Injured stray cat needs home after $2,000 surgery

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Chevelle Reese came across a stray cat who’d been hit by a car in early February. Not knowing what to do, she got out of the car to check on the cat’s condition and discovered she was still alive.

The 18-year-old woman didn’t want to leave the cat to die, so she called a local vet, who performed major reconstructive surgery of the cat’s shattered jaw. The surgery cost Reese $2,000, all for a feral cat that she can’t keep once the feline is finished healing.

Amanda Esposito has been helping Reese care for the cat, who they’ve named “Kat," during her recovery, but they are not able to give the cat a permanent home.

Esposito called several facilities in Bakersfield to find out who would be able to take the cat when she was fully healed, but none could keep the cat without euthanizing her. Neither Reese nor Esposito want to sentence the cat to death.

The vet said the cat is very aggressive and wouldn’t be easily transitioned into an adoptive family home. Reese and Esposito aren’t sure what other choice they have besides freeing the cat back into the wild once she is healed.