Smokey is a familiar face around Ridley Road Market, having lived in a shop.
My heart broke this morning when I heard from our friend Barbara Read, of Feline Friends London. Feline Friends London is a Hackney based cat charity, founded by Barbara who is also Hackney Councils Cat Welfare Officer, an unpaid position she is more than happy to hold. While Smokey’s life saving procedure has cost hundred of pounds already, it would cost 3 times more if carried out by any other Vet, than the very skilled compassionate vets at The Celia Hammond Animal Trust in Canning Town.
Her statement on Facebook has been copied and pasted below:
Smokey is a 9 month old ginger and white male cat who has been living in one of the shops on Ridley Road market and who has become our special friend. We already have Smokey’s mother, Spicy, in our foster care and a couple of weeks ago we got Smokey neutered and fostered during his recovery.
On Sunday we received the sad news that Smokey had been hit by a car on Ridley Road. We went straight down to discover he had been hit in the face and took him immediately to Celia Hammond Animal Trust in Canning Town, where he received emergency treatment. His jaw has been wired and he is being fed via a feeding tube. He has had to have his right eye removed and currently has no sight in his left eye.
Despite all this little cat has been through, he still enjoys playing in his cage and loves to have cuddles from the clinic staff.
Quite a few local people who know and love Smokey, including people from around Ridley Road, have been asking about his progress. He will need to remain in the clinic for some time yet, while his jaw and his broken nasal bone repair themselves.
Smokey’s treatment has already cost hundreds of pounds. If you would like to donate to help us cover the continuing cost of Smokey’s care, please go to www.felinefriendslondon.uk, where you will find a donate button on the lower right corner on all, except the adoption page.