Meet thumper

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Thumper's Story.

In January a woman in Pender County called Pender County Animal Services to have a stray cat removed.

The cat was calm and sweet upon removal, but it was a victim of animal abuse. Someone had wrapped electrical tape tightly around the cat’s front legs. It had happened so long previously to the cat being discovered that one of her feet had fallen off and the other was dangling.

Eventually the legs had to be amputated.

They named the cat Thumper and immediately transferred her to Furever Friends Animal Rescue for medical assessment and care.

PHOTOS: Thumper the cat's recovery

Thumper the stray cat was a victim of animal abuse. Her front legs had been wrapped tight with electrical tape for so long that one foot had fallen off and the other was dangling when she was found. 

During her treatment, Jennifer Stowell, a veterinary technician, decided to foster Thumper. She already had Helper the cat and Bonita the dog, who provided companionship to Thumper during her recovery. [

Thumper the stray cat was a victim of animal abuse. Her front legs had been wrapped tight with electrical tape for so long that one foot had fallen off and the other was dangling when she was found.

It was determined early on that Thumper needed to be transferred to N.C. State Veterinary School for treatment. Since January, Thumper has gone through several surgeries. Her two front limbs were bandaged for healing.

A Go Fund Me page was started. Money was donated. But because of the severe nature of the damage and specialized surgery required, much more was needed. Fortunately, an anonymous donor referred to as Thumper’s Guardian Angel heard of Thumper’s plight and contacted FFAR offering to pay for the specialized surgery.

During Thumper’s several weeks stay at NCSU, Jennifer Stowell, a veterinary technician caring for Thumper, decided to foster her. It was the perfect place for Thumper: someone who could care for her medical needs and provide a stable loving environment to recuperate. Stowell also has a dog (Bonita) and a cat (Helper) who provided companionship to Thumper during her recovery.

Thumper is healing and learning to cope with life with shorter limbs. While clearly on the road to recovery, there is still the possibility of another surgery. The medical team at NCSU are working together to decide if a wheelchair or prosthetics would be best for Thumper going forward. And of course there are on-going medical expenses such as follow up visits, bandage changes and medications.

Stowell has decided to adopt Thumper and can’t imagine life without her.