NORTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) —  Animal workers in the east metro are marveling over a cat that may have used up three of its lives last week.

According to works with the no-kill animal shelter Caring for Cats, a small 2-year-old cat was seriously hurt in a hit-and-run in Stillwater Township.

Life number one.

A police officer found the cat suffering in the middle of the road, having suffered major trauma from the accident. The officer said he considered mercy killing the animal, but decided he didn’t have the heart to go through with it.

Life number two.

The cat was taken to Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Maplewood, where it was determined the cat suffered a broken rear femur, suffered head trauma and sustained an ulcer on one of his eyes.

He was given medications for pain and ear mites, but the animal control facility couldn’t do surgery on the leg. Unless a shelter would take the cat, he would have to be put down.

Life number three.

The impound manager coordinated for the cat to be moved to Caring for Cats, where he had his leg repaired. His eye, though, may have to be removed.

The cat, which was named Calvin, is currently resting up at Caring for Cats’ North St. Paul facility, perhaps pondering how to spend his remaining six lives.

Comments (25)
  1. LAS says:

    iI’m confused, how does a cat face euthanasia at a no kill shelter?

    1. JamieinMN says:

      I’m sure they DO kill, but not for the sole purpose of creating more room in the shelter. If the cat has sustained injuries that are difficult to attend to, they may choose to put him down.

    2. Erin says:

      The cat was taken to an animal hospital first, then the cat went to a no kill shelter.

      1. Mike says:

        I’m sure the euthenasia headline came from the officer thinking about putting the cat down at the scene because it was suffering

  2. Pencils Down Class says:

    They’re just “Threatening” it with Euthanasia.

  3. Laura says:

    why would they have fixed this poor cat just to put it to sleep? I’m hoping they just picked a horrible title to this article and the cat is recovering well at this new shelter

    1. H says:

      Maybe you should have read the article??? Then you would have been able to answer your own question.

  4. stella says:

    Caring for cats is a wonderful no kill shelter, I adopted my cat from them, they are just fantastic and will take wonderful care of that poor sweet kitty. Even if he never finds a forever home he will have one with them.

  5. TW says:

    What would all of the dollars and time spent on this cat have done if used for a child in crisis, especially a child in a developing nation struggling with basic health and nutrition needs. I know it is not the cats fault but I sometimes feel the injustice of the money that goes into animal care when kids in poor countries die from treatable diseases like malaria and typhoid. Just so you know, I own a dog but it gets adequate but not premium care and we do support a school kid in Guatemala for more than we spend on the dog. The child we sponsor gets an education, health care, meals at school and she is home with her parents each night in the barrio.

    1. zelda says:

      I think it’s wonderful that you help support a child in Guatemala! However, i thought I’d point out that the funding given to animal welfare organizations is a mere drop in the ocean of funding given to human/child welfare organizations. The amount is miniscule in compariosn. If you look into the eyes of your dog – or any animal – you’ll realize that what little funding animal care organizations do receive is worth it. I support both human and animal non-profits as much as possible, and I don’t think that wanting to help animals necessarily means that I don’t want to help children. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.

      1. ohoh says:

        Hi Zelda, two of the richest organizations in the world are the Humane Society and the Sierra Club. They do not use their funds to help local chapters, they are pretty much on their own. They use theri funds fo advertize for more funds and contribute money to questionable political organizations, even al-queida has been supported by PETA.. Everyone if you want to help the animals, donate on a local level, then you can be assured the $ goes where you want.

        1. zelda says:

          It’s true that giving to smaller organizations that help animals makes good sense. There are many excellent local humane societies and animal rescue groups that are desperate for funding. Local giving is the best way to go.

          1. zelda says:

            P.S. I’m not quite sure where you got your information about the Humane Society of the United States and the Sierra Club being the richest organization in the world. That’s quite a statement. Can you cite references? I also hadn’t heard about PETA supporting Al-quieda. That’s astounding.

            1. ohoh says:

              HI Zelda, I had the info on the funding, I’ll see if I can get it for you. It is easy for these organizations to become very wealthy because they have no one to answer to. How many people track where there dollar goes when we see a touching commercial? And the cats and dogs have no to voice to ask, ‘why not help me” the money these groups gather has no accountability, they can use the funds for anything and they know that people love animals and use certain scenerios to touch people hearts and pocketbooks to constantly keep the money coming.

