Buddy the cat, who was mutilated by two dogs in Frankford last month, is recovering well from his attack and may have found a new forever home.
Katie Venanzi, the BluePearl Pet Hospital veterinarian who cared for Buddy the first night after the incident, is currently working on adopting him, said Gillian Kocher, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania SPCA. Venanzi has been welcoming Buddy since his release from hospital on April 1.
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“We want to do whatever he needs,” Venanzi said. Audacity when it was first announced that she was bringing the cat home. “We’ll take it day by day and see how it goes, but we really hope to keep it.”
Buddy’s previous owners couldn’t take him back, as they tried unsuccessfully to bring the outdoor cat back to their home, where he would be safer.
“We understand he was living on the outside,” Venanzi said. “If he is not comfortable living in our home, we are willing to work with other people who will give him the opportunity to be in a safe but still exposed environment outside. ”
Now that Buddy is at Venanzi’s, he seems to be adjusting to life inside, according to the most recent update of the PSPCA. He spends every night in his adoptive parents’ room and gets along well with their other cat, Teddy.
The PSPCA uses Buddy’s story to highlight cases of animal abuse with the hashtag #SaveEveryBuddy.
The organization made a line of t shirts with the tagline that have already raised nearly $30,000 and he’s raised thousands more in honor of Buddy, Kocher said.
Buddy’s attack attracted a lot of attention as it was captured on video. Although similar cases of animal abuse are not uncommon, they are rarely documented so clearly.
The PSPCA says it has rescued 158 animals from abusive situations since Buddy was attacked on March 22.
“That’s over five Buddy’s every day,” the PSPCA mentioned.
After Buddy’s attack, the PSPCA and other animal rights groups launched a social media campaign to identify the two individuals responsible for the attack. Late last month, a 17-year-old and a 12-year-old were taken into custody and charged with animal fighting and aggravated animal cruelty, both of which are felonies.
A May trial date has been announced for the two minors, Audacy reported.
The PSPCA is still accepting donations for Buddy on his website. The funds will be used to care for him and other cats rescued from abusive situations.