Injured Liquor Store Cat Overcomes the Odds, Loves Being Cradled by Vet Team During Recovery
In the small town of Morrilton, Arkansas, a bubbly orange tabby cat named Morris had made the local liquor store his home for over a year.
Morris had won the hearts of both employees and customers with spunky personality and irresistible charm.
Despite how popular he was, the community was late to take action when Morris’s health took a tragic turn for the worse.
Keep reading to find out how this beloved liquor store cat was able to overcome the odds thanks to the help of a kind-hearted rescuer and dedicated vet team!
A Loyal Friend
Morris had earned the reputation of being an exceptionally friendly cat who’d make frequent appearances around the liquor store.
He’d greet customers and make them smile, winning the hearts of many people in the community.
But one day, some of the liquor store workers noticed that Morris had a bad injury on his face.
Thinking his wounds would scab over and heal on their own, no one felt it was urgent to get Morris medical attention.
What they didn’t know was that Morris had developed a severe abscess on his face that ruptured.
His injury only got worse, leaving the left side of his face severely damaged from cheek to neck.
When it became clear Morris’s life was in danger, one of the liquor store employees posted on Facebook begging for help.
Sarah Richardson, rescue coordinator for , saw the post and immediately took action.
She arranged an emergency rescue with one of her volunteer transporters, who jumped in her car at 11pm and made a 2 hour drive to rescue Morris.
But Morris was not going to make it easy for them.
The normally friendly liquor store cat was hiding under the deck, too terrified to come out.
Thankfully, they were able to coax Morris out from under the deck and into a carrier.
However, Morris was in pain, confused, and stressed by all the commotion.
He cried and whimpered the entire car ride home, unable to shake off the fear and anxiety.
Little did he know, the love and care he was about to receive would change his life forever.
Helpful Hands, Hopeful Hearts
When Sarah finally met Morris face-to-face, her heart broke at the sight of his injuries.
“I’d only seen two photos of him on Facebook,” said Sarah. “I knew it was going to be bad, but it was much worse than I expected.”
Morris was in a tremendous amount of pain and Sarah wasted no time getting to work.
She immediately gave him pain medication, giving Morris a chance to take a long, much needed nap.
“It was probably the first time in a long time that he was able to get some real rest,” said Sarah. “The pain he’d endured took a serious toll on his body.”
She shaved and cleaned his entire face and put him on heavy antibiotics.
His wound treatment protocol was so intense that it required that his bandages be re-wrapped every 24-48 hours.
“The vet said Morris was a “Houdini” at wiggling out of his bandages,” Sarah laughed. “She learned to get creative about securing them.”
Welcome Home, Morris!
Sarah was thrilled to learn that Morris was stable enough to leave the vet clinic and enter his foster home.
“Some rescue days are really hard, but days like this make it all worth it,” said Sarah on Instagram. “Morris the Miracle is HOME from his long hospital stay!”
Everyone is so proud of Morris and all the progress he’s made since being rescued.