      2. TW says:

        I agree that they are not mutually exclusive but I know what my limit is on providing care and support for animals and it is sure not going to be extravagant. We have a good dog but when the years add up or some major illness or injury comes I am fully ready to do what needs to be done to not waste my families limited resources to save a dog. Been there, done that, got over it and moved on.

    2. Animal Lover says:

      What a lucky dog! I’m sure he loves receiving your “adequate” care. I volunteered at a Humane Society that took care of dogs that had the “adequate” care you speak of from their families. If you don’t love animals and aren’t willing to go the extra mile for them, don’t bring one into your home. They are just as important as any other family member or child! Rescue organizations exist to clean up the messes that people like you make.

      1. TW says:

        Yeah, I am sure we could go back on forth on what adequate is. What I mean is that my dog doesn’t need an expensive brand of dog food, mid range price works just fine. My dog doesn’t need clothing accessories or nail polish. My dog doesn’t need extraordinary medical interventions when the time comes and she is ill beyond normal vet care. My dog gets to live in a loving home, eat two square meals a day plus a bit here and there. She gets exercise by walking several days a week 2-3 miles. She gets an annual vet exam but we provide year round heartworm prophylaxis by using bulk forms of ivomectin ie; much cheaper than the veterinarian program for heartworm control and no chance for them to get established. Yeah, my dog gets adequate care which is a lot more then many children get in many places on this planet. Pets are important but when they get so much spent on them for the sake of vanity or the inability to put one down when it is gravely ill, to me that is injustice at the most elemental level. I hope you read this and understand that I have seen what I speak of, groups of street children living in the cemeteries in the capital of Paraguay, working the highway intersections with soda bottles of soapy water and a squeegee trying to earn a few coins while retaining some measure of dignity. I would love to take some animal rights folks to places like that, or how about to the gutters of Asia where kids are prostituted to tourists who go do things they would never get away with back in their home countries. I bet those kids would love some “adequate” care. You just keep doing your humane society thing, feel good and don’t look to close at the needs of people here in our nation or pick another where the need level rise like you would not imagine. Am I getting through to anyone, does one cat really warrant so much attention when kids die daily by the untold thousands because of easily treated problems?

        1. zelda says:

          I don’t understand why people assume that animal rights (in this case, animal welfare) proponents are somehow against helping children throughout the world. Please don’t assume that because a person has compassion for animals that he or she does not have compassion for children. That is simply false.

          1. zelda says:

            Also, i agree with you that t’s shameful when people pamper their pets with expensive toys and clothing and things that actually please them (the owner) more than the dog, when there are so many in need. I guess different people draw the line in different places, as far as how much to give to themselves and how much to give to others (be it human beings or animals). Some people do go overboard when it comes to their companion animals, but the definition of “overboard” seems to differ greatly.

          2. TW says:

            I am more passionate about helping kids, so I am jealous of the dollars that go to animal welfare. I think this is what we will be held accountable for as in Matthew 25:31-46 the lesson on “whatever we do to the least of these”. Sure, being kind to an animal is a good thing, but being merciful and just to the elderly and the young is better.

    3. Jenny says:

      boo…have a heart to a helpless animal…kids and animals are completely different…

  6. kim says:

    I hope this cat is put up for adoption and finds a safe and loving home.

  7. Brittany says:

    Caring for Cats is a great NO KILL shelter. And when they say NO KILL they mean NO KILL. If the cat can live a good life the will do whatever it takes to help them. I am fostering a cat who has been through so much sadness in her life including an accident that caused her to have her rear left leg amputated and to go blind. They did all of her surgeries and take care of all medical expenses. I’m sure they will do whatever it takes to make sure this cat lives and try to find him his forever home.

  8. Amy says:

    Caring For Cats is an amazing shelter. The cat is very fortunate that they could take him in.

    Caring for the most helpless of creatures is never wrong. Maybe when we stop putting humanity above all of the rest of creation there will be less suffering in the world.

  9. Jenny says:

    Caring for a helpless animal and kids are completely different subjects…..there is too much cruelty to animals in this country.

    I wish i could take another cat in, i would take this one in, but i’m sure he’ll find a home.

    Love your animals!!

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