‘Olaf Taught Me Perserverence’: Maltese Fosterer Recounts Kitten’s Miraculous Story As He Turns Two
A hard-working Maltese cat fosterer has recounted how one of her feline baby’s miraculous success story taught her the gift of perseverance
Olaf, a stray cat whose life was hanging by a thread, recently turned two years old – a living testament to why you should never give up on animals.
Speaking with Lovin Malta, Miriam Borg Debrincat from Kitty Guardians Malta, went into the ins and outs of Olaf’s heartbreaking yet beautiful story, marking two years since his challenging start to life, while also pleading for donations as the organisation is currently in debt.
“A stray cat had come into our foster care back in early March 2021 which we named Umpkin. She gave birth on 22nd March to five beautiful babies… unfortunately, after a week she up and abandoned them,” Borg Debrincat recounted.
“We spent hours thinking what was best to do next. We had a super mama, named Patches, who had also just had five kittens, and gave birth on 14th March 2021. We had to improvise and act fast so we took Umpkin’s kittens and gave them to Patches. She was immediately taken with them and started feeding them instantly.
“We were so happy, over the moon… after five weeks, they were all growing up into beautiful little munchkins… But tragedy struck.”
“My husband, who went twice daily to clean and feed them as per usual, found a little one, a beautiful blue-eyed sweet angel from Umpkin’s bunch, fully paralysed laying on his side and having severe seizures.”
“We rushed him to the vet and we were told there’s no hope… another told us it could be glucose deficiency, while the third and fourth ones both wanted to put him down.”
“But we never gave up and continued our search for help along with the help of some of our friends and followers. The fifth visit to another vet was the light in the dark we were so desperately aching for,” she said.
However, daily visits were needed to control seizures and to aid him to pass stool and pee. In the meantime, physiotherapy also started at the same clinic while acupuncture started weeks later with Dr Zoran.
“In time, day by day, he started improving his mobility bit by bit, in his own way. He fought hard, battled, and endured terrifying painful seizures but being a warrior he conquered all… We never lost hope….and kept faith in him.”
“Many supported us through this treacherous journey and for that, I’m forever grateful. He won the Best Pet Of The Year award back in October 2021 during the 1st Animal Honour Awards.”
Against all odds, Olaf has now turned two years old.
“Can you imagine if he was born outside? He would have died, unable to move or search for help. This is why we do what we do… this is why we sacrifice our lives, our time, money and health.”
“He is our mascot, our drive, and literally, our angel from the heavens. He taught us a lot – he touched many lives, and stole many hearts… a true blessing. Personally, even though I’m his proud human mama, he thought me the best lesson he could ever in his own humble innocent way: perseverance,” she said.
“We’re here pleading and begging for donations in lieu of birthday presents in his honour – a way to celebrate his life and help those less fortunate than him & continue our mission in aiding local stray cats.”
“Unfortunately at the moment we have no funds left, we’re actually operating on debt and is now accumulating fast with over €1.9k in pending bills,” she said regretfully.
If you are in a position to help Miriam continue doing her stellar job, please follow the instructions below:
BOV Mobile and Revolut Donations: 00356 77042556
Paypal Donations: paypal.me/kittyguardiansmalta
Bank Transfer Donations: MT52VALL22013000000040022180162 (Miriam Borg Debrincat)
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