Scrunch
Scrunch

VAN WERT – When Scrunch, a 6-week old kitten, was taken to the veterinarian after being found in the road by a Good Samaritan, the prognosis was grim for her survival.

"She was found lying on the road," said Van Wert County Humane Society Vice-President Franki Eggleston. "She had been lying there a long time, enough for her gums to be gray. She wasn't moving; she was limp."

The Good Samaritan who found Scrunch thought she was a hat lying in the middle of the road. Upon realizing that she was a kitten, Scrunch was taken to the Animal Clinic of Van Wert. There, x-rays were taken which showed Scrunch wasn't suffering from any broken bones. After doing blood-work and giving her fluids, as she was severely dehydrated, it appeared everything on the inside was working properly. However, Scrunch couldn't move. Eggleston said the employees at the vet's office did not think Scrunch would live.

"She didn't move for three or four days," said Eggleston. "She could only move her eyes. She was pretty much paralyzed."

"She was very dehydrated from laying in the road for so long with no water," Eggleston continued. "She also had fleas so they were sucking some life out of her."

One of the vet techs took Scrunch home for a couple of nights to care for her before reaching out to Humane Society volunteers. After a couple of days, Eggleston took Scrunch in to foster her and help her recover.

"She had to be turned on each side every couple of hours when she was fed," said Eggleston. "The first night I had her, I turned her and fed her. The next day I got her out and I massaged her arms and legs and moved her around."

Slowly, Scrunch started to get feeling back. Within a couple of days of Eggleston working with her, Scrunch began using the litter box and then became more playful.

"Her last thing to move was her head," said Eggleston. "She couldn't turn her head very well but she was walking fine."

After fostering Scrunch for a bit, Eggleston brought her to the Humane Society to help her find a forever home. Not long after, Scrunch was adopted.

Today, she is able to play, jump, and run like a normal kitten. The only signs of her trauma are in her fur.

"She has what they call a 'trauma coat,'" said Eggleston. "Her coat was black for the first couple of weeks and then it slowly started to turn white and silver."

A trauma coat happens when an animal has been through a lot of stress; their hair can turn white from it.

Now Scrunch is around 11 weeks old and a happy, playful, normal kitten.

The Humane Society has taken in many injured kittens this year including kittens with broken legs, kittens with severe eye infections that caused the eyes to need to be removed, kittens with skin pulled away from their lip, a kitten missing a leg, and various other injuries.

With winter approaching, Eggleston said she encourages people to check under their cars and in their engines before starting their cars to prevent injuries to cats who are seeking shelter.