Buddy! Good luck trying to catch him - try tuna (or Macdonalds hamburger meet). Both of those did wonders to help us catch our kitties.

Sam

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

I've got all my best RUMBLEPURRS for little Buddy that you guys can help him out.

Kwee Cats said...

Mr. Pip, Mumsy gots her Kleenex for her leaky eyes, and we all gots our purrs rumbling so strong the house be shaking!

houndstooth said...

Pip, we are definitely sending all our best vibes Buddy's way! I hope he can get the help he needs.

Also, happy gotcha day! Your family is so lucky they get to share life with a famous dog like you!

Bunny

Amber DaWeenie said...

Pip, we will definitely keep all our paws crossed for poor Buddy. He has such beautiful eyes.

Also...HAPPY GOTCHA DAY! (You means you got "gotted" on 9-11-01?? Whew!! Dat's a day none of us will forget!

Benny and Lily said...

Happee Gotcha Day Pip. Hope you can get poor Buddy to the V-E-T
Benny & Lily

Dory and the Mama said...

Our paws are crossed and Mama is saying prayers for Buddy...we sure hope you can get him some help!!


Smileys!
Dory, Jakey & Bilbo

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh Mr Pip
Your kitty friend Buddy looks so sad. We hope you can catch him and get him to the dr,,, and some help.
It was so kind of you to try to help him all these years.
We have crossed our paws that you catch him.
Happy GOTCHA DAY MR PIP!!!
We love you
xoxo
tweedles

Suka said...

hey Mr. Pip,

First, Happy Gotcha Day! I will be sniffing my way over to read your rescue story in a moment. I hope you have a wonderful, fun-filled and loving day with your family! <3

I am so sorry to read about Buddy, but you are right, he came back to you for a reason - because he knew you would do your best to help him. Please know my paws are crossed, and prayers are being said, that you are able to catch him and get him the medical attention his needs. His wound looks very painful and that makes me sad. Good luck!!!

Suka

scottishdogs said...

Hi Pip

Good luck with your Rescue. Looks like Buddy knew who to come to for help.

The injury looks terrible.

Hector
x

Daisy said...

Oh, dear! I hope you can trap Buddy so he can get help for his terrible wound. I'm purring my best!

Sarge said...

Hey Pip!
Wow, here's a huge, big Happy Happy Gotcha Day to You! I hope you have an amazing day and a great year! Sending my strong healing vibes to Buddy.
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, poor Buddy. That must have hurt. We hope he can be trapped and helped.

Bobby said...

We hope you can catch Buddy to help him. We catch them with the food and cat trap cages.
Happy gotcha day.
Licks Bobby

Asta said...

Sweet Sweet Pip,
I wish you a most wondewful gotcha day and will cewtainly cwoss my paws that youw celbwation can be twooly happy because Buddy can be helped. I hope the wescoo peoples can get him and give him the help he needs. Poow sweetie, must be huwting and scawed..I pway he can let himself be helped.
I love youw cawing heawt
smoochie kisses
ASTA

KB said...

I hope, with all my heart, that you can catch Buddy and get him help. I agree that he came back for a reason - he needs help!

And, Happy Gotcha day in advance, Mr. Pip!

Anny said...

I sure hope you manage to trap Buddy and get him help. We have some cats that come and go in the garden too. They are usually quite trusting but some have been through a lot to let a human come close.

You could try what Marg did... she has a wonderful way of trapping ferals with the dog carrier.. and some stinky food in the carrier.

Your gotcha day? oh wow.. i got to get my party suit on :D

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Mr. Pip, we have all our paws crossed that you managed to trap Buddy so he could be treated. We're sure he sought you out for help; now he just has to be brave enough to take the last step.

Happy Gotcha Day!

Jed & Abby

bichonpawz said...

Poor little guy!!! We feel bad for him and hope that you all can help him!! Happy Gotcha Day!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Schnauzer Days said...

Oh Mr P, we are so upset to see Buddy like that. We have all our 8 paws crossed that you manage to catch him for some treatment.

Happy Gotcha Day to you little fella!

Your Buds, Dex and Lou xxx

Alien said...

Poor Buddy! Tell Rosie to get a move on finding him!

I'll swing by for your Gotcha Day. I have some hamburgers and beer all wrapped up for you.

Yours,

LP said...

It sounds like Buddy remembered the family that loved and looked out for him even after two years! Poor little guy. We are keeping our paws crossed that he lets you help him again! That wound definitely needs to be looked at :(
Keep us posted!!

the critters in The Cottage

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Happy Belated Gotcha Day, Dear Friend! We may be late but our wishes for a long life filled with health, safety, friends, and love is no less heartfelt.

We are sending the strongest possible White Dog Army energies that Buddy realize he needs help and allows himself to trust enough to be caught and treated. We send soft woos of encouragement to him urging him into arms that will care for him and keep him safe. We too think he came back to your family to be helped.

scottishdogs said...

Just popped by to see if any more news on Buddy

Hope all is well
Hector and Gang
xx

♥Mona + Weenie + Mommy, too♥ said...

Happy Berlated Gotcha Day Pip. Mommy would have been so happy to have knowm 9/11 was your bog day. Now when thaty dreadful date comes alongm she have somethig to smile about...YOU!!

We will pray you catch Buddy and he lives a happy life with you.

{{{huggies}}}...Mona & Weenie

Hilary said...

Pip, Alex's paws are crossed and so are my fingers. I feel that buddy appeared because he knew you guys would help him. I just pray he doesn't get scared and lets you... Happy gotcha day! 10 years.. woo hoo.. I hope you got to have a juicy cheeseburger to celebrate!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Pip, how is Sweet Pea doing? Don't remember seeing an update for a while.

Bailey Be Good! said...

Keeping my paws crossed that you catch Buddy and that his boo boos aren't too bad. Also wishing you a happy Gotcha Day!! I'm a little late, I know. I hope you had a wonderful day! :)

Woofs & hugs, <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Shane Kent Louis said...

oh Don't worry I'm really sure that buddy will come back soon, always pray for him, and you look so cute in your picture, have a great day!



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