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More than £800 raised for a poorly Surrey cat down on his luck

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More than £800 raised for a poorly Surrey cat down on his luck

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 6:00am 5th April 2020. (Updated at 10:03am 6th April 2020)

An online fundraiser for a poorly Surrey cat down on his luck has already raised over £800. 

Cats Protection Farnham, Camberley and District Branch  launched the appeal to fund an emergency ear operation and support the post-cancer recovery of Bumble.

Black and white Bumble was diagnosed with cancer after a large skin growth was discovered on his ear and the Ash House practice in Aldershot decided the best course of treatment was to remove his ear. 

Cats Protection’s Farnham, Camberley and District Branch Coordinator Sue Millward, said:

“As this form of cancer can be quite locally aggressive it was felt that removal of the majority of the ear was essential, especially as we didn’t have any medical history of how long the tumour had been growing.

“Taking into account his estimated age of around 10 years, surgery sooner rather than later was advised, so we committed the necessary funds and gave the immediate go-ahead.”

Large vet bills are part of everyday life for a cat charity, but urgent cases such as Bumble’s potentially life-saving operation and recovery can stretch the financial limits of a team of volunteer cat carers. 

Sue Millward added:

“Specialist treatment comes at a price and when a cat is in pain or at risk, as was the case with Bumble, we cannot wait to raise funds in advance.

"As volunteers we rely on the support of our community and we can only continue to help more cats with the generosity of local people.”

Bumble Justgiving Farnham

The charity set a target of £600 which has now been reached.

Any extra money will be used to support the other cats the charity cares for. 

Although he looks a bit lopsided with only one ear, Bumble took the surgery in his stride and is recovering well.

He will remain in Cats Protection’s foster care until he is well enough to be rehomed after the current restrictions are relaxed.

During the coronavirus crisis, Cats Protection branches and centres are looking after cats already in their care, but cannot rehome cats and are only taking in emergency cases.