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.
Once he was in less pain, his irresistible charm and sparkling personality started to shine through!
Despite how much pain and suffering he’d endured, Morris still loved to be pet and held.
It didn’t take long for him to open his heart and become very trusting of the amazing vet team taking care of him.
“They’ve fell in love with him,” said Sarah. “The vet and her team took turns carrying him around like a baby and rocking him to sleep.”
The Road to Recovery
The vet couldn’t find the source of the abscess, leading her to believe that his injury had been left untreated for a very long time.
She discovered fungus and bacteria growing all over his open wounds.
Though the skin was dead, the tissue was still viable, meaning the vet was able to save his tissue and start the first phase of treatment.
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.