UPDATE Aug. 8: Earlier this afternoon, we received this e-mail from Andre Miller of Volunteers for Animals, and it's a happy ending to this story. Kudos to our kind readers.
"THANK YOU THANK YOU! Power of the media. Not only have we raised enough money for Yolo, but she has a home!!!!! A woman saw your article and just lost her 16-year-old amputee kitty. She is going to take her home after surgery and care for the cat as she is retired and can give her lots of attention. So thank you for putting this out there! It's a lifesaver!"
There is a kitten with great heart and courage at the Genesee County Animal Shelter and her name is Yolo, which stands for "You Only Live Once."
Actually, she's lucky to be alive. It is believed that she was struck by a car. Yolo was found by the McDonald's in Batavia and one of her back legs is badly injured and needs to be amputated. She needs your help for doctor bills.
If you check out the Volunteers for Animals' Facebook page, there's a video of the poor thing trying to walk.
"She is so sweet and such a cute personality we wanted to give her a chance," says volunteer Andre Miller. "There is no nerve function in the leg. It just drags when she walks. She is around 5-6 months old, so learning to walk with three legs will be easier after the surgery.
"Right now the leg is in the way, but she is not in any pain. It is hard for her to use the litter box and get around her cage."
Yolo is having surgery at State Street Animal Hospital on Friday Aug. 9. The hospital is helping out and quoted a price of around $600 and said if the surgery takes longer they will not charge more.
"So far we have half the money raised for this surgery," Miller said in an e-mail. "The kitten will be going to a great foster home to recover after surgery. It will take her some time in foster to learn how to live with three legs. So we are looking for help from our great community to help this sweet girl out."
Donators can mail a check to:
Volunteers For Animals
P.O. Box 1621
Batavia, NY 14021
or the volunteers have a Paypal account -- http://www.vol4animals.org/helptheanimalsat.html