VOLUNTEERS from a Sheffield cat home have launched an urgent appeal to raise cash to pay for costly medical care required by a pair of ailing kittens in their care.
The first is Oliver, one of a litter of kittens taken to Sheffield Cats Shelter after being found abandoned.
His brothers and sisters are now ready for adoption - but Oliver has ongoing medical problem which need treatment.
Shelter spokeswoman Christine Goddard said: “He has been diagnosed with an enlarged heart which is constricting his oesophagus and causing him to choke.
“Thankfully his condition is treatable but, because he needs ongoing medical care, he is currently living with foster parents.
“The foster scheme allows cats that need ongoing care to find temporary homes while the Shelter meets all medical costs.”
Oliver will shortly need an operation to ensure his full recovery and enable him to be adopted.
Rush is another abandoned kitten the Shelter is caring for and needs treatment to help her walk properly.
Christine said: “Her front legs are deformed which means that she has trouble walking.
“She has already had one successful operation, but needs a second one on her other leg.
“Rush was probably abandoned because of her deformity but these operations, though costly, will enable her to lead a normal life.
“She is such a happy, loving little cat she deserves this chance.”
The Shelter has so far spent £600 on medical care for Oliver and Rush’s operations will cost about £1,000.
Cat care manager Kim Steele said it was a struggle but pledged the shelter would do all it can to help the cats back to fitness.
She said: “Like many charities, we are feeling the effects of the economic downturn.
“Expensive operations such as this mean our budget is hard hit and we welcome any donations to help meet the costs”.
n Donations can be sent to The Treasurer, Sheffield Cats Shelter, 1 Travis Place, Sheffield, S10 2DB marking the envelope either Oliver or Rush.